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BC Parks Day-Use Pass Reservation System

Some of our most popular parks regularly experience high visitor volumes, resulting in crowded trails and facilities, packed parking lots, impacts to park environments and wildlife, local community concerns, and safety issues.

In response to these concerns, BC Parks is piloting free day-use passes for a second year in five provincial parks: Garibaldi, Golden Ears, Mount Robson, Stawamus Chief, and Joffre Lakes Parks.

SPECIAL NOTE: Starting June 22, backcountry camping reservations for Garibaldi, Mount Assiniboine and Joffre Lakes Parks will be available for the rest of the season until October 22 (or the campground closure date, if earlier). This is to accommodate the increased demand and to allow visitors to secure these popular bookings in advance.

2021 Day-Use Pass Pilot Program

As of June 23, 2021, free day-use passes will be required to visit five of our busiest parks. Passes are available to book starting at 7am, one day in advance of your planned visit. Day-use pass reservations open on June 22, 2021 for booking trips on June 23, 2021. Passes are not required when the system launches for visits on June 22.


Day-Pass Types

Type Passes Required Pass Maximums
Vehicle Pass 1 pass required per vehicle

Maximum of 8 people (adult or child) per vehicle.
Maximum of one vehicle pass can be booked per account, per day.

(For example, for 4 people to visit Berg Lake trail, all 4 people are included in the same vehicle pass.)

Person Pass 1 pass required per person

Maximum of 4 people can be booked per account per day.

Passes are not required for individuals aged 18 or younger when accompanied by a parent or guardian with a valid day pass.

(For example, for 4 adults over the age of 18 travelling together to visit Joffre Lakes, each of the 4 people will need their own pass. These 4 passes can all be booked through the same account by one person.)

 

Day-Pass Arrival Times

Time Arrival
AM/PM AM pass allows for arrival before 1pm. PM pass allows for arrival after 1pm. Departure times are not restricted based on the type of pass purchased. Passes only restrict arrival times.
All Day Allows for arrival any time of day. Departure times are not restricted based on the type of pass purchased. Passes only restrict arrival times.

SPECIAL NOTE: Day-use passes are not required for evening visits, which is after 4pm at Garibaldi, Golden Ears, Mount Robson, after 6pm at Stawamus Chief, or after 7pm at Joffre Lakes.

 

Parks Requiring a Day-Pass

More information on participating parks, and pass types available are listed below.

Park Name Trail or Trailhead Pass required Timing Overnight stays
Garibaldi Diamond Head (Elfin Lakes) and Rubble Creek (Garibaldi Lake) Vehicle – Maximum of 8 people per vehicle. ALL DAY – Allows for arrival any time of the day. Day-use pass not required for overnight campers – a camping reservation is required and must be carried at all times.
Cheakamus Vehicle – Maximum of 8 people per vehicle. AM/PM – AM pass requires an arrival before 1pm. PM pass requires an arrival after 1pm.
Golden Ears Alouette Lake Boat Launch Parking Vehicle – Maximum of 8 people per vehicle. ALL DAY – Allows for arrival any time of the day. Day-use pass not required for overnight campers. For backcountry campers a backcountry camping permit is required.
Alouette Lake South Beach Day-Use Parking Lot, East and West Canyon Trailhead Parking Lot (including Lower Falls Trail and Gold Creek). Vehicle – Maximum of 8 people per vehicle. AM/PM – AM pass requires an arrival before 1pm. PM pass requires an arrival after 1pm.
Joffre Lakes Joffre Lakes Person – One pass per person with a maximum of 4 people per booking. ALL DAY – Allows for arrival any time of the day. Day-use pass not required for overnight campers – a camping reservation is required and must be carried at all times.
Mount Robson Berg Lake Trail Vehicle – Maximum of 8 people per vehicle. AM/PM – AM pass requires an arrival before 1pm. PM pass requires an arrival after 1pm. Day-use pass not required for overnight campers including frontcountry campers. A valid Berg Lake Trail or Mount Robson frontcountry campground reservation is required and the permit must be carried at all times.
Stawamus Chief Chief Peaks Trail (also called the Backside Trail), Sea to Summit Trail Person – One pass per person with a maximum of 4 people per booking. AM/PM – AM pass requires an arrival before 1pm. PM pass requires an arrival after 1pm. Overnight campers at Stawamus Chief Campground must have reserved a day-use pass for date of entry.



More About Day-Use Passes

  • Day-use passes can only be reserved online through Discover Camping and cannot be reserved through the call centre. By distributing passes through a single portal, we can ensure daily visitation numbers are manageable and create a safer, less crowded environment for park visitors.
  • Mobile network connectivity at the park may be limited; make sure to print out or download the pass on your mobile device in advance of your visit. A copy of the pass must be carried at all times while within the park.
  • If you don’t have internet access, have a friend, a neighbour, or someone else in your hiking party help you obtain a pass.
  • Passes do not guarantee a parking spot.
  • Follow in-park signage and have your pass available while in the park and on the trail.
  • More about how we determined the number of day-use passes available every day.

Preparing for Your Trip

AdventureSmart LogoWhen visiting the great outdoors make sure to:

  • Plan ahead. Download and use the AdventureSmart trip planning app.
  • Do your research and pack the essentials. Nature is unpredictable, so it’s good to be prepared for anything.
  • Make a trip plan and tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.
  • Pack out all garbage, recyclables, and organics. Organic matter can attract wildlife.
  • More about Responsible Recreation and Visitor Safety

2020 Day-Use Pass Pilot Project Survey Results

In April 2021, BC Parks reached out to ~75,000 Discover Camping account holders who secured a day pass in the summer of 2020, as part of the review of our pilot program. We are pleased that over 11,000 visitors made their voices heard and provided us feedback on this survey. A detailed summary of the survey results can be found below:

Day-Pass Pilot Project Survey Results [PDF]

As BC Parks moves forward into any future iterations of day-use passes in our provincial parks, this feedback will continue to help guide and inform our decision making. British Columbians care about our parks, and we want to ensure we continue to provide safe and sustainable recreational access in a way that also aligns with the ecological carrying capacity of our great outdoors.