Love to camp? We do too. If you’re going to be spending time around Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, there are plenty of options that are worth exploring. Whether you’re coming in an RV, have a throng of kids in tow, or you plan on roughing it, you’ll find something that suits your camping style in the Columbia Valley.
Here are some of our favourite camping spots in the area.
1. Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park
Located about 45 minutes southeast of Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park is one of the most popular campgrounds in the area. It’s situated in nearly 2,000 hectares of parkland and is comprised of five distinct camping areas, including:
- Alces Lake
- Home Basin
- Inlet Creek
- Packrat Point
- White River
In addition to a pair of mountain lakes (Whiteswan and Alces), visitors can take a dip in Lussier Hot Springs, which is located near the park entrance. Aside from electrical hook-ups and shower facilities, Whiteswan features all other basic amenities, including:
- Vehicle access
- Drinking water
- Boat launches
There’s also the 8km historic North Shore Trail that connects several of the campgrounds, offering abundant wildlife viewing opportunities.
2. Spruce Grove Campground
As part of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, the Spruce Grove Campground gives you easy access to all of the amenities and attractions offered by the resort, including:
- Hot springs
- Golf courses
- Zipline tours
- Spa treatments
The campground, which is just five minutes away from the main resort, features more than 140 camping and tenting sites, some of which are fully serviced with 30-amp power, water and sewer.
3. Dry Gulch Provincial Park
Located about 25 minutes from Fairmont Hot Springs by car (near Radium Hot Springs), Dry Gulch Provincial Park is a little smaller and quieter than Whiteswan Lake. There are just 27 campsites, all of which are accessible by vehicle, including larger RVs.
4. Wilderness Camping
There are some backcountry camping facilities at Cave Creek Campground, which is located on the north shore of Whiteswan Lake. You can access the site by hiking in from either the Alces Lake (3.5km hike) or Home Basin Campgrounds (2.5km), along the historic Northshore Trail.
Cave Creek Campground features:
- Tent pads
- Picnic tables
- Pit toilets
- Fire rings
- Food storage lockers
5. Cabins at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
If you’re not into roughing it, or you don’t feel like hauling an RV, the cabins at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort are a great choice. They give you the best of both worlds, combining the rustic feel of the outdoors with the comfort and conveniences of modern home.
If you want a break from the campsite, check out our list of Things to do in Fairmont Hot Springs, BC.
Heading over to Nelson area? Check out Kokanee Creek Provincial Park campgrounds, which are a short 3km from our sister site Mineral Mountain Zipline.
Whether you’re camping in Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, or just passing through, stop by Mineral Mountain Ziplines for a truly memorable experience. When it comes to ziplining, BC travellers continually to rate us as a top local attraction on TripAdvisor.