Letter to the editor

For over 25 years the Friends of Kootenay National Park Association has been working together for the protection, appreciation, education and understanding of Kootenay National Park’s cultural and natural history, as well as the neighbouring ecosystem of the Columbia River valley. But, after all these years, all good things must come to an end.

At the end of this month, the Friends of Kootenay National Park will end operations due to the retirement of the board of directors.

Over the years, the Friends have sponsored and supported various events such as the Wild Voices Speaker Series, Wings Over the Rockies, the annual Knapweed Pull, the Head Banger Trail Challenge fundraiser, Headbanger tours, heritage teas, Art with Friends, and working with Parks Canada to create new interpretive signs along the Sinclair Canyon trail for the 100th anniversary of Kootenay National Park.

Our longest running achievement was the Junior Naturalists program at the Redstreak Campground. For years youth visiting Redstreak and Radium Hot Springs were able to get excited about the cultural and natural history of Kootenay National Park by going on hikes and playing interactive games with our program leaders.

The Nature’s Gifts & Bookstore closed at the end of November, but Parks Canada will be setting up a gift boutique within the Kootenay National Park Visitor Centre selling related merchandise.

Just because the Friends of Kootenay National Park is ending operations doesn’t mean the end of everyone caring, exploring, and supporting Kootenay National Park. At the end of the day, everyone can still be a friend to one of the best national parks in Canada.

Thank you everyone for all your support over the decades. Also, thank you to Tourism Radium Hot Springs and Parks Canada for their assistance and support over the years.

FKNPA board of directors 

Alex, Dale, Lindsay, and Vivian