Kootenay National Park Management Plan

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Hiker overlooking lake during fall larch season on the Rockwall


Parks Canada has drafted new management plans for the mountain national parks.

The draft management plan for Kootenay National Park is now available for public review and input.

From April 14 until July 7, 2021, Parks Canada invites the public to provide feedback on the draft management plans for the mountain parks.

Following an initial phase of public consultation where participants described their vision of the mountain national parks ‘at their future best’, and identified important issues and opportunities, feedback was incorporated into draft management plans. The executive summary for the mountain parks’ initial phase of consultation and detailed summary of comments for Kootenay National Park are available online.

An online survey has been prepared to collect feedback on the draft Kootenay National Park management plan. The survey asks for feedback on proposed strategies, and the objectives Parks Canada will meet over the next ten years under the strategic direction of the management plan.

Parks Canada has coordinated the development of the draft management plans for the mountain national parks. Consistency and common strategies within the plans demonstrate our commitment to key priorities, and to a landscape-level approach. Common themes and priorities you will see included in the Kootenay park plan and in the plans for the other mountain national parks include:

  • Conserving Natural and Cultural Heritage for Future Generations
  • True to Place Experiences
  • Strengthening Indigenous Relations
  • Connecting with Canadians
  • Managing Development
  • Regional Connectivity and Landscapes, and
  • Climate Change and Adaptive Management.


Have your say, and help guide the future of Kootenay National Park!


About Kootenay National Park

Established in 1920 as part of an agreement to build a new road across the Rockies, Kootenay National Park is a place of unique contrasts, from icy mountain rivers to steamy hot springs. Take a 60-minute scenic drive and discover a new surprise around every bend. Spend the day exploring deep canyons and tumbling waterfalls just a short stroll from the road. Or, plan a vacation traversing the park’s backcountry trails.



Parks Canada has drafted new management plans for the mountain national parks.

The draft management plan for Kootenay National Park is now available for public review and input.

From April 14 until July 7, 2021, Parks Canada invites the public to provide feedback on the draft management plans for the mountain parks.

Following an initial phase of public consultation where participants described their vision of the mountain national parks ‘at their future best’, and identified important issues and opportunities, feedback was incorporated into draft management plans. The executive summary for the mountain parks’ initial phase of consultation and detailed summary of comments for Kootenay National Park are available online.

An online survey has been prepared to collect feedback on the draft Kootenay National Park management plan. The survey asks for feedback on proposed strategies, and the objectives Parks Canada will meet over the next ten years under the strategic direction of the management plan.

Parks Canada has coordinated the development of the draft management plans for the mountain national parks. Consistency and common strategies within the plans demonstrate our commitment to key priorities, and to a landscape-level approach. Common themes and priorities you will see included in the Kootenay park plan and in the plans for the other mountain national parks include:

  • Conserving Natural and Cultural Heritage for Future Generations
  • True to Place Experiences
  • Strengthening Indigenous Relations
  • Connecting with Canadians
  • Managing Development
  • Regional Connectivity and Landscapes, and
  • Climate Change and Adaptive Management.


Have your say, and help guide the future of Kootenay National Park!


About Kootenay National Park

Established in 1920 as part of an agreement to build a new road across the Rockies, Kootenay National Park is a place of unique contrasts, from icy mountain rivers to steamy hot springs. Take a 60-minute scenic drive and discover a new surprise around every bend. Spend the day exploring deep canyons and tumbling waterfalls just a short stroll from the road. Or, plan a vacation traversing the park’s backcountry trails.


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  • Vision for Kootenay

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    The Kootenay National Park Draft management plan includes a vision for the park at its future best.

     

    The vision for the future of Kootenay National Park includes these key elements:

    • Ktunaxa and Secwépemc peoples are reconnected to this part of their traditional territory;
    • native forest ecosystems are shaped by fire;
    • healthy wildlife populations thrive with secure habitat and travel corridors;
    • visitor learning opportunities are available and focused on Kootenay’s natural and human history;
    • a range of nature and culture-based recreational opportunities are provided to visitors and supported by high-quality facilities and services;
    • research and education continues on the globally significant Burgess Shale fossil sites;
    • Kootenay National Park and the Village of Radium Hot Springs are integrated in ways that support the community and promote park stewardship.

       

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  • Conserving natural and cultural heritage for future generations

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    The protection of natural and cultural resources, ecological integrity, and park landscapes is core to Kootenay’s existence. Parks Canada’s approach to conserving these important aspects will be guided by an understanding of and respect for the significance of place, ecological integrity and cultural values.  

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  • True to place experiences

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    National parks provide exceptional opportunities for Canadians to develop a sense of connection to their natural and cultural heritage. The opportunity to be immersed in nature, history and diverse cultures while surrounded by wilderness and mountain landscapes is truly distinctive. Maintaining the authenticity and quality of this experience while ensuring that visitors understand its uniqueness is central to Parks Canada’s mandate.


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  • Strengthening Indigenous relations

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    The Government of Canada has committed to deepen and strengthen relationships with Indigenous peoples. With approaches founded on renewed relationships, respect and cooperation, the mountain national parks will continue to recognize Indigenous connections and work with Indigenous peoples to advance priorities of mutual interest.


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  • Connecting with Canadians within and beyond the park

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    Parks Canada strives to make the natural and cultural heritage of the park better known through engaging programs and educational content that helps to build a sense of connection. As people come to understand this heritage, they will come to value and support national parks in the future, and be inspired to engage in conservation and stewardship activities wherever they may live. This strategy focuses on providing learning programs and services to park visitors while reaching out to Canadians where they live to connect them with this special place.


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  • Managing development

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    Ecological integrity will be the first priority in park management, including in managing development. Parks Canada’s approach will be transparent and consistent, and will continue to respect limits, zoning and declared wilderness designations.  


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  • Regional connectivity and landscapes

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    The mountain national parks will strive to contribute to landscape-scale conservation in Canada by being ecologically and socially connected across boundaries. Parks Canada will aim to maintain and expand regional collaboration to better monitor, understand and address landscape-level issues.


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  • Climate change and adaptive management

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    Parks Canada is committed to protecting park ecosystems for future generations by demonstrating leadership in sustainable operations and adaptive management in response to climate change impacts. The mountain national parks will continue to collaborate with others on climate change research, monitoring and education.


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