150 Things to Do this Summer near our National Parks

150 Things to Do this Summer near our National Parks

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Canada’s natural treasures are protected forever in our provincial and national parks. You’ll find roadside picnic spots, vast areas of unspoiled wilderness and everything in between.  Experience family-friendly camping, hiking trails, mountain biking, rafting, para-gliding, rock climbing and much more in four of our National Parks – Glacier, Kootenay, Mt. Revelstoke and Yoho.

To assist you with your travel plans, here’s a handy list by community (in alphabetical order):

Glacier National Park (Golden, BC)
~ Alpine-hiking with Mistaya Lodge or Purcell Mtn Lodge
~ Alpine ridgeline hikes atop of Kicking Horse Mtn Resort

~ Asulkan Valley – explore the hiking trails of Glacier NP (
more than 400 glaciers in Glacier National)

Hiking in Glacier National Park, photo by David Gluns

~ ATV Tours – guided tours of our backcountry with Awesome All-Season Adventures
~ Bird Watching – the Columbia River has the second largest population of great blue herons in western Canada

~ Boo – visit the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge

~ Buffalo Ranch – buffalo tours of this magnificent creatures
~ Canyon Creek – explore the mountain bike trails

~ Cedar Lake – take a dip
~ Columbia Wetlands – extends for 180-km and is the largest intact wetlands in North America

~ Covered Wagons - sleep under the stars at Beaverfoot Lodge
~ Downhill Mountain Biking at Kicking Horse Mtn

Downhill mountain biking at Kicking Horse Mtn Resort, photo by Dave Best

~ Eagle Eye’s Restaurant – dine at Canada’s highest dining experience (2,347 m / 7,700 ft)
~ Edelweiss Village – step back in time to the early 1900’s when Swiss-style homes were build by the CP railway for guides brought over from Switzerland to guide visitors into the mountains

~ Endurance Mtn Bike Race (Jun 18)
~ Farmers’ Markets

~ Heli-rafting with Glacier Rafting Co.
~ Hemlock Grove Boardwalk Trail – a short 400-m
barrier-free boardwalk offers a rainforest experience to people with mobility disabilities
~ Horseback riding at Bear Corner Adventures Bed & Bale
~ Glacier House CP Hotel – explore the remains left behind of this great hotel

~ Golden Mtn Festival (May 19-22)
~ Golden Ultra - a trail running race and relay (Sep 22-24)

~ Golf – do a round at the Golden Golf Club
~ Loop Brook Trail – family trek in Glacier NP

~ Meditate near the Blaeberry River at Quantum Leaps
~ Paddle - check out the world's largest paddle at Columbia Wetland Adventures

~ Pedestrian Bridge – stroll across the largest freestanding timber bridge in North America

~ Raft the Kicking Horse River

Whitewater rafting the Kicking Horse River, photo by Dave Best

~ Road Trip on the Golden Triangle (Golden-Radium-Banff)
~ Roger’s Pass National Historic Site
~ Para-gliding with Altitude Adventures

~ SUP on the Kicking Horse with Alpine Rafting
~ Sky-Diving with Extreme Yeti Adventures

~ Sport Climbing in Glacier NP or nearby Golden
~ Summer Kicks – live entertainment (begins July 5)

~ Trans BC 6 Day Euro (July 10-15)
~ Via Ferrata with Canadian Mtn Holidays or Kicking Horse Mtn Resort

CMH Via Ferrata at Mt. Nimbus, photo by Ryan Creary

~ Walk with the Wolves with Northern Lights Wolf Centre
~ Watch the sun set atop of Mount 7

~ Wetland Float on the Columbia River with Columbia Wetlands Adventures
~ Whitetooth Brewery – stop for a tasting (one of the newest breweries in the region)

~ XC Flying Competition (July 28-Aug 6)
~ Ziplining with Awesome All-Season Adventures near Yoho National Park

Kootenay National Park (Radium Hot Springs & Invermere, BC)
~ Arrowhead Brewing in Invermere – visit their tasting room
~ ATV Rentals at Panorama with Toby Creek Adventures
~ Bighorn Sheep – meet the locals in Radium Hot Springs

Bighorn Sheep in Radium Hot Springs, photo courtesy of Tourism Radium

~ Bugaboo Provincial Park – explore the largest icefields of the ancient Purcell Mountains & towering granite summits exceeding 3,000 m (9,900 ft.) in height
~ Canoe, kayak, SUP the Columbia Valley with Columbia River Paddle Adventures

