Welcome to the Paint Pots!
Indigenous peoples attach great importance to the “red earth” or ochre found in the this area. Different groups have been traveling to this sacred place for thousands of years collect the ochre. It has been used for painting bodies, tipis, clothing, and horses, as well as for rock paintings.
In the early 1900s the ochre was commercially mined for use as pigment in paint. Some of the pieces of equipment remain along the trail. After Kootenay National Park was established in 1920, mining was gradually phased out to protect the landscape.
The three pots or pools formed are by the accumulation of iron oxide around the outlet of three cold mineral springs. In some areas, “choked cones” or wide mounds of ochre, formed when the water in the pools dried up.
The Ochre Creek Trail is 1.9 Kilometers (1 1/8 miles) long.
You know, I still can’t figure things in Metric terms.
I was brought up on the Imperial system.
So if you tell me something about a Mile long,
I have a very good idea how far that is.
If you say Kilometers? Not so much.