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Rogers Pass National Historic Site

Hours and Seasons of Operation

The Rogers Pass Discovery Centre
The Rogers Pass Discovery Centre

At the heart of Glacier National Park, Rogers Pass National Historic Site is located at the summit of the pass, on the Trans-Canada Highway. The historic site is accessible to the public year-round, but many visitor facilities are closed by snow during the winter. There are extensive backcountry skiing opportunities in Rogers Pass – please check the Backcountry Avalanche Bulletin and Winter Restricted Area Status web pages before venturing into the backcountry.

During the summer months, Rogers Pass National Historic Site offers frontcountry and backcountry camping, hiking and strolling, mountaineering and picnicking opportunities as well as interpretive programs and the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre. Please check the Trail Conditions Report for daily updates. Additional information is available on the Glacier National Park web pages.

Rogers Pass Discovery Centre

Rogers Pass Discovery Centre under early winter snow Rogers Pass Discovery Centre under early winter snow
© Parks Canada / Keith Webb

Explore Magazine calls it the best national park museum in Canada. The Rogers Pass Discovery Centre is a replica of an historic railway snowshed. An essential place to start or end your day, this recently-renovated information centre features a theatre and exhibits about the triumphs and tragedies behind the building of Canada’s first trans-continental railway.

The Discovery Centre is the only historic site facility open during the spring and winter when campgrounds, trails and day-use areas lie under a two-metre blanket of snow.


Hours of operation are:

Dates Hours of operation
April 1 - April 30 7:00 am - 4:00 pm daily
Closed 12:30 - 1:30 Tuesday - Friday
May 1 - May 14 CLOSED
May 15 - June 11 9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
June 12 - September 9 8:00 am - 7:00 pm daily
September 10 - October 13 9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
October 14 - November 20 CLOSED
November 21 - April 30, 2016 7:00 am - 4:00 pm daily
Closed 12:30 - 1:30 Tuesday - Friday


Campgrounds and Day-Use Areas

Day-use areas, such as the Mount Sir Donald and the Summit of Rogers Pass picnic areas open with the spring snow melt – usually mid to late June. All day-use areas are closed after Canadian Thanksgiving in early October.

There are three campgrounds within the national historic site:

  • Illecillewaet Campground is located 3 km west of the summit of Rogers Pass.
    It is open from late June to late September and offers 60 campsites.
  • Loop Brook Campground (5 km west of the summit) offers 20 campsites and is open from Canada Day to Labour Day.
  • Mount Sir Donald Campground (one km west of Loop Brook) offers 15 primitive campsites during July and August.

Trails

Trails are opened as early in the year as the snowpack allows. Delays in trail openings may occur when bears are present in the area or when snow has caused damage to trail structures. Generally, Loop Brook Trail and Bear Creek Falls Trail open by mid-June. 1885 Trail and Glacier House Trail open by early July, and higher elevation backcountry trails open by mid to late July. All trails remain open until the autumn snowfall (usually mid-October).

* Please note: All hours and dates are subject to change.

Rogers Pass National Historic Site is on Pacific Time.

Glacier House model at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre Glacier House model at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre
© Parks Canada / Rob Buchanan