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Best camping trails in Kootenay National Park, Canada

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Explore the most popular camping trails in Kootenay National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of camping trails in Kootenay National Park, Canada
Park information
Acreage:
347,430 acres
Contact
250-347-9505
Top trails (8)
#1 - Floe Lake Track
Kootenay National Park
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Length: 12 mi • Est. 6 h 58 m
The trail starts at the Floe Lake Trailhead right off the highway near the east side of the park. You'll start on a flat stretch, crossing two rivers (w/ bridges) before switchbacking up through burnt stands of timber. Once you break the treeline, the trail is relatively flat for most of the way, opening up to wide meadows where for several weeks in the Summer, you will be wading through fields of pink fireweed. The final ascent to Floe Lake near the end of the trail is the most strenuous, consisting of a series of steep switchbacks out of the valley. But the climb is worth it. When you reach the top, the view opens up to Floe Lake, an isolated glacial lake butting up against granite cliff. If you are backpacking and planning on staying the night, claim your campsite along the shore, which you will have reserved ahead of time. For backpackers, this is often the first stop in a longer, multi-day trip that continues over the nearby pass and deeper into the park, but for beginners, it can be done as a quick one night trip, allowing for greater leisure on the trail and at the lake.Show more
#2 - The Rockwall
Kootenay National Park
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Length: 36.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
This is a multi-day hike in the Canadian Rockies, which offers a considerate amount of elevation changes between campsites, the Rockwall Trail is one of the hardest. It can be done South to North, starting at the Floe lake trailhead and finishing at the Point Pots or vice and versa. The trail includes several waterfalls, numerous creeks, many glaciers, alpine lakes and of course the famous Rockwall itself. This is prime grizzly bear habitat. Please exercise caution.Show more
#3 - Helmet Ochre Junction Camp via Helmet Falls Trail
Kootenay National Park
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 4 m
Note: this is not the full Helmet Falls Trail, only the beginning section leading up to the Helmet Ochre Junction Camp. Show more
#4 - Redstreak Campground Trail
Kootenay National Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
#5 - Simpson River Trail
Kootenay National Park
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Length: 13.9 mi • Est. 7 h 6 m
#6 - Numa Creek Camp
Kootenay National Park
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Length: 24.1 mi • Est. Multi-day
#7 - Kaufmann Lake
Kootenay National Park
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Length: 18 mi • Est. 9 h 23 m
Note: The Marble Canyon parking lot is currently closed due to construction. However, you can reach this trailhead by parking at the Paint Pots lot to the south and hiking to the start of this trail.Show more
#8 - Numa Creek Trail
Kootenay National Park
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 4 h 41 m
This forested trail provides easy access to the famous Rockwall. Beyond the bridge across Numa Creek, the trail climbs gradually through lush sub-alpine forest to a junction with Numa Pass and Tumbling Pass trails. Numa Creek Campground (#11) is less than 500 m to the left. Continue beyond the campground for 7.5 km to Numa Pass. Floe Lake is a further 2.7 km south. TO TRAILHEAD: Follow Highway 93 to the Numa Falls Picnic Area, located beside the Vermilion River 14km (8.5 mi) south of the Banff-Kootenay boundry and 16.5km (10.3 mi) north of Kooteany Park Lodge Visitor Centre. Trail begins at the Vermilion River footbridge 100m beyond the parking area.Show more