Kootenae House National Historic Site - Historic Places Days

Kootenae House National Historic Site

Athalmer, British Columbia
GXG3+HQ Athalmer, British Columbia, Canada
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Always open. The site may be inaccessible in the winter due to snow.
250-347-9505 or 1-888-773-8888

Stand on the historic spot where trade began between the Ktunaxa (Kootenay) people and European fur traders in 1807, forever changing the course of First Nations and Canadian history. On this terraced grassland overlooking the Columbia Valley, the North West Company built the first fur trading post in the region and legendary explorer and surveyor David Thompson set off to survey the Columbia, the renowned “Great River of the West.”

 Although this site lies outside the boarders of Kootenay National Park, it is administered by Parks Canada



  • Family-Friendly
  • National Historic Site
  • Parking
  • Parkland
  • Wheelchair Access


GXG3+HQ Athalmer, British Columbia, Canada
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