Kootenay National Park Camping

Kootenay National Park’s largest camping area is Redstreak Campground (mid-May to mid-Oct.) on a narrow plateau in the extreme southwest (vehicle access from Highway 93/95 on the south side of Radium Hot Springs township), which holds 242 sites, showers, and kitchen shelters. In summer, free slide shows and talks are presented by park naturalists five nights a week and typically feature topics such as wolves, bears, the park’s human history, or the effects of fire. Trails lead from the campground to the hot springs, town, and a couple of lookouts. Unserviced sites are $29, hookups $37 to $40. Fire permits cost $8 per site per night. A limited number of sites can be reserved through the Parks Canada Campground Reservation Service (877/737-3783, www.pccamping.ca) beginning in mid-January for the upcoming summer season.

The park’s two other campgrounds lie to the north of Radium Hot Springs along Highway 93. Both offer fewer facilities (no hookups or showers). The larger of the two is McLeod Meadows Campground, beside the Kootenay River 27 kilometers (16.8 miles) from Radium Hot Springs. Facilities include flush toilets, kitchen shelters, and a fire pit and picnic table at each of the 98 sites.

Marble Canyon Campground, across the highway from the natural attraction of the same name, offers 61 sites and similar facilities. Both are open late June to early September, and all sites cost $24. No reservations are taken at these two campgrounds.

Hikers planning overnight trips in the backcountry must register at either of the park information centers and pick up a backcountry camping pass ($10 per person per night, or $70 for a season pass).