Visiting with dogs
Important: Dogs are not allowed in the summit area and backcountry of Mount Revelstoke National Park.
If you plan to visit Mount Revelstoke or Glacier National Park with your dog, plan ahead and don’t forget your leash! See below for areas where dogs are and are not allowed.
Dogs are welcome on many trails in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks, but must be on leash at all times. Whether you are looking for an overnight adventure or a quick break on a road trip to stretch your legs, here are some areas you and your dog can enjoy:
Mount Revelstoke National Park
- Meadows in the Sky Parkway: trails and day-use areas on lower Mount Revelstoke up to Columbia Viewpoint
- Giant Cedars Boardwalk
- Snowforest Campgound
Glacier National Park
- Asulkan Valley trail
- Great Glacier trail
- Bear Creek Falls trail
- Illecillewaet Campground
- Loop Brook Campground
Find more dog-friendly trails in Glacier National Park.
Areas dogs are not allowed
Mount Revelstoke Summit Area - Mount Revelstoke National Park
Important: Dogs are not allowed in the summit area and backcountry of Mount Revelstoke National Park
For the safety of visitors, pets, and wildlife, dogs are not allowed in the summit area and backcountry of Mount Revelstoke National Park.
The dog restriction encompasses the entire summit area (all trails) beyond the Columbia Viewpoint and the backcountry of Mount Revelstoke National Park including:
- The upper Lindmark Trail beyond the junction that leads to the Meadows in the Sky Parkway (below Eagle Pass Viewpoint).
- The Summit Trail beyond the fifth crossing of the Meadows in the Sky Parkway (near Columbia Viewpoint)
Please note: Hikers can connect the lower Lindmark and Summit trails along the Meadows in the Sky Parkway above the Columbia Viewpoint.
This year-round dog restriction has been introduced due to an increase in encounters between bears and off-leash dogs.
Balu Pass Trail - Glacier National Park
Important: Dogs are not allowed on Balu Pass Trail.
Dogs are not allowed on the Balu Pass Trail or in the Connaught Creek drainage to protect the watershed as a potable water source for Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park.
Are you bringing your furry family member camping? Dogs are welcome in Snowforest, Illecillewaet, and Loop Brook campgrounds, however, they must be on a leash at all times. Please do not leave your pets unattended, pick up after your pets, and ensure that all pet food is stored in your vehicle or a bear-proof locker.
Please keep dogs on a leash and under control at all times.
If you bring your dog to a national park, you must:
- Ensure your dog is on a leash and under control at all times.
- Pick up and dispose of your dog's waste in a garbage bin.
- Only bring your dog on trails where they are allowed.
More tips for visiting a national park with your dog:
- Consider leaving your dog at home if you plan to hike or camp in the backcountry.
- Consider using a licenced dog-boarding or dog-walking service.
- Ensure your dog’s safety; select suitable activities and terrain that align with you and your dog’s abilities. See dog-friendly trails in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks.
- Ensure you and your dog are prepared for extreme weather conditions (very cold temperatures, exposure, etc.) as the weather is unpredictable in the mountains.
Visitor and wildlife safety is of the utmost importance to Parks Canada. Dogs, like wolves and coyotes, cause stress for wildlife as they may be seen as a threat. Dogs can also trigger aggressive behaviour from wildlife such as grizzly bears. Penalties for non-compliance include a maximum fine of $25,000 and/or possible ban from national parks.