Tree removal notice

This summer, due to hazard tree removal, Illecillewaet Campground will have limited availability and Loop Brook Campground will be closed for rehabilitation.

A spruce beetle outbreak in Glacier National Park is leaving most of the older spruce trees in the area dead or dying. For public safety and to reduce the wildfire risk, dead trees are being removed from visitor areas including Illecillewaet and Loop Brook campgrounds.

The forest will look different afterwards, but the removal of these trees will allow greater diversity, and new growth. Spruce beetles play an important role in maintaining healthy forests. They are the main source of natural disturbance in the inland rainforest.

Three frontcountry campgrounds are located in Rogers Pass National Historic Site, the heart of Glacier National Park. Immerse yourself in the stunning scenery and cultural history of the Columbia Mountains.

Illecillewaet Campground is the main basecamp in the park and doubles as a major trailhead. The name Illecillewaet comes from a Sinixt word meaning "big water". It is pronounced ill ah SIL-ah-wet (or ill a silhouette).

2 km down the highway, Loop Brook Campground is known for the old stone railway pillars that guard its entrance. A smaller, more intimate campground, Loop Brook is steps away from self-guided interpretive trails that delve into the area’s rich railway history. This campground is closed until 2022 due to site rehabilitation work.

Mount Sir Donald Campground (frontcountry) is closed until further notice due to the prevalence of hazard trees.

Glacier National Park campgrounds
Illecillewaet Loop Brook Mount Sir Donald (frontcountry)
 2021 operating dates July 1 to October 11 (delayed opening due to hazardous tree removal and flooding, snow dependent) Closed until 2022 due to site rehabilitation work. Closed until further notice due to prevalence of hazard trees
 2021 reservation dates Not applicable Not applicable
Location from
the summit of
Rogers Pass
3 km west 5 km west 6 km west
Fees * See prices
Number of sites Approximately 14 of 60 on a first-come, first-served basis (Until further notice. Limited capacity due to hazardous tree removal) 20 15
Flush toilets Yes Yes No
Food lockers Yes Yes Yes
Potable water Yes Yes Yes
Kitchen shelters Yes Yes No
Campfires allowed ** Yes, with fire permit (See prices) Yes, with fire permit (See prices) No
Showers No No No
Electricity available No No No
Barrier-free access
(wheelchair-accessible sites and washrooms)
No (Until further notice. Limited capacity due to hazardous tree removal) No No
Staffed welcome station Yes No No
Sani dump
(sewage disposal)
No 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 occupants and equipment allowed per site

Up to 7 people may stay at a site.

1 RV or camping trailer, plus up to two tents if the size of the site allows. 2 RVs/campers are not permitted on the same site. All equipment and vehicles must fit entirely on the gravel pad.

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.