Glacier National Park
There are two designated backcountry campgrounds in the park, primarily serving as basecamps for mountaineering objectives. While the trails to these sites may appear short, they are both extremely steep and grueling ascents, especially with a backpack full of gear!
Mountain goats at Hermit Meadows
Mountain goats have been frequenting Hermit Meadows Backcountry Campground. As wildlife can be attracted to the salt found in human urine, please do not urinate near the campground. Use the privy toilet, store sweaty items appropriately, and give wild animals space. Thank you for helping us keep wildlife wild and protect the safety of other visitors.
|Hermit Meadows||Sir Donald (backcountry)|
|2023 operating dates||June 25 - October 1 (snow dependent)||June 25 - October 1 (snow dependent)|
|2023 reservation dates||July 28 - September 17||Not applicable|
|Campfires||Campfires are not permitted. Gas stove use only.|
|Number of sites||8 (4 reservable)||4|
|Maximum people per site||4 (2 recommended)||4 (2 recommended)|
|Required passes and permits|
Random camping is permitted in certain areas of the park only. The following permits and passes are required:
For information call 250-837-7500. Special rules and conditions apply.
Passes and permits
- Backcountry camping permit (Wilderness Pass): available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre, the Illecillewaet Campground kiosk or by reservation at reservation.pc.gc.ca or 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783). Visit our fees page for current rates.
- Overnight Parking Permit: required if parking overnight at the Illecillewaet Valley or Illecillewaet Campground Trailheads. Available free of charge at the Illecillewaet Campground kiosk 08:30 to 18:00 daily (July to September)
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