About Wilderness Camp

Wilderness Camp on Kootenay Lake in southern BC is a very accessible piece of mountain and lake wilderness. Although there are no roads to the camp, the lake launch point is just over one hour from Nelson, BC, and about four-and-a-half hours from Spokane, Washington. It’s a quiet, off-road, off-grid and off-cell spot on a beautiful natural lake shore.  Some history of Wilderness Camp here.

Camp IS OPEN July 1-August 31, 2017 for our 51st Season.

John and Suzi return for 2017


John Doyle has offered to return as Camp Director for 2017, and it looks like his wife Suzi Doggett has gone along with the idea.  Your Board of Directors readily agreed. John and Suzi were stalwarts at Camp last summer. Suzi played a big role in animating the 50th Anniversary Party and and John made over 300 boat trips.  We’re delighted to have them back for another year.

Share your photos on the Camp Facebook Group.

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Join the Wilderness Camp Facebook community at “Friends of Kootenay Lake Wilderness Camp”. There are already lots of great photos posted.  More stories and photos much appreciated.

Wilderness Camp on Youtube

Watch the new youtube introduction to KootenayWildernessCamping here:

The Northwest Wilderness Society runs the camp in the months of July and August. The camp director and camp boat provide fast motorized access to pristine camping. With dozens of possible camping sites along the beach, campers can be as alone, or as social, as they like. Hiking, swimming, fishing, and paddling the camp canoes are some of the usual activities. There are also frequent fireside sing-alongs, occasional potluck dinners, many kids and families, and NO motor vehicles, motorized watercraft or loud canned music.

Wilderness Camp was begun in the 1960s by a small group of Unitarians as an undeveloped camp and retreat. The affiliation with the Unitarian Church continues and many Unitarians camp here, but there is  no religious affiliation necessary for campers. All are welcome.


The mission of the Wilderness Society remains the same, to protect this special place in its natural state and to make it accessible and safe for the camp months of July and August.  It is not necessary to be a Unitarian member to experience the Wilderness. People of all faiths, or no faith, are very welcome in camp.

Tell your friends about Wilderness Camp.

Or bring them to Camp. You can download the PDF updated KootenayWildernessCampBrochure2014 here.  Or find out about being a Camp Ambassador with a slide show here.





Wonderful wilderness camping on Kootenay Lake in southern British Columbia. Tenting, hiking, paddling, wilderness!