SUMMER ROAD TRIP, DAY 31
We took our first hot spring soak of the trip and hiked around undetonated explosives! Today consisted of a scenic drive through the often neglected yet beautiful Kootenay National Park. We dodged bad weather in Banff National Park by heading west into the Canadian Province of British Columbia.
Day Trip to Kootenay National Park
We adventured into the sixth national park of the trip, Kootenay National Park. It forms one of the four contiguous mountain parks in the Canadian Rockies, connected to Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks. We technically visited a seventh since we drove a loop from Kootenay around through Yoho, but we only drove through so I’m not sure if I’m counting that one yet.
Kootenay is located in the southeastern section of British Columbia Canada and forms a World Heritage Site. The width of the park is only five miles on each side of the highway so many of the hikes and sights are relatively short treks.
We stopped at all the overlooks, hiked the Paint Pots trail and took a dip in the Radium Hot Springs. We skipped the popular Banff Upper Springs this week since it was super busy. Everyone must have had the same idea to embrace the chilly and rainy weather by jumping in the hot springs. Radium’s hot pool is larger than Banff and was a lot less hectic so we spent a few hours soaking our weary legs. It was awesome!
After our soak in the hot springs, we headed north to the town of Golden where we stopped at the Wolf’s Den for dinner and drinks. We were so hungry we forgot to take pictures of our food, but it was a delicious meal. We appreciated the patio where we listened to live music and enjoyed a few of the local beers on tap.
We managed to avoid inclement weather in Banff and had a great day exploring a new area. Score! If you get a chance while visiting Banff National Park, I would recommend taking the day drive through both parks.
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And so our epic 80 day summer road trip continues – 13 U.S. states, 2 Canadian provinces and 13 national parks. For the upcoming months, I will be sharing with you our highlights, lowlights, adventures, favorite spots, best tips and our thoughts on three months of road tripping and living in a pop up. I’ll try to answer any and all of your questions too! You can also follow our journey via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Miles Driven: 243, Total Road Trip Miles Driven: 5,478, Average Gas Price per Gallon: $3.39
Canadian Province: British Columbia
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