there's a camping option for everybody.
Spending a night under the stars is good for the soul and there’s something special about waking to the sunrise in the outdoors (or even listening to the sound of summer rain tapping on the canvas if you’re not so lucky with the weather). Yet taking a summer camping trip can be daunting. From finding a spot, to making sure you’ve packed everything you need- it can be stressful. So we’ve put together these tips to help make sure your next camping trip in Revelstoke runs smoothy!
Camping can be a lot easier when you can drive right to your chosen site. Especially if you’re camping with the family. Revelstoke is great for easily accessible camping places, with a mixture of sites in town for easy access to all the fun downtown has to offer and more remote locations for peace and quiet.
Lamplighter Campground – the Lamplighter is a popular site in the Big Eddy area of Revelstoke. Close to Mount Macpherson and the beautiful Columbia river, this spot often fills up early so booking is recommended.
Martha Creek – Martha Creek is a provincial campground right on the shores Lake Revelstoke. It boasts one of the best beaches on the lake, a boat launch and full hookups for stress-free camping. Bookings can be made online for this site.
Boulder Mountain and Smokey Bear – both Boulder Mountain Resort and Smokey Bear campsite offer scenic camping just outside of town, conveniently located close to Highway 1. Boulder Mountain is open all year round for tenting, RVs and sleek modern cabin rentals. It’s convenient location makes it a great adventure base. Just minutes away, Smokey Bear campground is also open year round and also offers cabins, full service RV sites but with an onsite B&B too. Look out for the iconic Smokey Bear statue that marks the entrance on Highway 1
Williamson Lake – Williamson Lake is a great place for a family break. The site is family orientated and offers mini golf, paddle board and canoe rentals to keep everyone occupied. They are open for tents, RVs and offer a Yome camping experience (think part yurt, part dome) for those looking for something a little different.
Roughing it isn’t for everyone, and there’s no reason camping can’t be luxurious. Check out these options for camping out in style!
Halcyon, Nakusp, Canyon or Crazy Creek Hotsprings – nothing says luxury quite like staying steps away from hotsprings and spas. Over the ferry, on Highway 23S, soak away your stresses and relax at the cabins at Halycon hotsprings. Or stay at Nakusp hotsprings, with a choice of traditional camping or staying in onsite chalets, all close to the picturesque hotsprings. A little closer to Revelstoke, Crazy Creek Resort offers camping, suites and activities to keep the whole family busy- including a suspension bridge over a waterfall! Closer to Glacier National Park, there is also the family orientated Canyon Hotsprings, where you can choose cabins, chalets, tenting or RVing while you take in the mountain vistas.
Griffin Lake Cabins – close to the Enchanted Forest on Highway 1, Griffin Lake cabins are nestled on the shore of the beautiful Griffin Lake. There are 3 cabins for rent and even include complementary canoe rental with your stay!
Backcountry camping is the truly wilderness experience. It doesn’t get much more fulfilling than setting up camp using only things you’ve carried to your campsite and the serenity of a backcountry camp is hard to beat!
Backcountry camping does have risks and requires backcountry survival skills and knowledge. Please make sure you’re fully prepared before you set out.
Mount Revelstoke National Park – Mount Revelstoke National Park has backcountry camping available at the beautiful Eva and Jade lakes (permit required). Really get away from it all with this moderate day hike to the alpine lake and spend a night in the mountains. Perfect for a digital detox!
(Parks Canada are also introducing frontcountry camping at Mount Revelstoke from 2019 for those who want to stay, but not hike!)
Mount Begbie – near the summit of Revelstoke’s iconic Mount Begbie, is a 3 pad campsite at the end of a steep and strenuous trail. Enjoy the peace and revel in the stunning views over the Columbia valley- you’ll have earned it!
Glacier National Park – Glacier National Park also offers less remote camping but, if you’re looking for true wilderness, you can camp on the designated spots on the Hermit, Mount Sir Donald and Baldhill trails.