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KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA — Where Kootenay National Park lacks human settlements, it makes up for in beautiful Canadian Rockies mountain scenery.
The nearest towns to Kootenay National Park are Radium Hot Springs, B.C., and Lake Louise, Alberta, and Banff, Alberta. Accommodations like hotels, motels and chalets are available in those towns for those wishing to make day trips to Kootenay National Park.
Camping in the Frontcountry in Kootenay National ParkThere are four campgrounds with 300 campsites available in Kootenay National Park. These campsites are open from mid-May to mid-October, during the tourist season. The peak time for camping in Kootenay National Park is July and August, especially on long weekends.
The most popular and largest frontcountry campground in Kootenay National Park. Open all tourist season. Many of the sites have modern amenities, and the site has flush toilets, showers, sanitation dump, and fire pits. Fee: $27.40 to $38.20. Reservations are highly recommended.
The second smallest campground in Kootenay National Park. Has flush toilets and fire pits but no showers. ~$21.50 a night.
With 80 sites, flush toilets and fire pits, McLead Meadows just might be the Kootenay National Park camping experience you’re looking for. $21.50 a night.
Crooks’ Meadows Group Camping
This campground requires group booking of twenty people or more, to a maximum of 60 people. Only one campsite is available, and it is $5.80 a night, per person.
Backcountry Camping in Kootenay National Park
If you and your family or friends are adventurous, consider backpacking and camping in the backcountry of Kootenay National Park.
Plan Ahead Before Your Canadian Rockies Camping Trip
Equipping yourself with the proper gear before venturing out into the Kootenay National Park wilderness is the best way to avoid trouble! Make sure you have enough food, water, and proper clothing for the trip. A first-aid kit, a map, and a compass would be wise choices to bring as well. Know that weather in the Canadian Rockies is unpredictable and could change at any moment. It is not uncommon to see or experience snow, especially at high altitudes.
Wilderness Pass for Kootenay National Park
To go backcountry camping in Kootenay National Park, you MUST have a Wilderness Pass. You can get one from any Parks Canada visitor centre. There are designated campgrounds in the backcountry where you can stay. If you are going on a hiking trip in the Canadian Rockies national park that will last longer than one day, you must have a Wilderness Pass.
Minimize Your Impact On The Environment in Kootenay National Park
Fires are only allowed at sites with fireboxes or firepits. Use only the wood provided: do not chop down trees. Bring a gas stove to use if you are unsure if there will be firepits at the campsite.
Don’t wash your dishes, clothes or your body in streams and lakes. Carry water to your campsite and wash there. Dispose of used water on land, away from your campsite and sources of water.
Suspend all food, garbage and toiletries to avoid a visit from a grizzly bear or other curious wildlife. Food storage cables are provided at designated campsites.
In Case of Emergency in Kootenay National Park
Cell phone range is limited in the mountains! Call park dispatch: 403-762-4506. This line is open 24hrs a day.
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