Friends of Kootenay Blog

Access stories and photos about the natural and human history of Kootenay National Park and Columbia Valley Includes highlights about the Friends of Kootenay National Park activities and programs.



Kootenay National Park 100th Anniversary Project


2020 will be the 100th Anniversary of the creation of Kootenay National Park. The Friends of Kootenay are working with Parks Canada on a project to celebrate this special occasion. Read more »

In Memoriam of Phil Wallace

This holiday period we learned that long time bord memeber and former acting president Phill Wallace had passed away while doing what he loved to do. Phil was comitted to the preservation of Kootenay National Park, as well as natural areas in the Columbia Valley and Alberta, and was a dedicated to the goals and continued success of the Friends of Kootenay National Park Society. Read more »

Kootenay Savings Donation

A very big thank you to the Kootenay Savings Credit Union Radium Hot Springs branch for their generous donations over the last four weeks.

They donated $347.36 from their Car Show Weekend BBQ and $528 from their Care Wear Program.

Thank you again Kootenay Savings for your generous donations!  Read more »

Junior Naturalist Program 2018 by Amita Symons-Yu

Despite the raging forest fires and highway closures that hit our park this year, the Junior Naturalist Program had a great summer! We had 32 kids from different provinces (and countries!) participate in the program this year. Read more »

Friends of Kootenay National Park 2018-19 Board of Directors


Alex Goatcher




Lindsay Torma


Dale Genest

Gift Shop Manager

Vivian Genest


Barry Moore

Andree Galbraith

Natalie Wallace Read more »

New 508-million-year-old Bristle Worm Species Discovered in Kootenay National Park


Kootenayscolex barbarensis


Researchers at the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Toronto have described an exceptionally well-preserved new fossil species of bristle worm called Kootenayscolex barbarensis. Discovered from the 508-million-year-old Marble Canyon fossil site in the Burgess Shale in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, the new species helps rewrite our understanding of the origin of the head in annelids, a highly diverse group of animals which includes today’s leeches and earthworms. Read more »

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