Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, Ainsworth Hot Springs

#21 of 40 in Nature in Kootenay Rockies
National Park · Nature / Park
Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is one of the oldest provincial parks in British Columbia, established in 1922. The park has an area of 320.35 km2 (123.69 sq mi) and is located in the Selkirk Mountains in the West Kootenays region of BC. The park has three glaciers (Kokanee, Caribou, and Woodbury) that feed over 30 alpine lakes which are the headwaters of many creeks.

There are five access roads entering the park, which were developed as mining and forestry roads along the major drainages. The nearest towns are Nelson, Ainsworth, Kaslo and Slocan City (access is primarily from Nelson and Kaslo). Pierre Trudeau's youngest son, Michel, was killed in an avalanche in 1998 while skiing at the park.

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  • Enjoyed this park many times and the beauty never disappoints. The drive isn’t scary if you know how to drive and pay attention. The hike at the top is worth the views. If you can’t manage an uphill.....  more »
  • Head north off the highway and you will need to travel approximately 11 km on a bumpy, windy, narrow road. But well worth it There is limited parking on the side of the road. Hiking boots and...  more »
  • Took the Silver Spray hike. Hard to drive there but well worth it.
  • Beautiful lakes and access to Kokanee glacier
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