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Kootenay National Park, Kootenay National Park, Alberta
Tel: 250 347 9615
Concierge.com's insider take:
Located just west of the Alberta border, this 543-square-mile park contains the Radium Hot Springs mineral pool (5420 Highway 93; 250-347-9485) and Stanley Glacier's hiking trails. Due to bridge repairs (expected to be complete by the end of summer 2007), the roaring waters of the ice-carved Marble Canyon are off-limits, but the nearby Paint Pots—a stunning trio of red, orange, and yellow ponds colored by oxide-rich springs—are currently accessible just off the highway. Most visitors take in this park's sweeping landscapes through their car windows as they drive along Highway 93, so even when tourists inundate the surrounding areas (all summer), the foot-traveled parts of Kootenay remain relatively serene and undisturbed.