Camping in the Kootenays

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 got 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 East Kootenays to Boundary Country, Christina Lake to Kaslo and Nelson in the West Kootenays, we loved the flexibility that RVing lets us 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, 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, so Spruce Grove RV Resort gave us that opportunity. What a beautiful site! Rugged, yet clean, with friendly staff, the site 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!

Written by: Lyla Massicotte

Published: July 15th, 2014

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Adventure Mom says:

This Blog was submitted into the Camping Trip Category as an entry to the “It’s My BC Camping Story 2014 Contest”

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