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Camping in the Kootenays, BC

Picture of mountains and lake

Camping in the Kootenays!

Our family of 4 started our love of camping last year when we bought our first travel trailer. We purchased it in mid-July and took it out 4 times before the kids had to go back to school. We were hooked!  Ranging from Cranbrook and Kimberley in the Canadian  Rockies over to Boundary Country, Christina Lake in the South Kootenays to Kaslo and Nelson in Kootenay Lake, we loved the flexibility that RVing provides so we can explore different areas while still having the comforts of home.

The things we look for in a campground are:

  • Playground for the kids
  • Beach or heated pool for swimming
  • Lake for fishing and/or kayaking
A father and children sitting in an oversize lawn chair

Chillin’ at Fairmont Hotsprings Resort

This year we decided to try out areas closer to home. We are so lucky to live in BC!  We decided to try out Fairmont Hot Springs, an hour and 1/2 from Cranbrook.  We didn’t stay at the resort because we wanted power hookups as well as our own firepit, and Spruce Grove RV Resort gave us that opportunity. What a beautiful site! Rugged, yet clean, with friendly staff, the campground felt outdoorsy, yet comfortable.  Sites with full hookups or sites around an island, the choice is yours!

Image of the Columbia River

Columbia River at Spruce Grove RV Resort and Campground

And with the exception of the Columbia River for the lake, all of our requirements were answered! We chose a site with full hookups, but may have to forego it next time to choose a premium waterfront site overlooking the mountains. And with Fairmont Resort right next door, there are even more options for activity than just relaxing at the campsite. How about relaxing in the hot springs? The choice is yours!

Published: July 15, 2014
Last Updated: June 10, 2019

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This post as been submitted voluntarily by the above author as an entry to the Camping and RV BC Coalition " BC Camping Story Contest".