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2018 Experience the Mountain Parks

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51 | ExperienceTravelGuides.com Redstreak Road Madsen Road Main Street West Club- house Main Street East H F E G D C B A Edgewater, Golden Invermere Banff NOT TO SCALE NOT TO SCALE NOT TO SCALE 11 2 3 95 95 93 93 93 Sinclair Canyon Redstreak Loop Trail Redstreak Restoration InterpretiveTrail Redstreak Campground Trail Juniper Trail Valley View Trail Stations of the Cross Old CoachTrail 9 km Entrance West Gate KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK VILLAGE OF RADIUM HOT SPRINGS Post Office Columbarium Off Leash Park Elk Park Village Office Bus Depot Sinclair COLUMBIA RIVER Creek Radium Hot Springs Pools Redstreak Campground Canyon R.V. Resort See legend on page 67 See map keys on pg 45 Headbanging in Radium Hot Springs area," says Kebe. "So the educational piece surrounding how this is best managed, how humans, predators, and bighorn sheep interact, is a pivotal part of this weekend. There are unique challenges and many people from around the world are very interested in how we are managing this situation." Although the numbers of the Radium herd has gone down over the years (it's now approximately 160 animals, down from 220 ten years ago), greater awareness and understanding of all the issues involved (such as harmful food sources, traffic hazards, and large predators like cougars entering the town) is making a difference. "Nature is connected. Together with Parks Canada, our goal is to ensure sustainability and long-term success for both humans and animals," says Kebe. Obviously, attendees of the weekend festival will also get a taste for what the charming town of Radium Hot Springs is all about. The soothing hot springs – located up the hill from town in Kootenay National Park – are iconic and should not be missed. Interestingly, while soaking in the natural hot springs pools, you can glance up on the bordering mountainside and view wildlife, including bighorn sheep! Ringed with snow-capped mountains, rushing rivers, hoodoos, dramatic canyons, and a beautiful network of trails, the out- door recreational opportunities are endless. Right in the heart of town, for example, the Sinclair Canyon hiking trails offer a beautiful half-day of walking. (A hike, followed by a soak in the hot springs, capped off with ice cream is, in my opinion, a perfect day in Radium!) Regardless of whether you're in Radium Hot Springs for the fall Headbanger Festival, or for some camping and a few rounds of golf in the middle of summer, one thing is certain: you will be "wowed" by the gorgeous mountain scenery. And leave with a greater appreciation for the mountains and the natural world around you. By: Andrew Penner

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