High Elevations at Kokanee Glacier Park, on or off Your Feet

April 28, 2016
Zooming through the trees at high speeds on a zip line is a great alternative to hiking at Kokanee Glacier Park.

Zooming through the trees at high speeds on a zip line is a great alternative to hiking at Kokanee Glacier Park.

Did you know that Kokanee Glacier Park is one of the oldest major provincial parks in BC? Dedicated as parkland in 1922, it features more than 32,000 hectares of pristine wilderness, and is one of the best-known alpine parks in the Kootenay region.

Hovering at an elevation of about 18,000 feet, the park offers some high-altitude vistas of the surrounding Selkirk Mountains and its:

  • High peaks
  • Snowfields
  • Colourful lake basins

If you enjoy exploring on your feet, there are a number of hiking opportunities in the park ranging from day trips to overnight excursions. Some of the most popular ones include: 

  • Gibson Lake
  • Keyhole
  • Kokanee Glacier
  • Kokanee Lake
  • Kokanee Cabin


Reach New Heights on a Zip Line

But you don’t have to go all the way up to Kokanee Glacier Park to get that high-in-the-sky feeling. Zip lining is a great way to get your feet off the ground to view the Kokanee Mountains and Kokanee Creek canyons from high above.

Kokanee Mountain Zipline is located just two kilometres up Kokanee Glacier Park Road, just a few minutes off of Highway 3A. So before you strap on those hiking boots to tackle the 85 km of well-marked trails at the top, why not strap on a helmet and buckle into a safety harness for a completely unique experience?

Riding a zip line lets you see the landscape from a bird’s-eye view. There are few experiences that give you the sensation of soaring through the air at speeds of up to 100 km/h!

To learn more about the Kokanee Mountain course, check out our post: Zipping and Zooming Above Kokanee Creek.


Other Attractions by Kokanee Glacier Park Road

You don’t have to look far to find other worthwhile attractions in this area. In fact, you drive right through one of them before you turn onto the road…

Kokanee Creek Provincial Park: Measuring 260 hectares in size, Kokanee Creek Provincial Park features 169 vehicle-accessible sites and is one of the most used campgrounds in BC. With its sandy beaches, playground and abundance of activities, it’s a terrific family destination. Some of the outdoor opportunities include:

  • Swimming
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Windsurfing

Kokanee Creek Park also features an amazing interpretive centre, with programs running daily through July and August. There is also a Kokanee spawning channel and viewing platform on the creek. 

Mountain Biking: Just 2.5km up Kokanee Glacier Park Road, you’ll find the trailhead to an incredible network of mountainbike runs. Aimed at intermediate to advanced riders, this trail system boasts some epic downhills. Once you reach the bottom, you can shuttle back up and do it all over again!

Old Growth Forest: At the 11-km marker, there is a trailhead that will take you on a two-hour hike from some majestic stands of old-growth cedar.


If you’re in search of fun, easy-to-do outdoor activities in the Kootenays, call Kokanee Mountain Zipline. Our family-friendly aerial park is located on Kokanee Glacier Park Road.