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. Outside of National and Provincial Parks, permits and reservations are not required on the GDT.
National Park Backcountry Campground Reservations
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 $69.19 or One Day Discovery Pass $10.00 (reduced rate for seniors and youth 17 and under are free)
National Park Backcountry Permit: Covers backcountry camping in National Parks – $10.02 per night
National Park Backcountry Permits require a reservation for all National Park backcountry campgrounds to be used on your trip, and are subject to campground availability. National Park backcountry campground reservations cost $11.50 (one time fee in addition to Backcountry Permit fees). All national parks along the GDT now accept online reservations (reservation.pc.gc.ca) with the exception of Waterton Lakes National Park. Thru-hikers planning a long-distance trek through multiple national parks are recommended to reserve campgrounds online where available and then if necessary, call each applicable national park office to complete other required campground reservations, including random camping locations, and get any duplicate reservation fees reimbursed. Click here for detailed instructions on how to use the Parks Canada Online Reservation Service.
Random camping is allowed in the following sections of the GDT within National Parks but a Backcountry Permit (random camping permit) is still required: Amiskwi valley in Yoho; Howse Pass Trail and Owen Creek in Banff; Miette River Trail, Colonel Pass, Calumet, Six-Passes Alternate and Elysium Pass Alternate in Jasper. You must call a national park visitor centre directly in order to obtain a random camping permit as they are not available online.
For changes en-route, visit a national park visitor centre to revise your Backcountry Permits. For more information, check out the Parks Canada website.
- Online reservations for Banff National Park’s backcountry camping opened on April 16, 2021 at 8:00am MDT. (You might have to click this link twice)
- Telephone: 403-762-1556
- Email: email@example.com
- In person at a Banff National Park Visitor Centre
- Online reservations for Jasper National Park’s backcountry camping opened on April 16, 2021 at 8:00am MDT. (You might have to click this link twice)
- Telephone: 780-852-6177; press 2 (not 1) to reach someone in Jasper
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- In person at a Jasper National Park Visitor Centre
- Online reservations for Kootenay National Park’s backcountry camping opened on April 16, 2021 at 8:00am MDT. (You might have to click this link twice)
- Telephone: 250-347-9505 (seasonal April-October); In the off season contact the Lake Louise Visitor Centre at 403-522-1264
- Email: email@example.com
- In person at a Kootenay National Park Visitor Centre
- Reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance
- Telephone: 403-859-5133
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- In person at a Waterton Lakes National Park Visitor Centre
- Online reservations for Yoho National Park’s backcountry camping opened on April 16, 2021 at 8:00am MDT. (You might have to click this link twice)
- Telephone: 250-343-6783 (seasonal April-October); In the off season contact the Lake Louise Visitor Centre at 403-522-1264
- Email: email@example.com
- 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.
- Backcountry campgrounds reservations are available up to 90 days in advance online, or in person at the Peter Lougheed Visitor Information Centre – $12 per person/night + $12 reservation fee.
- Telephone: 1-877-537-2757
- Reservations are required during peak season (June 26 – September 30) for all overnight stays at Magog Lake and Og Lake campgrounds. All other campgrounds in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park are first-come first-served.
- Reservations can be made up to 2 months in advance of your arrival date via the BC Parks Discover Camping Reservation Service – $10 per person/night + $6 reservation fee.
- Reservations for the entire 2021 hiking season opened on March 1, 2021. All backcountry campgrounds on the Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park are 100% reservable from June 1 to September 30, 2021.
- Online reservations only – $10 per person/night + $6 reservation fee.
- Permits and reservations are not required for backcountry campgrounds on the Moose River Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park.
All other Provincial Park backcountry campgrounds do not take reservations and have first-come first-served self-registration ranging from free to $10 per person/night. For a list of campgrounds on the GDT check out our Campgrounds page.