Camping in Glacier National Park, BC

by - Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Located about half an hour east of Revelstoke, Glacier National Park has several beautiful campgrounds. Loop Brook and Illecillewaet are the most accessible and offer the most amenities. Just off of the TransCanada Highway, they are more peaceful than you would imagine, with ancient trees all around. In addition to gorgeous scenery, the area boasts a rich history. During your stay, you may observe railway relics such as trestles, hotel ruins (the Glacier House site), and the original Canadian Pacific Railway lines. It's not every day that you get to camp in a National Historic Site! 



Loop Brook Campground, Glacier National Park (open until Labour Day)

The lush interior rainforest and old railway trestles at Loop Brook Campground are beautiful to behold. While it isn't possible to reserve a spot in this campground, you can usually get a spot, even on the weekend. If there isn't space, try Illecillewaet just a few kilometres away. With three times as many spots, you are bound to get something! 

Sites are shaded and private, firewood is available, and there are cook shelters, flush toilets and a dishwashing sink. While it is not a tent-only campground, most sites are not large enough to accommodate a large trailer or RV. 

Amenities
  • Water: yes
  • Power: no
  • Showers: no


Special Notes: A National Parks Pass is required to stay here. Additionally, you must purchase a fire permit if you would like to have a fire. Firewood is available at the campground. 


Old railway trestles on the Loop Brook Trail!

Illecillewaet Campground, Glacier National Park (open until late September)

This campground has a similar look and feel as Loop Brook but is bigger (60 sites vs. 20) and provides access to more hiking trails. It is also first come, first served, but we have always been able to get a spot here or at Loop Brook (3 times in 2 years).

Sites are shaded and private, firewood is available, and there are cook shelters, flush toilets and a dishwashing sink. While it is not a tent-only campground, most sites are not large enough to accommodate a large trailer or RV. 

Amenities
  • Water: yes
  • Power: no
  • Showers: no


Special Notes: A National Parks Pass is required to stay here. Additionally, you must purchase a fire permit if you would like to have a fire. Firewood is available at the campground. 


Big POG at the Loop Brook Cooking Shelter

Activities in the Park

Hiking

  • Short hikes for children include Loop Brook Trail (1.6 km), Hemlock Grove Boardwalk (400 m) or Glacier House Trail (500 m offshoot from 1885 Trail).
  • Balu Pass (6.4 km one way) leaves from Rogers Pass Information Centre and quickly takes you through interior rainforest to unique alpine scenery. The vegetation is quite different from what you see around Banff, for example. 
  • Several half and full day hikes leave from the day use area adjacent to Illecillewaet campground. These hikes often require hikers to be in groups of 4 due to bear activity. Check with Parks staff for trail reports and advisories before you head out.
Hemlock Grove Boardwalk Trail
Balu Pass Trail, Glacier National Park

Interpretive Centres

  • Rogers Pass Discovery Centre: Your Parks Pass gets you free entry to the Discovery Centre. Learn about the area's railway history. Children can participate in the Parks Canada Xplorers Program to earn a certificate and prize!
  • Craigellachie - The Last Spike: This is where the railway was completed in 1885. Check out the interpretive centre and monument, then have a snack at the picnic area. 
Rogers Pass Discovery Centre Ticket &
Parks Canada Xplorers Program Booklet

For more information on visiting Glacier National Park, please see this post. 

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2 comments

  1. This is not Glacier Park. This is Waterton park in Canada. Passport required. US park pass is of no value in Canada. You need Waterton pass.

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  2. It's most definitely Glacier National Park... in British Columbia! It's located near Revelstoke. :) Worth a visit if you're ever that way.

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