About Wilderness Camp


Board setting careful safety protocols

Camping at BC provincial parks and recreation sites will reopen June 1, 2020, with some exceptions. Wilderness Camp will follow suit and open July 1, 2020, in keeping with direction from the Provincial Health Officer. Our priority is providing safe access to campers and maintaining the safety of our camp directors.

We will be posting and emailing the full details of our physical distancing and cleanliness protocols at camp within the coming weeks.  The key principles will be to ensure that nobody comes to camp if they have any signs of COVID-19, or have had exposure to the virus, that we maintain a physical distance of two metres from other campers, and that we maintain a high level of hygiene. Details on protocols around boat travel and the use of toilets will follow.

As conditions are fluid, we will adjust our policies if the situation changes. We are bound to follow the guidelines of the Provincial Health Officer, which may change at any time.  We note that the Canada / USA  border remains closed for the time being.

We ask that campers take careful note of provincial travel guidelines, which can be found at http://bcparks.ca/Covid-19.

We would like to camp on our land this summer, practice strong stewardship of this beautiful place and ensure safe camping protocols at all times.


Our 54th Season

Created by Unitarian leaders in 1966 camping in this special place has been a bonding experience for families and friends for generations. Celebrating peace, beauty and community in nature again this summer.

Use the walkie talkie to call the boat

Call the Camp Director when arriving at Schroeder Creek Resort (see How to get here) the Walkie Talkie to call the Director for the boat is now in a wooden box on the side of the outhouse (biffy) in the  north section of the parking lot, just above the beach on Bickel Road).  Make sure to turn off the radio and put it back after you use it.

It’s time now to talk to friends about camping this summer. Your Board is making plans now for a great season.

Want to spread the love of camp?
(We would like you to!)

Word of mouth from people who love camping at Wilderness is far-and-away the best promotion of the experience. Tell the people you love, share the joy. If you are interested we can provide you with brochures, slide shows and all you need to do a display or a presentation to you church/community or even friends.   Email us: info@kootenaywildernesscamping.org.   Or you can find material on this website.

Support Camp for future generations
NOW via E Transfer!

Now you can donate online easily with an E-Transfer… send a note with your transfer code to the Treasurer at: nwws.treasurer@gmail.com. Then send an e-transfer from your account. Remember donations give you a charitable tax credit in Canada.

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 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.

All about Camping in Wilderness

Download the still current and extremely useful guide, PDF: Kootenay Wilderness Camp Guide 2018

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