Commercial drivers

Glacier National Park

Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park is a high altitude mountain pass that is subject to extreme winter weather. Even in peak summer months, snowfall is possible at the summit of the pass. 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. From November through May, there are very few safe stopping and parking areas due to avalanche hazards. In summer, Rogers Pass is a key visitor hub with high vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the day use areas. Parking space is limited year-round. 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 operations take place 24 hours a day, and parking lots are often maintained overnight to maintain adequate space to hold highway traffic in the event of a closure. 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

  Height and Oversized Load Restrictions

There are five permanent concrete avalanche sheds designed to protect motorists from avalanches while travelling the Trans-Canada Highway through Rogers Pass. Commercial vehicles with a height greater than 4.4m (14.4ft) cannot safely pass through these structures. Please check the BC Height Clearance Tool for detailed information regarding load restrictions throughout the province.

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.
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