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Sleep Under our Starry Skies in the Kootenays

You’ve spent the morning hiking up one of the mountain trails and the afternoon paddling the pristine waters of our local lakes.  Now, as the sun sets, you retreat back to your accommodations for a relaxing evening.  But your time spent in the outdoors doesn’t need to end as the last light of day fades.  The Kootenays offers many exciting options to extend the time you spend in nature beyond daylight hours, from fully loaded VW camper vans to luxury yurts. 

Have a look at the delightful options available to stay out under the incredible night skies of the Kootenay Rockies on your next trip.

Arrowhead Camp Company (Revelstoke)

Arrowhead Camp Co. offers a chance for visitors who don’t own their own RV/Camper to experience camping, by offering customized RVing experiences.  You can choose to pick up your trailer & tow it yourself, or have it delivered to your favourite private RV Park or Provincial/National Park campground.  Coming soon Roof-top tents and backcountry tents. 

Photo courtesy of Arrowhead Camp Co.

Back 40 Outdoor Events (near Radium Hot Springs)

Just outside of Brisco (north of Radium Hot Springs), Back 40 Outdoor Events has three different Canvas Bell Tents, each with four beds for your sleeping comfort.  Make use of the shared amenities, including camp kitchen, firepits and more.

Campfire views, photo courtesy of Back 40 Outdoor Events

Boulder Mountain Resort (Revelstoke)

Boulder Mountain Resort in Revelstoke has you covered for all your needs with accommodation options ranging from fully furnished lodge suites to tenting sites.  Their glamping tents combine the coziness of a queen-sized bed with the fresh air of the great outdoors right outside the windows.

Glamping life; photo courtesy of Boulder Mountain Resort

Camp Moose Trail (Golden)

Their camp is inclusive for all!  A romantic night away, a trip away with friends, or families.  They’ll love to host all levels of campers, from seasoned backcountry enthusiasts, to those who have never slept in the woods, and everyone in between.  Leave the work to them, and immerse yourself into the woods and nature.

Cedar wood burning hot tub, photo courtesy of Moose Camp Trail

Camping in the Woods (Golden)

If you want to pick your own campsite but have someone else do the work of setting up your camper, give Camping in the Woods a call, and they’ll park their old-school VW camper bus at your chosen site in the Golden area!

Photo courtesy of Camping in the Woods

Fernie RV Resort

Sleep on the edge of a forest next to the Elk River in one of the five Forestside Yurts at the Fernie RV Resort.  These sizeable 6×6 metre yurts comfortably sleep six people, excellent for the extended family!

Johnson’s Landing Retreat Centre

Relax in peace and quiet at the Johnson’s Landing Retreat Centre, south of Argenta in Johnson’s Landing.  Lay your head to rest for the night in a tipi to be close to nature.  Or climb up to a treehouse for a unique experience under the canopy of the forest.

Photo courtesy of Johnson’s Landing Retreat Centre

Kimberley Riverside Campground

If you’re looking for an RV experience but don’t have one yourself, stay in one of the four rental trailers available alongside the St. Mary River. Each trailer sleeps 5-6 people and comes fully loaded with a kitchen, dining area, air conditioning for the hot days and a furnace for those cool mountain evenings.  

Or, stay in one of the “new” Glamping Tents. All tents include a raised deck/platform with bed(s), 2 Adirondack chairs, a side table, a firepit with one complimentary bundle of wood (per stay) and a picnic table. Their glamping sites are completely un-serviced, so come prepared for an off-grid camping experience.  (And if you need a little more assistance with your camping experience, they offer camp kitchen supplies; which must be arranged in advance & is subject to availability). 

(Check out the new Kimberley Adventure Centre, to book a e-Bike & SUP Rental and a Rafting Tour.)

Glamping Tents; photo courtesy of Kimberley Riverside Campground

The Ranch RV Park & Campground (Golden)

Situated on 400 acres of prime riverfront property, The Ranch RV Park & Campground (formerly Golden Eco Ranch) is perfectly situated to explore the local Mountain Parks.  Their yurt village features three 2-person yurts – ideal for that romantic getaway under the stars.

Rider’s Retreat (Nakusp)

Are you on a cross-Kootenays motorcycle trip but don’t have room to pack your camping equipment?  Stop in at the Riders Retreat in Nakusp, where you’ll find your tent already set up and ready for you to relax into after your long day of riding.  Alternatively, opt for the 1970 Bluebird bus, converted into a character-filled camper for your comfort.

Converted 1970 Bluebird bus; photo courtesy of Rider’s Retreat

Rock Island Resort (Nakusp)

Spend your evening taking in the last rays of sun on the porch of your private studio-style yurt while overlooking Arrow Lake.  Or stay in one of their two waterfront cabins for a more luxurious experience.

Snowforest Campground (Mount Revelstoke National Park)

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.

Photo by Scott Munn | Courtesy from Parks Canada

Valhalla Pines Campground and Guesthouse

Disconnect from the world in your own private hut in the forest at Valhalla Pines Campground and Guesthouse.  Their Tree Hut features an A-frame style cabin with a large tree right through the middle of its deck, definitely a unique touch!

Next time you’re in the Kootenays, think beyond the fine hotels and resorts of the region and opt for one of our unique and luxurious glamping experiences.

To assist you with other accommodation experiences that are available to you in the region – check out our community partners: Arrow Lakes/Slocan Valley, Castlegar, Cranbrook, Columbia Valley, Creston Valley, Elkford, Fernie, Golden, Invermere/Panorama, Kimberley, Nakusp, Nelson Kootenay Lake, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sparwood and Trail.


Know Before You Go!

~ 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).

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Top/cover photo by Ashley Voykin.

Words by Mark Locki. Mark is a photographer and writer based in Kimberley, BC. An avid traveller throughout the Kootenays and abroad, he enjoys exploring the natural world, camera in hand, seeking out compelling stories. He’s often found deep in the backcountry, running, climbing or on skis, challenging himself to discover new scenes and viewpoints. 

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