~ Continental Divide – this is the continental spine of western North America, it separates two watersheds, two provinces and two National Parks (Banff & Kootenay)
~ Cross-country bike trails for the whole family at Panorama Mtn Resort

~ East Kootenay Beer Fest at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort (Jun 17)

~ EuroBungy – grab some air at Panorama Mtn Resort
~ Farmers’ and Craft Markets in Invermere or Radium Hot Springs

~ Fireweed & Fire Landscapes – can be seen from the highway through Kootenay NP
~ Golf at 10+ golf courses in the valley

~ Hike the Hoodoo Trail, south of Invermere, to a look-out of the Columbia River valley
~ Horseback trails riding – ABarZ Adventures in Fairmont and at Panorama Mtn Resort

~ Kindersley-Sinclair Loop -
this is one of the parks top-rated loops, climbing to alpine meadows
~ Kootenay Krusher Mtn Bike Race (May 28) at Nipika Mtn Resort

~ Kootenay Valley Viewpoint – take-in the expanse
~ Lake Windermere – spend the day at the beach

~ Loop the Lake (Aug 12)
~ Marble Canyon – a great family trek in Kootenay NP

~ Mountain Biking at Nipika Mtn Resort or Panorama Mtn Resort
~ Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park – hike amongst spectacular peaks in the Canadian Rockies (
3,618 metres / 11,939 ft)
~ MusicFest Invermere (Aug 18)
~ Old Coach Trail – this family-friendly trail follows
along the benchlands above the Columbia River, offering fantastic views of the wetlands below in Radium Hot Springs
~ Paint Pots – discover this unusual orange ochre beds in Kootenay NP
~ Panorama Springs Pools and Water Park

~ Picnic at the James Chabot Provincial Park (a day-use family recreation area, next to Lake Windermere in Invermere)
~ Pooch Plunge – swim with your 4-legged furry friend at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort (May 6)

~ Poutine Palooza – Invermere (Oct 9-14)

Radium Hot Springs pools, photo by Summit Communications

~ Radium Hot Springs – soak in the mineral springs (plus Fairmont Hot Springs Resort and the wilderness at Lussier Hot Springs)
~ Rafting – trips available down the Kootenay River or Toby Creek with Kootenay River Runners
~ Redstreak Campground – enjoy glamping in their oTENTiks 

~ Rockwall Trail (Floe Lake) –
a 55 km (34 mile) superlative-laden feast traversing three alpine passes through subalpine meadows and past impressive hanging glaciers

The Rockwall Trail in Kootenay National Park, photo by Kari Medig

~ Sightseeing chairlift rides at Panorama Mtn Resort
~ Sinclair Canyon/Redwall Fault – one of the most impressive gateways to a national park in Canada

Entrance into Kootenay National Park near Radium Hot Springs, photo by Kari Medig

~ Stanley Glacier – hike to/near the glacier to ancient fossil finds in Kootenay NP
~ Show n’Shine Car Show in Radium Hot Springs (Sep 15-17)

~ Wine (BC) Tasting at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort (every Thursday)

~ Wings Over the Rockies Festival (May 8-14)

~ Zipline the Kootenay’s newest zipline - Valley Zipline Adventures

Mt. Revelstoke National Park (Revelstoke, BC)
~ ATVing – side-by-side tours with Great Canadian Tours (including alpine mountain biking)

~ BC Hydro Dam Tours

Revelstoke's BC Hydro Dam, photo by Bruno Long

~ Beaver Lodge Kids Bike Park in Mount Revelstoke National Park
~ Brown Bag Lunch – Revelstoke Museum (or a local Cemetery Tour)

~ Canoeing – rent one with Natural Escapes
~ Craigellachie – historic location of the “last spike” driven into the CP rail-line

~ Crazy Creek Waterfall, Suspension Bridge and Hot Pools
~
Dirt Biking on Revy Rider Tracks & Trails
~ Dirty Feet Revelstoke Trail Running Series (Aug 13)
~ Downhill mountain biking (plus XC mountain biking trails)

~ Enchanted Forest – check out BC tallest tree-house
~ Enduro Adventure Race (Sep 1-3)
~ Eva Lake - hiking this and other trails in Mt. Revelstoke NP
~ Farmers’ & Craft Markets

~ Fly fishing & lake fishing
~ Free ferry ride from Shelter to Galena Bay on the Arrow Lakes

~ Frisbee golf at the Revelstoke Mtn Resort

~ Ghost Town - step back in time at Three Valley

~ Giant Cedar Board Walk – walk amongst the park’s old-growth forest

Giant Cedars Board Walk, photo by Ryan Creary

~ Golfing at the Revelstoke Golf Club
~ Gondola Ride & Sightseeing at Revelstoke Mtn Resort
~ Guided Biking Tours & Lessons with Wandering Wheels

