Permits

GDT Hikers must stay in designated campgrounds in most National and Provincial Parks so it is recommended that you arrange for all park permits in advance.

Parks Canada

Parks Canada Discovery Pass: Covers access to National Parks, campground fees are not included. Go to the Parks Canada website for more information.

Annual Discovery Pass $67.70 or One Day Discovery Pass $9.80

National Park Wilderness Pass: Covers backcountry camping in National Parks. 

Annual Wilderness Pass $68.70 or One Night Wilderness Pass $9.80

National Park Wilderness Passes require a reservation with a complete selection of all backcountry campgrounds and random camping locations (where applicable) to be used on your trip, and are subject to campground availability. Random camping is authorized in some areas within National Parks (e.g. Amiskwi valley in Yoho and Howse Pass Trail in Banff) but a Wilderness Pass is still required. For changes en-route, visit a Parks Canada visitor centre or a Backcountry Park Warden may be able to revise your Wilderness Pass. For more information, check out the Parks Canada website.

Outside of National and Provincial Parks, permits and reservations are not required on the GDT.

National Park Backcountry Campground Reservations:

National Park backcountry campground reservations cost $11.70 (one time fee in addition to the Wilderness Pass fee). All national parks along the GDT now accept online reservations with the exception of Waterton Lakes National Park. Hikers planning a long-distance trek through multiple National Parks will likely have to contact each Park office separately to make all required campground reservations. 

Banff

  • Online reservations for Banff National Park’s backcountry camping open on March 1, 2018.
  • Telephone: 403-762-1556
  • Email: banff.vrc@pc.gc.ca
  • In person at a Banff National Park Visitor Centre

Jasper

  • Online reservations for Jasper National Park’s backcountry camping open on January 24, 2018.
  • Telephone: 780-852-6177; press 2 (not 1) to reach someone in Jasper
  • Email: jnp.backcountry@pc.gc.ca
  • In person at a Jasper National Park Visitor Centre

Kootenay

  • Online reservations for Kootenay National Park’s backcountry camping open on March 1, 2018.
  • Telephone: 250-347-9505 (seasonal)
  • Email: kootenay.info@pc.gc.ca
  • In person at a Kootenay National Park Visitor Centre

Waterton Lakes:

  • Reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance
  • Telephone: 403-859-5133
  • Email: waterton.info@pc.gc.ca
  • In person at a Waterton Lakes National Park Visitor Centre

Yoho

  • Online reservations for Yoho National Park’s backcountry camping open on March 1, 2018.
  • Telephone: 250-343-6783 (seasonal)
  • Email: yoho.info@pc.gc.ca
  • In person at a Yoho National Park Visitor Centre

Provincial Park Backcountry Campground Reservations:

Three Provincial Parks require backcountry campground reservations. Hikers planning a long-distance trek through multiple parks will have to make all required campground reservations separately. 

Peter Lougheed:

  • Peter Lougheed Provincial Park backcountry campgrounds reservations are available up to 90 days in advance.
  • Telephone: 403-678-3136
  • Online – $12 per person/night + $12 reservation fee

Mount Assiniboine:

  • Starting April 10, 2018, reservations will be required during peak season (June 26 – September 30) for all overnight stays at Magog Lake and Og Lake campgrounds. Reservations can be made up to 4 months in advance of your arrival date via the BC Parks Discover Camping Reservation Service – $10 per person/night + reservation fee.

Mount Robson:

  • Beginning October 1, 2017, backcountry campgrounds on the Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park are 100% reservable from June 17 to September 17, 2018.
  • Online reservations only – $10 per person/night + $6 reservation fee
  • Permits and reservations are not required for backcountry campgrounds along the Moose River in Mount Robson Provincial Park.

All other Provincial Park backcountry campgrounds do not take reservations and have first-come first-served self-registration (free to $10 per person/night).

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