About Wilderness Camp


Camping at Northwest Wilderness Society is scheduled to open July 1, 2022, in accordance with orders of the Provincial Health Officer. Our priority is providing safe access to campers and maintaining the safety of our camp directors. Please check the current Province Wide Restrictions. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sites cannot be saved or reserved. The Board has implemented a 2-night (3 day) minimum stay.

Health and Safety Plan

We are moving away from the Covid 19 specific measures this year, such as requiring Covid19 waiver forms to be signed. We acknowledge this virus continues to circulate in the communities and people have varying approaches to personal protection. Some campers may want to wear masks in the boat and maintain personal space when around others.
Thank you for being aware of others’ needs and continuing to make our Wilderness community welcoming and safe.
Please continue to use sanitizer at the walkie talkie station and at the biffies.


Our 57th 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.

The NWWS Property

Wilderness is a 160 acre delta of natural forest at the mouth of a glacier-fed mountain stream and along the shore of a large lake.  The camping area is flat and thinly forested – a steep canyon containing the stream leads back into the mountains behind.   There is about a mile of shoreline along the lake with a beach consisting mostly of round, wave-washed rock interspersed with areas of sand.


Use the walkie talkie to call the boat

Call the volunteer Camp Director when arriving at Schroeder Creek Resort (see How to get here).

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

The Northwest Wilderness Society runs the camp in the months of July and August. The volunteer camp director and camp boat assist access to the retreat and campsites. The various campsites offer campers options to be more social or solitary as desired. 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.

The Northwest Wilderness Society of the Unitarian Church was founded in 1965 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.

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