What to bring

Kootenay National Park

The weather in Kootenay National Park is pleasant, but can change rapidly. Average daytime highs from May to September range from 16° to 23° Celsius with overnight temperatures dropping as low as zero. Come prepared and you’ll have a great time.

Camping equipment | Clothing | Personal gear | Cooking

Camping equipment

  • *tent, tent fly, groundsheet 
  • *tarpaulin, support poles and ropes 
  • *sleeping mat 
  • warm sleeping bag 
  • extra blankets
  • axe or hatchet (to make kindling from firewood)
  • screened eating shelter (optional: to avoid insects)

*Not required for oTENTik guests.


  • clothes (bring various layers, including sweaters and insulated layers to help you dress for the weather) 
  • waterproof clothing (jackets and pants)
  • hats and mitts or gloves
  • hiking boots and camp shoes (sandals or runners)

Personal gear

  • flashlight or headlamps with extra batteries 
  • water bottle 
  • sunglasses and sunscreen 
  • insect repellent 
  • toiletries 
  • towel 
  • hand sanitizer
  • camera! (no drones, please)


  • *food and drink
  • mess kit (reusable plates, bowls, mugs, glasses, utensils) 
  • cooking pot, frying pan and aluminum foil 
  • cutting board, knife and a large bowl 
  • waterproof matches / lighter 
  • tongs and/or oven mitts 
  • dish cloth, dish towel and scrubber 
  • dishpan and biodegradable dish soap 
  • reusable plastic tablecloth 
  • paper towels 
  • garbage bags 
  • large water jug

*There are no convenience stores in Kootenay’s campgrounds, however, there is a small grocery store 2 km from Redstreak Campground in the Village of Radium Hot Springs.

New to camping? Check out Parks Canada’s “Learn to Camp” online guide or app for comprehensive packing lists, recipes and more. Available online and for iPhone, Blackberry and Android! Information is also available in 繁體中文 | 简体中文 | ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਦੇ | Tagalog | Español

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