Where to boondock in the Kootenays?
First of, what is boondocking?
Boondocking is basically parking your RV somewhere for free. It can be on crown land, on the side of the road, on a private property with the OK from the owner, on a store parking lot like Walmart, on city property. No matter where, boondocking is free but permitted, but you usually don't have amenities or hookups. You are then off-grid.
Why would you want to boondock?
Boondocking is not for everyone, that's for sure. When you choose to boondock, you agree to lose any form of "luxury". No extended hot shower, no pool, no playground, no wifi and so on so forth. People who boondock usually just need a spot to crash for the night. It's a way to save time and money.
List of places we boondocked during our trip:
This list will be updated along the way.
Rock Creek, BC
Right behind the closed Gold Pan Café on highway BC-3, there is a spot called Creekside Park where you can easily park a RV. There are a few picnic tables and a fire ring besides the creek; there is also a swing set close by for your kiddos to enjoy. It's not the most quiet place you will find, but it definitely does the job for a night or two. Beware of the mosquitoes if you come during a rainy day!
Kimberley's Centennial Centre
There is no "no overnight camping" sign and the parking lot is very big. It is close by hiking trails and the town centre. Just be aware, there are a lot of the sprinklers by the side of the road, which can be quite noisy if it sprays on your trailer!
Above Marysville's Arena
After you pass the arena, there is a huge parking lot on the right hand side of the road. It's very quiet and private, overlooking the big sport field.