Kootenay National Park

What To Bring

The weather in Kootenay National Park is pleasant, but can change rapidly. Average daytime highs from May to September range from 16° to 23° Celsius with overnight dropping as low as zero. Come prepared and you’ll have a great time.

Camping Equipment

  • tent, tent fly, groundsheet 
  • tarpaulin, support poles and ropes 
  • sleeping mat 
  • warm sleeping bag 
  • extra blankets
  • axe or hatchet (to make kindling from firewood)

Clothing 

  • clothes (bring various layers, including sweaters and insulated layers to help you dress for the weather) 
  • waterproof clothing (jackets and pants) 
  • hats and mitts or gloves 
  • hiking boots and camp shoes (sandals or runners)

Personal Gear 

  • flashlight or headlamps with extra batteries 
  • water bottle 
  • sunglasses and sunscreen 
  • insect repellent 
  • toiletries 
  • towel 
  • hand sanitizer

Cooking 

  • food and drink (there are no convenience stores in the park) 
  • mess kit (reusable plates, bowls, mugs, glasses, utensils) 
  • cooking pot, frying pan and aluminum foil 
  • cutting board, knife and a large bowl 
  • waterproof matches / lighter 
  • tongs and/or oven mitts 
  • dish cloth, dish towel and scrubber 
  • dishpan and biodegradable dish soap 
  • reusable plastic tablecloth 
  • paper towels 
  • garbage bags 
  • large water jug

New to camping? Check out Parks Canada’s “ Learn to Camp” for comprehensive packing lists, recipes and more. Available online and for iPhone, Blackberry and Android!