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By Michele Leyenaar

CRANBROOK – I don’t know about you, but camping is one of my favourite things to do in the Summer. I love waking up early morning with the smell of the outdoors and having nothing to do, well, except to make sure there’s enough firewood cut for the day.
It’s the burned coffee and campfire toast, washing dishes in the plastic bins, fighting with tarps even though the wind and rain always win, and eating potato chips for lunch that makes camping fun. Whatever your taste and camping style, be it roughing it in a tent or ‘Glamping’ it up in a luxurious fifth wheel, Cranbrook has something for you.
For the trailer haulers, RV-goers and tenters, there are six campsites within a 40-minute drive from the city of Cranbrook.

Photo credit: Janice Strong

Moyie Lake Provincial Park Campground

This 111-site campground has all the amenities, including a sandy beach, dock, showers, full service hookups, a play area, boat launch, sani-dump station and more. It’s situated along the shores of beautiful Moyie Lake, perfect for swimming, boating and fishing.

Jimsmith Lake Provincial Park

This is a small 35-site, limited facility campground for those looking for a little more peace. It’s located at the small Jimsmith lake where non-motorized boating, swimming, picnicking and wildlife viewing are encouraged.

Fishing at Jim Smith Lake Photo: Janice Strong

Fort Steele Resort & RV Park

This full-service campground has plenty of space for whatever you’re hauling. It includes an outdoor, heated swimming pool, movie rentals, playground, sani-dump station and a convenience store. If it’s more your style, you can get cozy in their cabin rental. It’s even across the road from the historic Fort Steele Heritage Town.

Mount Baker RV Park Campground

Part of the Good Sam Club, this campground is within city limits. Full-service sites are available, as well as tenting and some pull-throughs. There’s wi-fi, horseshoe pits and bocce and it’s all just a short walk from Cranbrook’s Western Financial Place, curling rink, skateboard park and downtown Cranbrook.

Photo courtesy of Mount Baker RV Park

Regency Park RV Resort

This small, 48-site full-service campground is conveniently located at the edge of town with plenty of space for tenters. Wi-fi, showers, picnic tables, laundry facilities and more can be found at this family-friendly campground. A sani-station is available for those pulling trailers and RVs.

Fort Steele Campground

This 17-acre, full-service, forested campground has hiking and biking galore. Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, there’s lots to do. There’s a playground, swimming pool, firepits, games and an off-leash dog area. The hosts boast family-friendly activities and a quiet space to spend quality time with the family.

Chopping wood at FIndlay Creek Photo: Janice Strong

Like me, for those looking to rough-it a little more and perhaps off the beaten track, there are plenty of paid and free camping spots via exploring the endless forestry roads around the area. If you are the adventurous type, I suggest first picking up a copy of a map book at the Cranbrook Visitor Centre and Chamber of Commerce or check out these websites for more information.

http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/things-to-know/
http://www.hikingcamping.com/camp-free-in-bc.php