Permits and reservations
Backcountry camping permits
A backcountry camping permit is mandatory for all overnight trips and can be obtained by phoning the Trail Office (780) 852-6177. Backcountry trail office hours.
Frequent backcountry travellers can purchase an annual backcountry pass, valid in Jasper, Banff, Kootenay and Yoho national parks for a full year after purchase date. If you have an annual backcountry pass, you also need a backcountry camping permit for each trip. Annual backcountry pass holders pay only the reservation fee for their backcountry camping permit.
Winter use guidelines
Our backcountry permit system allows us to determine backcountry quotas and allocate resources to priority areas.
Note to Alpine Club of Canada hut users:
- If you are staying at an Alpine Club of Canada hut you must either obtain a backcountry camping permit from the Alpine Club, or bring along your annual backcountry pass.
Campsite reservations are strongly recommended. You can make a reservation up to 3 months in advance of your trip by phoning the Trail Office (780) 852-6177 (hours of operations).
A non refundable reservation fee applies. Book early for semi-primitive and primitive campsites. Check the Backcountry Campground Vacancy Report
Backcountry camping fees are used to fund trail maintenance, bridge building, campground maintenance, and trip planning assistance.
Backcountry camping fees, excluding the reservation fee, are entirely refundable up to 48 hours before your proposed date of departure. If your plans change, please take advantage of our refund policy and make your space available to others. Fees.