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Kootenay National Park

General Information

Basic Information

  • Check Out Time: 11 a.m.
  • Maximum Length of Stay: 14 days 
  • Maximum Persons / Site: 6 people
  • Maximum Units / Site: 3 units
    • A unit is a vehicle, RV, trailer or tent
    • Only one RV or trailer and one vehicle are permitted per site
    • Only one vehicle is permitted per site at Redstreak Campground
    • Only one vehicle and one screened dining shelter are permitted per oTENTik site
  • Limitations:
    • Camping is only permitted at designated campsites. 
    • Vehicles and tents must be within your designated site and on the tent pad. 
    • Do not tie anything to the trees, including tarps. Tarps should be strung using poles
    • Smoking is not permitted inside the oTENTiks
  • Reservations: Reservations are recommended for Redstreak Campground. All other sites are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Demand is heaviest in July, August and on all long weekends. Arrive early!


When not being consumed or used, all food, pet food, toiletries and items that may attract wildlife must be kept in your vehicle or hard-sided trailer. Coolers are not bear proof. 

  • oTENTiks: Food preparation, storage, eating, drinking, or cooking is not permitted inside of tents or oTENTiks. Guests of oTENTiks must store all food, dishes, and cooking items inside the bear proof lockers or in their vehicles.  
  • "Bare" Campsite Program: Campers who fail to comply with the "Bare" Campsite Program may have their camping permit revoked, without a refund. They may also be charged under the Canada National Parks Act. The permit holder is responsible for ensuring the campsite is maintained in a satisfactory condition.

Quiet Hours

We work hard to ensure that visitors get a good night’s sleep.

  • Quiet hours are from 11 p.m. – 7 a.m. 
  • During quiet hours music and loud conversations are prohibited 
  • Only site occupants are allowed in the campground after 11 p.m.

Please remember, even quiet conversations can carry through a forested area. Excessive noise is not permitted at any time of the day. Please report disturbances to the wardens or park staff.


Generators are permitted daily between 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. only.


Please keep your campfire safe for you and the environment by following these rules:

  • Purchase a permit Permits are available at the campground or self-registration kiosk. 
  • Keep fires small - To reduce their impact on the environment, fires must be contained within the fire pit provided and be kept to a reasonable size. It is illegal to start a fire outside of a designated location. 
  • Use firewood provided – Transporting wood from elsewhere may spread invasive bugs and disease. Do not burn garbage or collect deadfall from the surrounding forest for burning. Use an axe or hatchet to make your own kindling from the firewood provided. 
  • Keep it down – Please respect your neighbours by keeping your voices down and putting out fires during quiet hours (11 p.m. to 7 a.m). 
  • Never leave a fire - Fires must be attended at all times.


To keep pets and wildlife safe, your pets must be leashed at all times and not left unattended. Pet food should be stored inside your vehicle. Pets are not permitted in the oTENTiks.


Alcohol is prohibited on long weekends: Victoria Day (May), Canada Day (July), British Columbia Day (August), and Labour Day (September).


Fishing permits are required to enjoy the great fishing in Kootenay National Park. Permits are available at all mountain parks visitor centres, entry gates and some campgrounds.

Campground Etiquette

You can be a good neighbour and have a great camping experience by respecting the following guidelines:

  • Washing Dishes – Please use a personal basin for washing dishes (not the bathrooms, where space is limited) and dump grey water down outdoor sinks. 
  • Washing Laundry - Please use your own tub and dump water down the outdoor sink or toilets. Do not tie clotheslines to the trees. Laundry facilities are available in the Village of Radium. 
  • Recycling - Bottles and cans (refundable containers) can be recycled in each campground near designated washroom buildings. 
  • Children - To ensure the safety of your children, please supervise them at all times. Children may become lost in the campground or may unknowingly trespass on a neighbouring campsite. 
  • Driving - Respect the posted speed limits and remain alert while driving in the campground. Trees may obstruct your view and pedestrians, especially children, may suddenly dart out onto the road. 
  • Accessing Facilities - Please use roadways and pathways to access campground facilities (cook shelters, bathrooms, etc.) and your own campsite. Cutting through a neighbouring campsite will disturb other campers and may cause damage to the fragile vegetation.