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One Tank Trip for South British Columbia Camping



Map of British Columbia SouthHave you ever wondered where the mule deer and bighorn sheep play? Southern British Columbia, of course! And who could blame them? With the beautiful Kootenay Rockies as a backdrop, providing views that are both pristine and awe-inspiring, delicate alpine meadows and waterfalls found throughout the region, it is a place like no other.

We're going to begin our one tank trip in Revelstoke. If you're looking to go extreme, Revelstoke has what you need! Surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountain ranges in Canada, Revelstoke will easily appeal to a wide variety of outdoorsman. Winter months will delight you with heli, Nordic, cat, backcountry and downhill skiing, as well as snowmobiling, so no excuses for staying indoors here, especially after you find out Revelstoke is home to the longest vertical ski run in North America. The summer months will lure you into the mountains for some first class hiking and mountain biking. Don't worry about your aching muscles - Revelstoke is widely known for having incredible local mineral hot springs for you to sooth your aches and pains. If you're looking for a cultural injection in your trip, try the Revelstoke Railway Museum where you’ll see the history of railroading through the Rockies unfold through artifacts and galleries.

Let's move on to our next Southern British Columbia RV camping stop, Nakusp. Head out of Revelstoke on HWY-1 W, and turn left at HWY-23. Take the Shelter Bay-Galena Bay ferry and continue straight onto HWY-23. This leg of our trip clocks in at over two hours, depending on the weather. Nakusp is a small village located on the shores of the Arrow Lake and surrounded by the Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges. Once caught up in the mining boom of the 1800s, travelers now venture to this charming place to rejuvenate both body and mind by enjoying the many spas and hot springs in the area, or by hiking through the cedars. Nakusp's beaches provide ample sun, and there are some wonderful water sports available as well.

Now that we're rested, tanned and relaxed, let's head to our next stop, Sandon. Take BC-6E/HWY 6 out of Nakusp, and turn left at 8th Ave. Make another left at HWY 31A and a right at Sandon Cody Rd. Don't be surprised if you start to wonder where all the locals disappeared to once you arrive! Sandon is a bona fide ghost town, and one of several in the area that was once part of a mining boom but has slowly lost their residents over the years. Like most ghost towns, feel free to look around and wonder what life must have been like for those that braved the elements and came to these remote areas with little more than a dream in their pocket. It's a fascinating part of history and well worth the stop.

Moving on, we're going to backtrack on Sandon Cody Rd toward HWY 31A. Once at HWY 31A, take a right for the remainder of this leg of our trip to Kaslo, which should take about an hour. Kaslo is a tiny lakeside village with some incredible opportunities for outdoor adventure, including boating, kayaking, sail boating and canoeing, and the surrounding mountains provide breathtaking views and challenging hikes. This sleepy village is also home to several important cultural sites, including the SS Moyie, the world's oldest intact passenger sternwheeler. This is a rare opportunity to climb aboard and enjoy an international treasure.

Heading out, take HWY 31 southeast out of Kaslo and right to the heart of Ainsworth Hot Springs. This part of our journey should take about 35 minutes. From its location along the Kootenay Lake, it's easy to see why so many travelers make their way to this inspiring location to recharge their worn down batteries. No matter what time of year you visit, it's sure to be an amazing experience.

Our last Southern British Columbia RV camping stop takes us back to HWY 31 heading southeast again and continuing onto HWY 3A/HWY 3B into Nelson. Nelson, by far, is one of the most eclectic places within British Columbia, offering an incredible arts community, as well as an impressive array of outdoor fun to get caught up in. With a downtown that is small, walkable, and filled with all sorts of goodies, there can be no better end to this one tank trip than a little shopping, a little art, and a bite to eat at one of the excellent restaurants located here.


Other Area Sponsors in South British Columbia:

Burnaby Cariboo RV Park
Hazelmere RV Park & Campground

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