Commercial drivers

Glacier National Park

Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park is a high altitude mountain pass that is subject to extreme winter weather. If you are driving a commercial vehicle on this challenging route, it is your responsibility to be aware of safety considerations and regulations.

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Travelling through Rogers Pass

For safety reasons, stopping restrictions are in effect in the Rogers Pass summit area of Glacier National Park. Due to avalanche hazards, there are very few safe stopping and parking areas in Glacier National Park in winter and space is limited. As a commercial truck driver, you must understand these restrictions and plan legally required rest breaks before or after you travel through Rogers Pass.

  • Commercial transport trucks are limited to 30-minute stops in the Rogers Pass summit area of Glacier National Park. Overnight parking or sleeping in vehicles is prohibited.
  • Recommended safe stopping areas in Glacier National Park (limited space):
    • Eastbound: Sir Donald rest area (7.8 km west of Rogers Pass)
    • Westbound: East Glacier rest area (17.3 km east of Rogers Pass)
  • Illegal dumping of garbage, food or human waste, etc. is a chargeable offence under the Canada National Parks Act.

  Restricted stopping areas

Except for stops of less than 30 minutes at the Rogers Pass washroom building and for chain removal on designated areas of the highway shoulder at the summit, commercial transport trucks are not permitted to stop in Rogers Pass between Sir Donald rest area (7.8 km west) and Beaver Valley chain-up area (11 km east). Most of this area is already no stopping due to avalanche risk. See map below for details.

If stopping at the washroom building:

  • Please park on the highway side of the parking area. Do not park directly in front of the building.
  • Please slow down when entering the parking area and watch for pedestrians.

Overnight parking and sleeping in vehicles in Rogers Pass are prohibited due to safety and traffic management considerations. This area is required for safe vehicle parking in the event of highway closures. Snow removal needs to happen overnight to maintain adequate space to hold highway traffic. Illegal parking is a chargeable offense under the Canada National Parks Act, and violators may be fined.

Recommended stopping areas


West of Rogers Pass

  • Illecillewaet brake check 26.3 km west
  • Sir Donald rest area (eastbound only) 7.8 km west

East of Rogers Pass

  • Beaver Valley chain-up area 11 km east
  • East Glacier rest area (westbound only) 17.3 km east
  • Golden CVS inspection station 55.2 km east

Winter driving safety

There are 135 avalanche paths along the 43-km stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway through Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park.

Safe stopping areas are limited. Be aware of avalanche no stopping zones and plan ahead.

If an emergency leaves you stopped in an avalanche area, stay in your vehicle. If you need assistance, call Parks Canada dispatch at 1-877-852-3100.

Conditions can change quickly in the mountains, reduce your speed and increase your following distance as conditions worsen. Know the regulations for commercial vehicles and chains:

  • If your vehicle is required to carry chains, know how to use them.
  • Check DriveBC before heading into the mountains for chain up notifications.
  • Watch for flashing lights or overhead signs advising of chain up requirements.
  • Don’t wait until it is too late - if conditions are deteriorating, chain up for traction and safety.
More about winter driving safety in Rogers Pass

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