Dry Gulch Provincial Park
Dry Gulch is a small, quiet park nestled between Invermere and Radium. A five minute drive from the James Chabot Day Use area, as well as the Radium Hot Springs, Dry Gulch is the ideal location for anyone who wants to experience the best of everything these two cities have to offer. Don’t let the name fool you, Dry Gulch is often lush, green and decently treed, making it a popular spot for birdwatching. This park is also great for those who enjoy a nice warm soak for its close proximity to Radium Hot Springs, and Fairmont Hot Springs.
Dry Gulch does accept reservations for 18 of its 27 campsites. All reservations for Provincial Parks in BC go through the Discover Camping System. The Discover Camping System opens yearly on January 2nd and Dry Gulch accepts reservations for front country sites up to four months in advance, with a minimum of two days in advance. Key information about the reservation process is noted below:
This is the website for the reservation service. Here you may check availability and make reservations for any Provincial Park in BC that accepts them. You can also view pictures of the reservable campsites and check their measurements. Click the logo to be directed to the BC Parks Discover Camping Reservation Service.
This is the phone number for the reservation service. Please know that there is an additional administrative fee for making bookings by phone.
This is where you may get information about reservation policy and procedure. Questions about making, changing or canceling a reservation? This is your guide. Click the logo to be directed to BC Parks Frontcountry Campground Reservations information page.
Photo Courtesy of Jenna Gunn
Vehicle Accessible Campsites: Dry Gulch has 27 campsites. It has 18 reservable sites and 9 first-come-first-serve campsites. These campsites are good for tents, RVs,or trailers; however, some of the reservation campsites are more suitable for tent camping, so please read the information on the Go Camping Reservation Site carefully.
Toilets: In addition to many outhouses, this campground offers flush toilets. There is one toilet building located within easy walking distance of all campsites which offers wheelchair accessible toilets.
Drinking Water: Water posts are located throughout the campground. Water quality is tested every two weeks.
Campfires: Each campsite is equipped with a fire pit. Firewood can be purchased on site from the Park Operator.
Things to Do
Biking: Roadways are paved throughout the park. Please note that helmets are mandatory in BC.
This is the fee per camping party per night.
One vehicle is permitted for each camping party. Any additional vehicles are subject to a nightly fee.
During the shoulder season, BC Seniors pay a reduced rate.
Firewood can be purchased on site from the park operator.
Key Rules to Know Before You Go
Camping Party Size: A camping party is 1-4 persons 16 years of age or older. Maximum party size is 8 persons (when including children under the age of 16). A camping party can have one vehicle and trailer, either one (but not both) may be an RV.
Extra Vehicles: A camping party may have a second vehicle (non-RV) on site for an additional nightly charge of half its camping fee. A towed vehicle and/or boat are not considered a second vehicle.
Check In/Check Out: Check in time is 1:00pm on scheduled date of arrival. Check out time is 11:00am. Late check outs may be permitted with prior approval from the Park Operator.
Pets: Pets are permitted on leash within the camping area. Waste must be cleaned up and properly disposed of. Noise must be controlled.
Equipment: All tents, RVs, vehicles and equipment must remain on the gravel portion of the campsite to protect the ecological values of the park and preserve it for future users.
Quiet Time and Generators: Quiet time hours are 10:00pm-7:00am. Excessive noise is not permitted to enhance the enjoyment of all guests. Generator hours are 9am-11am and 6:00pm-8:00pm.
For more information on park rules and regulations, you may check out the BC Parks Website here: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/campingEthics.html
Campground Opening and Closing Dates
All campground opening, closing and charging dates are dependent on many factors (weather, water systems, etc.), as such they are approximate and may change without notice.
Gates open for Off Season Camping
Mid April - April 30th (depending on snow) until October
Off Season Camping happens before the water is turned on and after the water is shut off. At this time there is no charge for camping
Water is turned on
May 1st - September 30th
Once the water is turned on, camping fees will be collected.
Things to do in the Area
The Village of Radium Hot Springs: Radium is about 10 minutes away from Dry Gulch. Activities to do in Radium include shopping, dining and more. http://www.radiumhotsprings.ca/
Radium Hot Springs: Located in Kootenay National Park, these large odorless springs are a must visit for tourists in the area. https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/promotion/sources-springs/radium
The City of Invermere: Located a quick 5 minute drive from Dry Gulch, Invermere has numerous recreation activities and a vibrant arts culture. http://www.invermere.ca/
Fairmont Hot Springs: Another nearby hot spring hot spot, a 23 min drive will take you to Fairmont Hot Springs. Shopping, golf and of course the pools are popular with locals and tourists alike. https://www.fairmonthotsprings.com/
Golf: Numerous courses dot the landscape in the Columbia Valley. Plan your trip carefully as it will be hard to experience them all in one trip. http://www.invermere.ca/golf.php