Winter camping

Glacier National Park

Overnight parking at the Illecillewaet Valley and Illecillewaet Campground trailheads

All visitors leaving vehicles at these trailheads when staying at an Alpine Club of Canada hut or in the backcountry require an overnight parking permit for their vehicle, available free of charge.

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 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.

Visitors staying at huts operated by the Alpine Club of Canada and parking overnight at the Illecillewaet Valley trailhead also require overnight parking permits and must verify whether planned routes require Winter Permits.

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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