We made our way back to the Redstreak Campground which was located approximately 2.5 km above the Village of Radium Hot Springs on a plateau in Kootenay National Park. There were 50 fully serviced sites, 38 sites with power only, and 154 unserviced sites, a portion of which are walk-ins. It was a really nice campground with tall spruce trees as far as you could see. The roads were paved, marked, and easily navigable. This was one of the largest campgrounds in the Radium area available for camping from May 15 to October 13.
For campers who don’t have RVs, Redstreak Campground has a dwelling available that’s part tent and part cabin called an oTENTik which sleeps up to 6 people. One dwelling includes mattresses, raised wooden floors and a seating area for family and/or friends. It’s a unique concept for visitors to enjoy camping without all of the preparation and for those families who simply cannot afford to buy an RV. Read all about the oTENTik on the Parks Canada website. The downside of this option is that your home doesn’t travel with you and therefore you’re limited to where you can stay when traveling unless you want to stay in hotels. RVing has always been the most economical choice for family travel since cooking can be done in the RV.
It’s important to make reservations early if you want to camp at Redstreak because it’s one of the most popular campgrounds in Radium especially for families. Plus, the Interpretive Programs are a big draw for people from other campgrounds too. For a description of amenities, activities, where to camp, what to bring, rules and regulations, reservations, important bulletins, fees, bear safety, and a campground map, access the Parks Canada website for Redstreak.
Wildlife is known to frequent the Redstreak campground including deer, big horn sheep and birds but you must also be careful of bears. Download the Parks Canada information booklet called Bears and People for what to do during a bear encounter.
Canyon RV Resort
The Canyon RV Resort is another family-friendly campground and is more suitable for seniors who want to stay at a quiet clean park. They are definitely not a campground for the party crowd so RVers interested in partying should camp elsewhere. This beautiful land lies between two mountain ranges: the Canadian Rocky Mountains at the front and the Purcell mountains at the back.
Available at this Resort are grassy tent sites and deluxe RV pads, fully serviced bathrooms, laundry facilities, playgrounds, hot springs, hiking and golf. The price is reasonable and reservations can be made. They also offer longer term rentals now. Look on the Rates and Conditions page for more information about services, rules and regulations.
One week’s notice is needed to avoid a late cancellation fee of one night’s fee per lot.
You can download the site map here. Note that some of their servicing has changed which can be seen on this link as well.
Check out the Google tour here.
Info and Activities
More information and activities can be viewed at this link.
Take a look at the photo gallery for the Canyon RV Resort on Sinclair Creek.
Mountain Shadows RV Resort
We drove to the Mountain Shadows Resort next and entered the Manufactured Home Park area which is located between Highway No. 95 and Eacrett Road. It’s a beautiful property just 7 km south of Radium Hot Springs and just 5 minutes to the beaches of Lake Windermere. It was an RV Resort worth discovering. The maintained landscape and gardens with manicured lawns embellished the original natural setting. The Mountain Shadows RV Resort was different from the campgrounds because RVers could purchase RV lots and consider it more like a home property. Since Phase 1A for these lots sold out so Phase 1B has been made available.
Mountain Shadows RV Resort was initially a seasonal rental campground for 16 years prior to being purchased by the Developer, Radium Mountain SR Developments Ltd. which is an affiliate of Urban Elements Development Corp. Previously the resort had 55 rental sites with varying services. Currently though, Phase II is underway as the Developer had turned undeveloped land into additional RV sites with the goal of maintaining the original natural beauty. There is one stipulation though with this arrangement – it cannot be used as a principal residence but you do have access to your property all year round, weather permitting. During the winter, the water and sewer is turned off but the central bathhouse facilities stay open and are functional all the time. For more information on owning property at this location, click on the Mountain Shadows RV Resort FAQs page.
If an RVer chooses to purchase the RV lot site, it is required that you be part of an Owners’ Association where each owner will have a Shared Interest in the Lands of the Resort. The Developer will transfer to each Purchaser an undivided fee simple interest in the Lands for each RV site purchased. With this transfer, a Purchaser is also granted a license to a designated site (the “Owner’s Site”). That being said, you will have exclusive use of your site at any time of the year.
The fully serviced sites have 30 AMP power, water, sewer, cable connections and WiFi. Plus, there is a centrally located bathhouse with showers and laundry facilities. The large level sites come with picnic tables and fire pits. Shopping, restaurants and coffee shops are only 5 minutes away in the quaint town of Invermere.
Some of the enjoyable activities that RVers can participate in on this site are: mini golf; playground; clubhouse and horseshoe pits. Boating, hiking, quading and mountain bike trails are in close proximity. Additionally, the property is surrounded by four-season recreational opportunities so there’s no chance of being bored.
I got out of the car to see if there was anyone in the office but it was closed. Suddenly a man came up up to me in a vehicle that looked like a golf cart. “Can I help you?” he asked. We introduced each other and briefly chatted about the Resort. Bob Ragan was the friendly Mountain Shadows Resort Site Supervisor. He invited me into the office so I could take a photo of him and I obtained more information about what else was offered to RVers at Mountain Shadows RV Resort.
If you want to sell your RV site, the new owner must become a party to the Co-Ownership Agreement and follow the Rules and By-laws of the Owners’ Association. There are other restrictions if you want to purchase property at Mountain Shadows RV Resort like RVs cannot be older than fifteen years on the date it is placed on site and they must be in good shape. The minimum length of an RV allowed is 24 feet. Tent Trailers and truck-mounted campers are not allowed. It was a unique RV Resort worth investigating.
“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” Gary Snyder.