Kootenay National Park, Panoramic View by Brendan Schoon

Kootenay National Park, Panoramic View by 

Equipment used:
Nikon D70s
Sigma 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 DC
B&W 62mm Circular Polarisation

#93 Vista Point, Kootenay National Park, British Colombia, Canada

Road Map , Terrain , Satellite

© Brendan Schoon , All rights reserved.

Background Information:
Kootenay National Park is located in southeastern British Columbia Canada covering 1,406 km² (543 mi²) in the Canadian Rockies and forms part of a World Heritage Site. The park ranges in elevation from 918 metres (3,011’) at the south-west park entrance to 3,424 metres (11,235’) at Deltaform Mountain. Kootenay forms one of the four contiguous mountain parks in the Canadian Rockies; the other three being Banff National Park directly to the east, Yoho National Park directly to the north and Jasper National Park which does not share a boundary with Kootenay National Park. Initially called “Kootenay Dominion Park”, the park was created in 1920 as part of an agreement between the province of British Columbia and the Canadian federal government to build a highway in exchange for title (property) to a strip of land on either side of the route. A strip of land 8 km. wide on each side of the newly constructed 94 km. Banff-Windermere Highway was set aside as a national park.

While the park is open all year, the major tourist season lasts from June to September. Most campgrounds are open from early May to late September while limited winter camping is available only at the Dolly Varden campground.

The park takes its name from the Kootenay River, one of the two major rivers which flow through the park, the other being the Vermillion River. While the Vermillion River is completely contained within the park, the Kootenay River has its headwaters just outside of the park boundary, flows through the park into the Rocky Mountain Trench, eventually joining the Columbia River. The Banff-Windermere Highway, #93 follows the path of both rivers through the park.

Kootenay National Park Panoramic View
Kootenay National Park Panoramic View by Brendan Schoon

Kootenay National Park
Kootenay National Park by Brendan Schoon

I’m mainly a landscape photographer and take my camera with me on every trip. Though I’m still a learner/amateur-photographer I won several challenges and sold many works at several sites to different people all over the world.

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  • JohnEvans
    JohnEvansover 6 years ago

    I’m not sure exactly where you took this from but if you ever go there again there’s a not too travelled side road that goes down to Canal Flats from this highway. It’s called Settler’s Road, bring a map and check out a couple of the tributaries to the Kootenay River. It’s been a long time since I visited but the rock formations and waterfalls are fantastic. Love the accompanying history with all your photos.

  • Cody Grimsrud
    Cody Grimsrudabout 6 years ago

    where exactly in the kootenays did you take this? i used to live in fernie, bc, and my cabin is on lake koocanusa.

  • Fran0723
    Fran0723almost 6 years ago

    Beautiful landscape!

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 6 years ago


  • toriyule
    toriyuleover 5 years ago


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