Put it in Drive: A Golden Triangle Road Trip

Put it in Drive: A Golden Triangle Road Trip

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If your idea of a Sunday drive includes scenic highways and the occasional bird-call, it's time to take it to the wilds. Kootenay Rockies-style. Shift into gear with a three-pronged excursion that links both Yoho and Kootenay National Parks with neighbouring Banff; dubbed the “Golden Triangle”  -- this well-tread stretch blends natural wonder, soothing hot springs and the quaint Rocky Mountain communities of Golden, Field, Banff and Radium Hot Springs.

The best part? You can make a day of it with a mere 320 km (199 miles) to conquer. Indeed, your Sunday drives will never be the same, thanks to Yoho's Spiral Tunnels, Takakkaw Falls - one of Canada's highest waterfalls - and the Burgess Shale, home to fossils that are more than 520 million years old.

Neighbouring Kootenay National Park provides it's own lure, complete with a luxuriating soak in Radium Hot Springs, a true Rocky Mountain gem. Have an itch for outdoor adventure? Easily remedied with a roadside hike into Kootenay National Park (such as Marble Canyon or the Stanley Glacier), or a whitewater-rafting excursion in Golden down the Kicking Horse River. And with a bounty of tasty menu options and cozy accommodation at each stop, who knows? You may just be tempted to put it in park!

Plus we offer 7 other ‘Road Trip’ suggestions for getting around the Kootenays, including an the multi-province Rockies and Ranchlands that loops around the Canadian Rocky Mountains or the popular International Selkirk Loop that visits destination in northern Idaho & Washington and the West Kootenays.


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Photo by:  Top/Cover – Best Impression Photography (Wapta Falls aerial in Yoho National Parks), 1st Photo - Heidi Korven (Takakkaw Falls) and 2nd Photo - Ryan Creary (Kootenay National Park, Sinclair Canyon/Radium Hot Springs).

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