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Wilderness camping

Wilderness camping is allowed in the park. When toilets are not available, bury human waste at least six inches in soil and 30 metres from water. To ensure drinking water is safe, it must be boiled for at least five minutes. 

Register a trip itinerary with friends, then check in and check out. When practical, use impacted campsites, otherwise practice "Leave no trace" camping ethics. If you have a fire, build it on rocks or remove sod, have fire, then replace sod.


Fires are allowed, however visitors should check with the Forest Service or at the park trailheads, to see if fires bans are in effect. For this backcountry area, use dead trees on the ground as wood supply for fires. At traditional campsites, use established fire rings. In pristine areas, build fires on rocks or dig a hole, scatter the fire remnants and replace the sod ring when you move on. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping.

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There are hiking areas at this park. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.

Fishing opportunities exist in Spade Lake and the lower reaches of White Creek, accessed via the White Creek Forest Service Road (FSR), motorized use is not allowed in the park. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Pets on leash

Dogs in backcountry parks must be under control at all times. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.


Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.

Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within St. Mary’s Alpine Park. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted. The only exception to this policy will be for authorized and identified trail maintenance bikes conducting work on behalf of BC Parks.

Climbing in the park is remote and offers many opportunities for well equipped and experienced parties.

Hunting is allowed in the park during hunting season. Hunters must have valid licences and tags. Please refer to the current Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis publication for closures and regulations.

Winter recreation

There are winter recreation opportunities for extended backcountry ski touring. Snow machines and aircraft are not allowed in St. Mary’s Alpine Park.