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Kootenay (predominant spelling in Canada), Kootenai (predominant spelling in the United States), is alternately spelled Kootanae or Kutenai.

Kootenay also refers to the Ktunaxa people (Kootenai/Kutenai), a Native American/First Nations people in British Columbia, Idaho and Montana, and their Kutenai language, also known as Ktunaxan or Kitunahan.

Kootenay may refer to:

British Columbia[edit]


  • In Canada, it is primarily used to refer to the Kootenays region in southeastern British Columbia, sometimes is referred to in the singular form "the Kootenay". It includes the East Kootenay and West Kootenay which are separate regions from each other.
  • Kootenay Group, a geologic unit of latest Jurassic to earliest Cretaceous age in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin that is present in the mountains and foothills of southeastern British Columbia and southwestern Alberta
  • Kootenay National Park, British Columbia national park, source of the Kootenay River
  • Kootenay Pass, a mountain pass in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia, Canada
  • Kootenay Lake, on the Kootenay River in British Columbia
  • Kootenay Group (formerly known as Kootenay Formation), a geologic formation in British Columbia. It preserves fossils dating back to the Cretaceous period
  • Kootenay Ranges


  • Diocese of Kootenay, a diocese of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and the Yukon of the Anglican Church of Canada
  • Kootenay Brown (1839–1916), Irish-born Canadian polymath, soldier, trader and conservation advocate

United States & Canada[edit]

  • Kootenay River (or "Kootenai River" in the United States), of southeastern British Columbia in Canada and northern Idaho and western Montana in the United States, whose basin roughly defines the area known as the Kootenays
  • Lake Koocanusa (a portmanteau of Kootenay/Canada/USA), a reservoir on the Kootena(y/i) River that crosses the Canada–U.S. border
  • Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council, the tribal council for Kutenai and Kinbasket peoples, including those in the United States
  • Kootenay Kinbasket Treaty Council with member bands


United States[edit]


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