Winter Backcountry Camping

Winter backcountry camping is allowed only in Winter Unrestricted Areas, and more than five kilometres from the trailhead. Backcountry camping is not allowed in Winter Restricted Areas or Winter Prohibited Areas.

Winter backcountry camping requires:

  • A backcountry camping permit (wilderness pass)
  • A national park pass
  • An overnight parking permit
  • A Winter Permit (if travelling through a Winter Restricted Area)

Overnight parking permits for select parking areas can only be obtained by phone at 250-837-7500 or at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre, and specific exit routes will be explained to you at the time. Due to limited visitor services this year, we cannot guarantee same day service and recommend getting your permit in advance. Plan ahead to avoid disappointment.

Overnight parking at the Illecillewaet Valley Trailhead is only available for visitors staying at huts operated by the Alpine Club of Canada. The applicable Parks Canada permits can be obtained when booking your hut stay through the Alpine Club of Canada.

There is no winter frontcountry camping in Glacier National Park and sleeping in vehicles in parking areas is prohibited. Snow clearing and winter maintenance of parking areas occurs overnight.


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