Backcountry camping

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park offers spectacular backcountry experiences to visitors looking to step beyond roadside attractions in the park.

 Camping Reservations

Reservations for the 2024 season will launch on January 19, 2024 at 8 a.m. Pacific Time. Campsite reservations are accepted at Loop Brook Campground and Hermit Meadows backcountry campground. All other campgrounds assign sites on a first come, first served basis.

Reserve your campsite!

Campgrounds and huts in Glacier National Park

 
 Frontcountry
 Backcountry
 Alpine Club of Canada Huts

Backcountry camping

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!

Backcountry campgrounds in Glacier National Park
Hermit Meadows Sir Donald (backcountry)
2024 operating dates (nights) July 1 - September 30 (snow dependent) July 1 - September 30 (snow dependent)
2024 reservation dates (nights) July 15 - September 22 Not applicable
Maximum reservable nights 3 3
Fees See fees
Equipment
  • Pit toilet. These toilets have a single seat and are not located within an enclosure but are situated to provide privacy.
  • Bear-proof food storage lockers or poles
Campfires Campfires are not permitted. Gas stove use only.
Number of sites 8 4
Maximum people per site 4 (2 recommended) 4 (2 recommended)
Required passes and permits

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 pit toilet, store sweaty items in bags or storage lockers and give wild animals space. Thank you for helping us keep wildlife wild and protect the safety of other visitors.

Random camping

Random camping in the Bald Hills

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.

Download random camping map (6.5 MB)


Passes and permits

Backcountry camping permits for Sir Donald Backcountry Campground are available at the Illecillewaet Campground on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations for Hermit Meadows Backcountry Campground can be made through the Parks Canada Reservation Service.

Random Camping Backcountry Permits are available at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre and Illecillewaet Campground.

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