From just packing your clothes to packing up the entire vehicle, we have some great options for sleeping under the stars after you’ve shared your favourite ghost stories around a campfire toasting ‘smores’!
Glamping: if you haven’t heard of this trend that took off several years ago it means glamorous camping. The term doesn’t just refer to sleeping in a glorified tent. The level of glamping can run the gamut; your shelter may be one of a variety of non-permanent structures – such as canvas tents, soft-walled tree houses to yurts and tiny homes.
Here are some unique ‘private’ camping options for you to book this summer & fall:
Canyon Hot Springs Resort (Revelstoke) – Campground and cabin guests have access to the soothing mineral springs. With log cabins and over 200 campground sites situated in a natural forest setting, there is something to suit everyone’s preference.
Fairmont Hot Springs RV Resort (Columbia Valley) – Unwind in Canada’s largest natural hot springs pools with daily allotted access times, which allows our team to ensure health & safety protocols, and offers you a relaxing, safe atmosphere to soak and swim. Spend your day outside! Explore our wide-open spaces with over 50-kms of hiking trails, elevate your sense at Mineral Mountain Ziplines, play a round of golf or enjoy a family-friendly game of mini-golf.
Fernie RV Resort (Fernie) – There Forest-side Yurts are furnished with a queen bunk-bed and twin trundle daybed, electrical services, a fire ring and picnic table. The Resort also offers 97 fully serviced RV sites, 26 of which will be pull-through, well as a tenting area. The resort has an ideal location convenient to all the city amenities and nestled between the Elk River, Fernie Golf Club and a popular beach at Maiden Lake.
Snowforest Campground in Mt. Revelstoke Campground (Revelstoke) – Opened in 2020, this campground has limited sites available, but reservations can be made.
For 2021, get super-cozy in a MicrOcube. Score a roof over your head and an oversized rear window into serene forest. A MicrOcube is a 10 m2 cabin equipped with: a double bed (54 in.) for 2 people with waterproof mattress, storage space under bed, two small nightstands, one USB port for charging electronic devices, indoor and outdoor lighting, picnic table, two patio chairs and a small table, and a fire pit.
St. Eugene KOA Campground (Cranbrook) – Located on the grounds of the resort (full-service hotel, casino & 18-hole championship golf course). The spacious and newly opened KOA campground, alongside the St. Mary River, offers RV sites (114) including electric hookups, with pull throughs, showers and tenting. RV Guests have access to the Resort’s outdoor swimming pool, a full-sized water & splash park and recreations activities (including a games room, basketball, bocce, horseshoes, badminton, playground & more). Campground amenities includes a snack bar, firepits, picnic tables, laundry facilities, convenience store/gas station, walking trail and dog park).
Williamson Lake Campground (Revelstoke) – Offering 42-site campground & full service RV sites. Plus, they have their “Yome” – a word blend that combines the structure of a yurt with a geo-design dome.
~ Take extra time to research and plan your trip in advance. Many of our tourism businesses and services have adopted new COVID-19 protocols and changes to their schedules or policies to ensure your safety. You’ll want to become familiar with them ahead of time.
~ If you normally travel with extended family or with several friends, consider travelling in a smaller group. Travelling with fewer people makes it easier for you to practise physical distancing in public, and may have less of an impact on the destination.
~ Consider a slower travel pace to help curb the spread. Instead of checking in and out of multiple destinations during one trip, choose one or two destinations and one/two accommodation properties for your entire trip (and explore all the things to do & see nearby).
~ Easy Kootenay Hikes: To 360 Degree Vista Views
~ Glamping in the Kootenays
~ Hidden Waterfalls in the Kootenays
~ Hike, Pedal, Roll or Ski: Our Kootenay Rails To Trails
~ Outdoor Adventures: Unique to the Kootenays
~ Out Your Back Door: Kootenay Community Treks
~ Quirky Attractions Only Found in the Kootenays
~ Rewarding Play: Golfing the Kootenay Rockies
~ Tips: How to be a Safe & Responsible Traveller
Story by KootRocks Staffer (Shannon Harrison). Cover/top photo by Kari Medig.