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Frontcountry reservations launch April 9, 2021 at 7 am PDT.
You can reserve sites at Loop Brook campground and Hermit Meadows backcountry campground online at reservation.pc.gc.ca or by telephone at 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783). All other campgrounds operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

Frontcountry camping | Backcountry camping | Winter camping

Frontcountry camping

Glacier National Park's two campgrounds are all located near the summit of Rogers Pass.

Glacier National Park campgrounds
Illecillewaet Loop Brook
 2021 operating dates Late June to late September Mid July to late September 
 2021 reservation dates Not applicable  July 15 - September 15 
Location from
the summit of
Rogers Pass
3 km west 5 km west
Fees * $21.97 $21.97
Number of sites 60 20
Flush toilets Yes Yes
Food lockers Yes Yes
Potable water Yes Yes
Kitchen shelters Yes Yes
Campfires allowed ** Yes Yes
Showers No No
Electricity available No No
Barrier-free access
(wheelchair-accessible sites and washrooms)
Yes No
Staffed welcome station Yes No
Sani dump
(sewage disposal)
No No

* National park pass required. Available for purchase at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre.

** Firewood is available for use within the campground with purchase of a fire permit. Please don’t take more than an armload per night. Use only firewood that is provided at the campground. Moving firewood to or from national parks can spread invasive species.

Check in, registration & check out

Illecillewaet Campground is entirely first come first served. Please select and occupy a campsite that fits your equipment and check in at the welcome station near the centre of the campground within 30 minutes of arrival. For after-hour arrivals, self-registration by credit card and exact cash is available at the welcome station.

Loop Brook Campground is by reservation only. If you have a reservation, please proceed to your site. If you do not have a reservation, inquire with the attendant on duty for possible vacancy. After hours, if the campground is not full, available sites will be marked as ‘available for one night only’. Payment can be made the following morning with the attendant or at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre.

The maximum length of stay is 14 nights. The check out time for all Glacier National Park campgrounds is 12 pm.

Quiet hours

Quiet hours are in effect daily to ensure that visitors get a good night's sleep.

  • Quiet hours are from 11 pm - 7 am
  • Campfires, visitors, consumption of alcohol, cannabis and cannabis products are not permitted during this time
  • Only site occupants are allowed in the campground after 11 pm

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 park wardens or staff.

Generator use
Illecillewaet and Loop Brook campgrounds are located in quiet wilderness settings. Generators can be used for short periods to recharge RV batteries, between the hours of 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Maximum equipment allowed per site

Up to 7 people travelling in the same vehicle may stay overnight in one campsite.

The maximum units at each campsite is three (a unit is one RV or one vehicle with camping trailer, plus up to two tents. They must all fit on the gravel pads). In addition, dining tents are permitted at all campsites where they can fit on the gravel pad. Tents and vehicles are not permitted off of the pads. This regulation is strictly enforced.

A small number of campsites in the park accommodate Class A motorhomes (over 10 m or 33 ft).

Bears

Bears are naturally wary of people, but can become a serious hazard if they become used to human food sources. Keep a clean campsite and ensure that anything associated with food, cooking, personal hygiene or pets is stored in your vehicle or in the campground food lockers when you’re not using it. Do not store any of these items in your tent. This is for your safety and it’s also a requirement in any national park. For tips and information on keeping your campsite safe in bear country, check out The “Bare” Campsite Program.

Camping with dogs

Bringing your furry family member? Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash at all times. Do not leave pets unattended, pick up after your pets and ensure that all pet food is stored in your vehicle.

Alcohol and cannabis

Consuming alcohol, cannabis and cannabis products is only allowed at registered campsites. Daily quiet hours concerning consumption are also in place.

Cannabis is legalized and strictly regulated in Canada. It is your responsibility to understand federal, provincial and municipal regulations for cannabis and alcohol consumption while visiting Glacier National Park.

Camping outside of Glacier National Park

Snowforest Campground in Mount Revelstoke National Park is 70 km west of Rogers Pass. Several commercial campgrounds are found in the communities of Revelstoke and Golden. In addition, two BC Parks campgrounds, Martha Creek and Blanket Creek, are located within 20 minutes of Revelstoke.


Backcountry camping

There are two designated backcountry campgrounds in the park:

Each campground is equipped with:

  • Tent pads
  • Outhouses
  • Bear-proof food storage lockers or poles

Campfires are not permitted. Gas stove use only.

Backcountry campers require a backcountry camping permit and a national park pass. Both are available at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre and at the Parks Canada office in Revelstoke. Hermit Meadows camp sites may be reserved online at reservation.pc.gc.ca or by telephone at 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783). All other sites are first come first served. Visit our fees page for current rates.

See also:

Random camping

Random camping is permitted in designated areas only. A backcountry permit is required for random camping and can only be obtained in person at Parks Canada visitor centres in Revelstoke or Rogers Pass. For information call 250-837-7500. Special rules and conditions apply.


Winter camping

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 wilderness pass/backcountry camping permit
  • 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.

Learn more:

The Winter Permit System and Ski Touring in Rogers Pass