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Simpson River trail – Kootenay National Park

Simpson River trail – Kootenay National Park

The Simpson River trail might not be on the top of your list of possible hikes in Kootenay National park – but the scenery is pretty amazing. Like the other areas I have shown so far in Kootenay National park, this region was ravaged by wildfires (the fire here was back in 2001.) Those fires are recent enough that there are very few tall trees to block your views of the surrounding mountains. They are also long enough ago that…

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Paint Pots – Kootenay National Park

Paint Pots – Kootenay National Park

The Paint Pots trail will take you to a group of mineral-rich springs in Kootenay National Park, that are incredible colours; Just like natural pots of paint. As well as the colourful pools of water, the iron-rich water has stained the surrounding soil a vibrant ochre colour. It all looks incredible against the bright green grass and the blue waters of the Vermilion River. This part of the Canadian Rockies has impressive mountain views in all directions, but it is…

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Marble Canyon – Kootenay National Park

Marble Canyon – Kootenay National Park

Sometimes you need easy days in the Rockies! We were camping at Marble Canyon Campground, just opposite the actual Marble Canyon; So it would have been mad for us not to take a peek at this famous geological feature. Even if you are not staying nearby, Marble Canyon offers more of those crazy blue glacial waters as well as epic mountain views by a spectacular canyon. You should definitely visit here as you explore Kootenay National Park or Banff. A…

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Consolation Lakes – Moraine Lake hikes

Consolation Lakes – Moraine Lake hikes

The trail to Consolation Lakes is the most family friendly of all the possible hikes near Moraine Lake. It is less than 3km in each direction, with very little elevation gain. Despite the ease of the walk, you’ll be rewarded with fabulous views of glacier covered mountains and a quiet valley. You might even be lucky enough to finish with a marmot photoshoot. We did this as our third hike of the day (after walking to Sentinel Pass and Eiffel…

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