The best camping near Kootenay National Park

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From sulphur springs to snow-clad glaciers, Kootenay's charms run hot and cold.  

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Golden Riverfront Campground

80 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents400 acres · Golden, BC
Golden Riverfront Campground, also known as Golden Riverside Campground or The Ranch RV Park & Campground, is a 400-acre property located in Golden, BC, offering easy access to six nearby national parks. The campground provides a variety of sites, including 56 RV sites with electrical service, water, back-in, and pull-through options, along with 38 tent sites and a few yurts. The convenience store on-site offers groceries, firewood, and camping supplies. Each site is spacious, well-maintained, and features picnic tables and fire pits. The campground’s communal areas include a playground, sports field, and unique pond fed by the Columbia River, allowing guests to appreciate the natural environment. Direct access to the Columbia River provides opportunities for swimming, fishing, and canoeing. The campground’s two-story event pavilion with a commercial kitchen is ideal for weddings, anniversaries, or parties with up to 200 guests. Group camping options are also available for families or friends. Golden Riverfront Campground offers exceptional amenities and services, making it the perfect destination for a memorable camping experience. Experience the natural beauty of British Columbia and book your stay at Golden Riverfront Campground today!
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Back 40 Outdoor Events

3 sites · Lodging600 acres · Invermere, BC
Cozy glamping tents, breathtaking views, miles and miles of peaceful private mountainside trails plus solitude and serenity – all within 25 minutes of Radium Hot Springs. You’ll feel like you found heaven on earth without having to go to the ends of the earth. Imagine falling asleep to the sound of the nighthawks – or sitting around the campfire to view the incredible night skies far away from light pollution. Back 40 offers boutique glamping with canvas bell tents, each equipped with 4 single beds for that extra bit of camping comfort. The exclusive private camp features plenty of roomy Adirondack chairs, firepits & firewood, a central camp kitchen, picnic tables, campstoves, fashionable outhouses (one without a roof with views galore), a cold-water shower, and bear storage bins to keep your consumables safe and the wildlife wild. Pets are welcome for no additional fee. Back 40 is also a center for outdoor learning, with instructors who can get you up-to-speed on how to stay safe and navigate in the wild. They specialize in beginners but can also design a learning program to challenge the experienced. Unwind, reconnect, discover and explore!
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Secluded River Front Property

6 sites · RVs, Tents100 acres · East Kootenay G, BC
Learn more about this land:Our campsite is located along the beautiful Spillimacheen River which originates just east of Glacier National Park.This property is secluded and surrounded by crown land. It’s the perfect property to disconnect and reconnect, with limited cell service this allows you to turn off and just enjoy being outside in nature.Campers can choose where to park along a large cleared area. There are designated campfire locations and an outhouse. From the property, you can Kayak down the river, please Google and research before launching as there are a lot of writes ups and kayaking websites that feature the Spillimacheen River.Nature trails for hiking and walking right off the property. There is a well renowned natural rock wall for climbers 3km down the road, there are also a lot of websites that feature these rock walls.Within a half an hour drive you have two easy hikes in waterfalls (the Lower Bugaboo Falls and the Brisco Falls).Spillimacheen has a cafe and also a local market store that is full of delicious treats, beer and wine. The wetlands offer endless bird watching and beautiful mountain views.
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The best camping near Kootenay National Park guide

Overview

About

Kootenay National Park offers the same mountain scenery as its neighbour—the more famous Banff National Park—but with just a fraction of visitors and traffic. With four campgrounds easily accessible from Highway 93 and a multitude of backcountry campsites open to hikers, there’s plenty of room to breathe. Scope out bighorn sheep perched on the sheer rock faces of Sinclair Canyon at the side of the road or watch grizzly bears from a safe distance in the high alpine. Kids love getting muddy in the ochre-coloured paint pots, used by the Ktunaxa First Nations for ornamental and decorative purposes. The Rockwall Trail is a popular multi-day backpacking trip with many access points for day hikes, while Radium Hot Springs is the perfect place to soak sore muscles. Historically, the Ktunaxa First Nations inhabited this area for at least 10,000 years.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for families and RVs: Redstreak, McLeod Meadows, and Marble Canyon are front-country campgrounds with many trailheads for day hikes.
  • Best for mountain scenery: The backcountry Floe Lake Campground requires a 10.7-kilometre hike—it’s part of the aptly named Rockwall Trail.
  • Best for novices: The oTENTik tent cabins in Redstreak Campground have you covered (and include mattresses, too).
  • Best for accessibility: The Redstreak and McLeod campgrounds are wheelchair accessible.
  • Best for winter camping: Dolly Varden is the only campground open for winter camping.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Kootenay National Park campsites reservations can be made online or by phone with Parks Canada. Reservations open in early January each year and you’ll want to go for yours early, especially if you want to camp at Redstreak Campground between May and October.
  2. Campsites not reserved in advance at Marble Canyon and McLeod Meadows are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  3. McLeod Meadows campsites are reservable from June 10 to September 17 and again after October 15. Still, it’s best to book in advance to secure a spot.
  4. The primary camping season runs from late March to mid-October, with reservable dates varying by the campground and campsite.

When to go

Kootenay National Park is open year-round but busiest in July and August. Most campgrounds are open from early May to the end of September. High alpine trails are often snow-covered until mid-July, but lower elevation trails are suitable for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Spring is good for late-season ski touring, watching migrating birds, and low-elevation hikes. Subalpine wildflower meadows are a riot of colour in mid-summer. Come autumn, the needles of Lyall’s larch turn bright gold and kokanee salmon spawn in the Kootenay and Vermillion rivers. Canadian holiday weekends are always busy.

Know before you go

  • All overnight visitors must purchase and display an annual park pass.
  • There are no gas stations, food services, or hotel lodging within Kootenay.
  • Watch for wildlife along all sections of Highway 93/95, especially at night.
  • Permits are required for backcountry camping.
  • There are no shower facilities in the campgrounds.
  • All food and toiletries must be used in designated areas and stored in wildlife-proof lockers.
  • Pets are allowed as long as they are leashed.
  • The park is generally accessible to wheelchair users, with paved, mostly level roads.

Nearby attractions

Unwind to the soothing sound of cascading waters while camping near Bow Falls. The Bow Falls camping experience combines the invigorating rush of the falls with serene woodland trails, creating a picture-perfect outdoor retreat.

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