Backcountry camping

Mount Revelstoke National Park

Snowforest Campground is restricted to hard-sided camping units only until the end of the summer operating season to help protect bears and people.

Due to the presence of bears, and for the safety of campers, only hard-sided camping equipment is permitted on this site. Hard-sided is defined as a truck-camper, motorhome or recreational vehicle completely without any canvas, soft-sided pop-ups, or slide-outs. No soft-sided units permitted.

Camping reservations

Parks Canada will be launching reservations for the 2023 visitor season starting in February. Details on specific launch dates will be shared in January.You can reserve sites at Snowforest Campground or at Eva Lake and Jade Lakes backcountry campgrounds at reservation.pc.gc.ca or by telephone at 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783).

Backcountry campgrounds | Random camping | Winter camping

Backcountry campgrounds

Eva and Jade Lakes

There are two designated summer backcountry campgrounds in the park at Eva Lake and Jade Lakes. Each area has four tent pads - 2 of which can be reserved, a privy, and bear-proof food storage lockers. The trailhead is located at the summit of the Meadows in the Sky Parkway, and winds six to nine kilometres through rolling subalpine terrain and treeless alpine tundra to reach high elevation lakes.

Mount Revelstoke National Park backcountry campgrounds
Eva Lake Jade Lakes
2023 operating dates June 30 to October 9 (snow dependent) June 30 to October 9 (snow dependent)
2023 reservation dates July 28 - September 17
Fees See fees
Number of sites 4
Maximum people per site 4 (2 recommended)

Campfires are not permitted. Dogs are not allowed in the upper mountain area or backcountry of Mount Revelstoke National Park, including Eva and Jade Lakes campgrounds.

Backcountry campers require:

  • A backcountry camping permit (Wilderness Pass). Reservations are available online or by telephone at 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783). A non-refundable reservation fee applies to all bookings. For first come, first served sites, visit the Snowforest Campground Centre the morning of your trip.
  • A national park pass. Available at the Snowforest Campground Centre in Mount Revelstoke. Visit our fees page for more information.

Random camping

Random camping is permitted during summer in limited areas of Mount Revelstoke. A backcountry permit is required for random camping and can only be obtained in person at the Snowforest Campground Centre in Mount Revelstoke. For information call 250-837-7500. Special rules and conditions apply.


Winter backcountry camping (November 1 - April 30)

Winter backcountry camping is only allowed more than five kilometres from the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 23N. Special conditions apply.  

Winter Random Camping Map (PDF, 4MB)

Winter backcountry camping requires:

  • A backcountry permit 
  • A national park pass

To travel in the backcountry in winter you should:

  • Understand the risks of backcountry recreation, how to travel in avalanche terrain and how to practice self-rescue techniques.
  • Have an avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe for every member of the group.
  • Check today's Avalanche Bulletin to determine the current conditions.
  • Carefully plan your route using online resources, maps, guidebooks and information from Parks Canada.

Backcountry permits can only be obtained by phone at 250-837-7500 or at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre in Glacier National Park. We cannot guarantee same day service and recommend getting your permit in advance. Plan ahead to avoid disappointment.

There is no winter frontcountry camping in Mount Revelstoke National Park and sleeping in vehicles in parking areas is prohibited. 


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