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June 23, 2022

Camping and Glamping in the Kootenay Rockies

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, from spring to fall:

Boulder Mountain Resort (Revelstoke) is now open year-round. 

They offer full-service RV sites, glamping, tenting, cabins and suites with free fibre optic WI-FI. Guests have access to their new washroom facilities, with flush toilets and complimentary hot showers. A covered outdoor hot tub is also available for your enjoyment.  NEW for 2022 – are their ‘Glamping Domes‘. 

Interior of one of the Glamping tents at Boulder Mountain Resort; photo courtesy of the Resort

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.

Crawford Bay RV Resort (East Shore/Kootenay Lake) offers hard tents and on-site RV rentals at their RV Resort located one hour north of Creston on Highway 3A, Kootenay Lake. A beautiful property close to Kokanee Springs Golf Resort, artisans shops, sandy beach, marina and much more.  A full-service RV park offering 32 sites; pull-through sites also available.

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.

The RV Resort is located at the base of the Rocky Mountains and features 183 full-service sites (15-30-50 amp services), 128 non-serviced sites, cable TV,  WiFi, paved pads, central fire-pit, covered pavilion, hot showers, laundromat and sani-station. Stay in their
Cabin in the Woods to enjoy a glamping experiences. 

The mineral pools at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort; photo courtesy of the Resort

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.

Fernie RV, RV Sites and Yurts; photo by Kari Medig

Relax in one of Nakusp Hot Springs Resort’s comfy Cedar Chalets or spacious creekside RV & tenting campground – just steps away from the hot spring pools. Be sure to make your reservations early as it’s a ‘hot spot’ for camping.

Enjoy your stay at the comfortable, clean, yet rustic ‘back country plus’ Cedar Chalets. In the summer you can stay in their Campground beside the Kuskanax Creek.

Snowforest Campground in Mt. Revelstoke Campground (Revelstoke) – opened in 2020 has limited sites available, but reservations can be made in-advance.

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.

Snow Forest’s MicrOcube– photo by Zoya Lynch | Courtesy of Parks Canada

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).

They also offer a glamping option, tiny the cabins with deck and patio furniture, has two single beds in loft (a great sleeping option for small children) and a queen futon on main floor. The Tiny Cabin has 1/2 bath, kitchen sink and microwave, a/c, heat and cable tv. Site also includes free internet, picnic table and fire pit.

A patron of the Cranbrook / St. Eugene KOA Journey takes an evening stroll; photo by Kari Medig

Situated in beautiful Windermere, BC, Winderdome Resort offers fully serviced Geodesic Dome Tents nestled in a tranquil forest. Come and unwind in luxury. If you really want to treat yourself, rent our private pool located a short walk away.

Winderdome Resort sits on 8 hectares (20 acres), 6.8 of which are dedicated to their glamping sites. There private home takes up the remaining 1.2 hectares where you can have access to their amazing pool (extra fees apply), decks and lounging space. Note that if you choose to use the pool, you may get a glimpse of our docile dog, Kiska, the Winderdome Spokespup.

Photo courtesy of Winderdome Resort

Here’s a full list of our GLAMPING and RV/Camping options in the Kootenay Rockies.

Know Before You Go – Plan ahead so you can travel safely and responsibly. Familiarize yourself with weather, road conditions, general alerts for travellers and provincial health orders & recommendations.

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Cover/top photo by Kari Medig (Fernie RV Resort).

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