Some Parks Canada places have begun a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas and services, including camping. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and be well-prepared for their visit. Details here.


Relax with the family and reconnect with nature at one of Kootenay National Park’s three frontcountry campgrounds. All are within walking distance of gentle trails and natural attractions such as the historic Radium Hot Springs. Demand is heaviest on long weekends and all weekends in July and August.

Note: Visitors are required to have a reservation in order to camp at Parks Canada places

Campgrounds | Campground locations | Reservations | Group camping | Camping regulations


Frontcountry campgrounds in Kootenay National Park

All campers are required to adhere to the “Bare” campsite program.

Campground
 
Number
of sites
Campsite
fee
2020
Season
Fire pits Flush
toilets
Hot
showers
Sani-
dump
Disabled
Access
Evening
program
Redstreak
 
 50
3-way
$39.04 June 22 to Oct 11 $8.80 yes no yes yes no
 38
electricity
$33.01
 144
unserviced
$28.00
10
oTENTiks
$122.64 Closed
Marble Canyon 61 $21.97 July 8 - September 7 $8.80 yes no yes no no
McLeod Meadows 80 $21.97 Closed $8.80 yes no yes yes no
Crook's Meadow Group camping $5.93
per person
Closed no no no no no no

Legend

3-Way = Electricity, water and sewer
Fire Pits = Fire pits suitable for cooking. Fire permits (including firewood) are available for purchase on site.

 

Campground locations

Map: Map of Kootenay National Park

Reservations

Reservations for the 2020 summer season begin on January 9 at 8 am Mountain Time.

Redstreak Campground
Sites are available by reservation from May 7 to October 11. Sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for other dates. Campsites are in high demand throughout the peak season. Reserve your site early to avoid disappointment.

Redstreak oTENTiks
Available by reservation only from May 9 to October 11

Marble Canyon Campground
Mix of reservable sites and first-come first-serve sites. Reservations are available July 8 to September 7 

McLeod Meadows
Mix of reservable sites and first-come first-serve sites.

To book or learn more, call 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783), or reserve online

See a complete list of fees 

Group camping

Crook’s Meadows group camping is available to registered not-for-profit groups and schools. Minimum 20 people, maximum 60 people. Advanced reservations are required.

Call 1-250-347-2218 for reservation information.

See a complete list of fees 

Camping regulations

Basic information
  • A valid park pass is required to camp in any national park. Park passes are available at any National Park entry gates, visitor centres and campground kiosks.
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Maximum length of stay: 14 days 
  • Maximum persons / site: 6 people
  • Maximum units / site: 3 units
    • A unit is one 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 in designated campsites.
    • Vehicles and tents must be within your designated site. Tents must be set up 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
Food

To prevent wildlife incidents, 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. 

"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 pm to 7 am
  • Music and loud conversations are prohibited during quiet hours
  • Fire bans are in effect during quiet hours
  • Only site occupants are allowed in the campground after 11 pm

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

Generators are permitted daily between 9 am and 10:30 am; and, 5 pm and 7 pm only.

Campfires

From May to September, a number of policies are in place to ensure visitors get a good night's sleep. Daily fire bans are in effect during quiet hours.

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 pm to 7 am)
  • Never leave a fire - Fires must be attended at all times.
  • Fire bans are in effect during quiet hours.
Pets

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.

Alcohol and cannabis

From May to September, a number of policies are in place to ensure visitors get a good night's sleep. Daily alcohol and cannabis consumption bans are in effect during quiet hours. On long weekends, a full consumption and possession ban on alcohol and cannabis will also be in effect. Alcohol and cannabis consumption is prohibited on long weekends: Victoria Day (May), British Columbia Day (August), and Labour Day (September).

In Parks Canada campgrounds, non-medical cannabis and alcohol consumption is limited to the visitor’s campsite.

Smoking and vaping is not permitted in campground within 6m of common areas (such as playgrounds, kitchen shelters, washrooms, trails, or roads.)

Fishing

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 Hot Springs.
  • 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.