Hours of operation

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is open year-round, but many visitor facilities are closed due to snow and avalanche risk from October to May.

Always check the Trail Conditions Report and if planning to head into the backcountry in winter, learn about the Winter Permit System and check the Winter restricted area status report for daily updates.

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Visitor Information

Glacier National Park is on Pacific Time. Hours are subject to change.

Rogers Pass Discovery Centre

Open year round

9520 Trans-Canada Highway

May 1 to June 19
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June 20 to August 28
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

August 29 to November 13
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 14

November 15 to December 18
7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dec 19 to March 26
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March 27 to April 30
7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

(250) 837-7500 (Monday to Friday)


Access: Paved flat ground, no stairs.

Illecillewaet kiosk


Illecillewaet Campground

June 21 to August 28*
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

August 29 to October 14*
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

*Attendants may be roaming during these hours. For immediate assistance report to the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre.

Access: Paved and gravel ground, no stairs


Glacier National Park offers outdoor recreation activities year-round. During the winter months, the slopes along the Trans-Canada Highway close for avalanche control and can only be accessed by Winter Permit holders.

Trails and Day-Use Areas

Trails open as early in the summer as the snow allows. Generally, frontcountry trails are open by mid-June and backcountry trails are open by mid to late July. All trails remain open until the autumn snowfall (usually mid-October). In spring and late fall, trails may be subject to avalanche risk or have snow or ice covered sections requiring snowshoes or crampons for safe travel. Delays in trail openings may occur when bears are present in the area or when snow has caused damage to trail structures.

Day-use areas along the Trans-Canada Highway open with the spring snowmelt - usually early to late June. With the exception of the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre area, all day-use areas are closed after Canadian Thanksgiving in early October.

Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding

Ski and snowboard backcountry touring season in Glacier National Park usually begins in mid-November and lasts until the end of April. During this period, Glacier National Park also runs the world's largest mobile avalanche control program using explosive artillery fire to protect highway and railway traffic from natural avalanches. The Winter Permit System is in effect from mid-November to late April annually. The system allows Parks Canada to open certain slopes when avalanche control is not required, separating skiers from explosives and the resulting avalanches.

Where to buy a National Park Pass

When visiting a national park or national historic site, you must have a valid national parks pass. Glacier National Park offers various options and locations to buy your pass today.

National Park Pass purchase locations
Day passes

Provides entry to Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Yoho, Kootenay, Banff, Jasper, Waterton Lakes and Elk Island national parks.

Valid until 4:00 p.m. on the day after purchase.

Available in-person at the following locations:

Year round

  • Rogers Pass Discovery Centre
  • Parks Canada Administration Office in Revelstoke, 301B 3 St. W
  • Automated National Park Entry Pass Machine outside of the Parks Canada Administration Office in Revelstoke, 301B 3 St W

Seasonally – approximately May long weekend to Thanksgiving

Discovery Pass

Provides entry into more than 80 National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites across Canada.

Valid for a full year until the end of the calendar month of purchase.

Available in-person at the following locations:

Year round


Annual Pass (to Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks only)

Available in-person at the following locations:

Year round



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