~ Heli-Hiking tours with Selkirk Tangiers
~ Heli-mountain Biking tours with Everything Revelstoke or Selkirk Tangiers

~ Heli-sightseeing Tours with Glacier Helicopters or Selkirk Tangiers
~ Hot Springs soak at Canyon or Halcyon
or Halfway Hot Springs
~ Kayaking on the Jordan or Illecillewaet Rivers
~ Kokanee Challenge Slo-Pitch Tournament (Aug 4-7)

~ Martha Creek Provincial Park – offers a sandy beach on the Revelstoke reservoir

~ Meadows in the Sky Parkway -
takes you through forests of cedar and hemlock, spruce and fir to the renowned subalpine wildflower meadows of Mount Revelstoke National Park
~ Motorcycle Touring – Hwy #23/6 south towards the Silvery Slocan area

~ Mountain Paradise Show & Shine (Jun 3)
~ Mt. Begbie Brewing – check out their secret paw prints & enjoy a local favourite in their new tasting room that looks out to the valley

Nels' Knickers view point in Mt. Revelstoke National Park

~ Nels’ Knickers – Step into place and imagine yourself soaring through the crisp winter air above cheering crowds, your skis touching snow 183 feet from the takeoff
~ Paddle Board – rentals and lessons with Stoke Paddleboard adventures
 
~ The Pipe “mountain coaster” at Revelstoke Mtn Resort

Revelstoke Mountain Resort's The Pipe, photo courtesy of the Resort

~ Rafting with Apex Rafting or Wild Blue Yonder
~ Railway heritage – learn more at the Revelstoke Railway Museum or Three Valley

~ Rainforest Hiking – hiking trails along the only inland temperate rainforest in the world
~ Revelstoke Adventure Park – new attractions coming this summer

~ Revelstoke Fire Hall Museum & Tour
~ Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre – for theatre, concerts & events
 
~ Rock Climbing – amazing areas to explore such as
Waterworld, Begbie Bluffs, Loretta Slabs, Blanket Creek
~ Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk – the
trail leads you over a swamp inhabited by muskrat, beaver, skunk cabbage and a host of birds
~ Skytrek Adventure Park – fun for the whole family with their ropes courses and zipline

~ Swimming, tubing, water-skiing at Lake Revelstoke
~ Summer Street Festival – nightly live music in Grizzly Plaza (begin Jul 1)
~ Trail Running – valleys to alpine ridges, diverse ecosystems

~ Trans BC Enduro Series (Jul 14)
~ Transelkirks Run (Aug 28-Sep1)

~ Timber Days (May 19-22)
~ Wake Boarding & Surfing

~ Waterfall hikes to Begbie, Sutherland Falls or Blanket Creek Provincial Park
~ Wildflower viewing
 

Yoho National Park (Field, BC)
~ Backcountry hiking – explore the Rockies (Laughing Falls, Twin Falls or Yoho Pass)=
~ Backcountry Hut – Elizabeth Park, Scott Duncan or Stanley Mitchell Huts

~ Burgess Shale – guided hike to 5 million year old fossils
~ Emerald Lake – take a trek or paddle this glacier-fed,
turquoise lake

Canoeing Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park, photo by Dave Heath

~ Emerald Lake Lodge –  overnight in one of the best kept secrets of the Rockies
~ Field -
his charming village of fewer than 200 people is an authentic mountain retreat
~ Iceline Trail/Little Yoho – a backcountry trail
that climbs to a high bench with spectacular glacier views, descending to meadows in the Little Yoho Valley
~ Lake O’Hara –
offers a magical world of hanging valleys, jewel lakes, soaring cliffs, and sub-alpine forest trails

Lake O'Hara Lodge in Yoho National Park, photo by Carrie Cole

~ Natural Bridge - admire the Kicking Horse River as it carves a path through this ancient rock
~ Spiral Tunnels -
This engineering marvel reduced the railway grade in the treacherous Kicking Horse Pass. Up to 30 trains pass through the tunnels at varying times daily
~ Takakkaw Falls – it’s a short walk to one of Canada’s highest waterfalls (
384m / 1,260 feet)
~ Wapta Falls – a great & easy family trek to the largest waterfalls on the Kicking Horse River

Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park, photo by Heidi Korven


Story by KootRocks Staffer. Cover shot of Wapta Falls in Yoho National Park, photo by Dave Best

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