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Yoho National Park

Rules & Regulations

General Information
Quiet Hours
Campfires
Pets
Bears
Long Weekends
Fishing
Generators
Campground Etiquette
Important


General Information

  • Check out time is 11:00 a.m. Check in anytime after 2:00 p.m.
  • Maximum stay is 14 days 
  • Camping is only permitted at designated campsites 
  • Vehicles and tents must be within your designated site and on the tent pad 
  • A maximum of three “units” and six people are permitted on each site 
    • A unit is a vehicle, RV, trailer or tent 
    • Only one RV or trailer is allowed per site 
  • Do not tie anything to the trees, including tarps. Tarps should be strung using poles
  • Secure all food inside your vehicle or hard sided trailer/RV when you aren’t eating. Refer to the 'Bare' Campsite program for more information.
  • Sites are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Demand is heaviest in July, August and on all long weekends. Arrive early!

Quiet Hours

We work hard to ensure that visitors get a good night’s sleep. It is for this reason that quiet hours are in effect daily.

  • Quiet hours are from 11:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. 
  • During quiet hours music and loud conversations are prohibited 
  • Only site occupants are allowed in the campground after 11:00 p.m.

Please remember, even quiet conversations can carry through a forested area. Excessive noise is not permitted at any time of the day. Please report disturbances to the wardens or park staff.

Campfires

Please keep your campfire safe for you and the environment by following these rules:

  • Purchase a permit Permits are available at the campground or self-registration kiosk. 
  • Keep fires small - To reduce their impact on the environment, fires must be contained within the fire pit provided and be kept to a reasonable size. It is illegal to start a fire outside of a designated location. 
  • Use firewood provided – Transporting wood from elsewhere may spread invasive bugs and disease. Do not burn garbage or collect deadfall from the surrounding forest for burning. Use an axe or hatchet to make your own kindling from the firewood provided. 
  • Keep it down – Please respect your neighbours by keeping your voices down and putting out fires during quiet hours (11 p.m. to 7 a.m). 
  • Never leave a fire - Fires must be attended at all times.

Pets

To keep pets and wildlife safe, your pets must be leashed at all times and not left unattended. Pet food should be stored inside your vehicle. For more information, read about the 'Bare' Campsite program before arriving.

Bears

When not being consumed or used, all food, toiletries and items that may attract wildlife must be kept in your vehicle or hard-sided trailer. Coolers are not bear proof. Campers must adhere to the 'Bare' Campsite program or risk having their camping permit revoked without refund.

Long Weekends

From May to September, a number of policies are in place to ensure visitors get a good night's sleep. On long weekends, a full ban on the possession of alcohol will be in effect.

Fishing

Fishing permits are required to enjoy the great fishing in Kootenay National Park. Permits are available at all mountain parks visitor centres, entry gates and some campgrounds.

Generators

Birds chirping, leaves rustling and, oh, a generator! Many visitors camp to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Generators are permitted daily between 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. only.

Campground Etiquette

You can be a good neighbour and have a great camping experience by respecting the following guidelines:

  • Washing Dishes – Please use a personal basin for washing dishes (not the bathrooms, where space is limited) and dump grey water down outdoor sinks. 
  • Washing Laundry - Please use your own tub and dump water down the outdoor sink or toilets. Do not tie clotheslines to the trees. Laundry facilities are available in the Village of Radium. 
  • Recycling - Bottles and cans (refundable containers) can be recycled in each campground near designated washroom buildings. 
  • Children - To ensure the safety of your children, please supervise them at all times. Children may become lost in the campground or may unknowingly trespass on a neighbouring campsite. 
  • Driving - Respect the posted speed limits and remain alert while driving in the campground. Trees may obstruct your view and pedestrians, especially children, may suddenly dart out onto the road. 
  • Accessing Facilities - Please use roadways and pathways to access campground facilities (cook shelters, bathrooms, etc.) and your own campsite. Cutting through a neighbouring campsite will disturb other campers and may cause damage to the fragile vegetation.

Important

Campers who fail to comply with the 'Bare' Campsite Program or other regulations listed above may have their camping permit revoked, without a refund. They may also be charged under the Canada National Parks Act. The permit holder is responsible for ensuring the campsite is maintained in a satisfactory condition.