Core area: Quiniscoe Lake, Lake of the Woods, and Pyramid Lake
Refer to Core Area map [PDF]
Camping within the park’s core area is restricted to designated sites near Lake of the Woods, Pyramid Lake, and Quiniscoe Lake. All sites are first come, first served. Sites are usually accessible from June to September.
To reduce the visitor impact on the park, please view the following camping ethics.
Quiniscoe Lake has 30 sites designated by number posts.
The sites are spread out along the southern shore of the lake amongst Engelmann spruce, Lyall’s larch, and sub-alpine fir. Boulders and rock outcroppings are strewn about the area, evidence of the area’s glacial history.
The sites feature framed earth tent pads to minimize the impacts of camping by keeping people in designated areas. The sites are grouped together in clusters of three or four in order to share the 12 picnic tables and 13 fire rings. There are four pit toilets in the campground, one is near the lodge access road, a second is behind the ranger cabin between sites 4 and 7 and the other two are further along the lake beside the trail to sites 21 to 25.
A firewood corral is located near the lodge access road approximately 100 metres from the campsites. Campers are reminded to conserve firewood.
There are four wire mesh food caches on the ground to protect supplies from rodents and birds. They are not bear proof.
Lake of the Woods has 28 sites with framed earth tent pads along the northeast shore of the lake amidst smaller fir and larch trees. As a result, the sites are more open and less shaded than at Quiniscoe. The terrain is similarly rocky.
This is a more rustic campground with two pit toilets and no tables or fire rings. Fires are prohibited.
The location of the sites affords spectacular views of Lakeview, Pyramid and Quiniscoe Mountains, as well the jagged peaks of Grimface Mountain, the Macabre Tower, and the Boxcar. There are no food caches available at this campground.
Pyramid Lake is the smallest and quietest of the campgrounds with 12 sites.
The lake is nestled between the two sloping flanks Pyramid Mountain. The sites are in a thicker forest of large spruce similar to Quiniscoe. Some of the sites are located on a point overlooking the lake. The sites have framed earth tent pads but no tables or fire rings. There are two pit toilets and two wire mesh food caches.
Registration and fees
Backcountry fees are collected year-round.
- $10 per adult (16+) per night
- $5 per youth (6–15) per night
For Lake of the Woods and Quiniscoe Lake only, payment can be made online up to two weeks prior to your arrival through the BC Parks reservations service. Although the system does not reserve a campsite, the system provides visitors the convenience of prepaying for their trip and not having to carry cash. We encourage all visitors to register online so we can reduce the need to collect fees in the field.
There is an information shelter between the private lodge and the ranger cabin. Self-registration envelopes and a metal vault are available here for onsite payments. Upon arrival, campers should fill out the registration form and deposit their fee in the vault. This is for all three camping areas.