Kootenay National Park

Backcountry permit bookings:


  • Online 24/7
  • By calling: 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783)


Online reservations for backcountry camping

Backcountry reservations for designated campgrounds in Kootenay National Park can be made through the Parks Canada Reservation Service.

Quick facts about the backcountry reservation system:

  • To make a reservation, visit or call 1-877-737-3783.
  • Reservations or same day permits will also be available at a Parks Canada Visitor Centre if available.
  • A non-refundable reservation fee applies.
  • Demand is highest in July and August, book early to avoid disappointment.
  • Reservations for overnight stays in the backcountry that are not entirely at designated campgrounds must still be made by contacting a Parks Canada Visitor Centre. (This includes but is not limited to bivouacking and nights outside the national park boundaries)
  • Maximum group size is 10 people, including guides and leaders.

For backcountry campground trip counselling and general information, not available at, contact or visit the Kootenay National Park Visitor Centre in the Village of Radium Hot Springs.

Please note: the Radium Visitor Centre offers limited services during winter. For trip planning during this period, please contact the Lake Louise Visitor Centre team.

Backcountry Permit requirements

A Backcountry Permit is required for overnight trips in the backcountry at any time of year. Your fees support the ongoing maintenance of campgrounds, trails and other backcountry facilities.

Making a reservation in advance, as opposed to same day permits, are recommended to avoid disappointment.

Get your backcountry permit

Current fees

For your convenience, backcountry permits are valid throughout Kootenay, Banff, Yoho and Jasper national parks.

Visit our fees page for pricing.

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