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Discover Camping Reservation System at Garibaldi Provincial Park

Reservations will be required for Garibaldi Park’s busiest campgrounds, (Garibaldi Lake, Taylor Meadows, Helm Creek, Cheakamus Lake, Singing Creek and Elfin Lakes campgrounds) during the peak season (June 29 through October 17, 2017) and year-round for Elfin Lakes Shelter.

Reservations will be available on a 4-month rolling window, starting on January 2, 2017.

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Why do I need a reservation at Garibaldi Park?

In recent years the demand for recreation and accommodation in the Sea to Sky corridor has increased significantly.

BC Parks has decided to implement a reservation system as a means to improve visitor experience and better protect park values, including the natural environment. This will ensure that campers can be accommodated and that camping is within the carrying capacity of the park and its facilities. Reservations will also provide campers peace of mind knowing that they can plan ahead for their camping trips within Garibaldi Park.

When and where do I require a reservation at Garibaldi Park?

Reservations are required for Elfin Lakes Shelter and the following campgrounds: Garibaldi Lake, Taylor Meadows, Helm Creek, Cheakamus Lake, Singing Creek and Elfin Lakes (please see table below):

Reservable dates and areas of Garibaldi Park:

Campground/Area Name Inventory Reservable Dates
Garibaldi Lake 50 tent pads June 29 – Oct 17, 2017
Taylor Meadows 44 tent pads June 29 – Oct 17, 2017
Helm Creek 30 tent pads June 29 – Oct 17, 2017
Cheakamus Lake 10 tent pads June 29 – Oct 17, 2017
Singing Creek 7 tent pads June 29 – Oct 17, 2017
Elfin Lakes 35 tent pads June 29 – Oct 17, 2017
Elfin Lakes Shelter 33 bunk spots Year Round

For instructions on how to reserve see “How do I make a reservation or purchase a backcountry camping permit for Garibaldi Park?” below and follow the steps.

When and where is a reservation not required?

The following campgrounds require Garibaldi campers to pre-purchase a backcountry camping permit, via the Discover Camping reservation service and are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis (FCFS). No reservation is required. Site availability is not guaranteed. No reservation charges apply.

Year round:

  • Russet Lake Campground (Singing Pass Area)
  • Rampart Ponds Campground (Diamond Head Area)
  • Wedgemount Lake Campground

During non-peak season (October 18, 2017 to the last week of June (date to be determined), 2018):

  • Garibaldi Lake Campground
  • Taylor Meadows Campground
  • Helm Creek Campground
  • Cheakamus Lake Campground
  • Singing Creek Campground
  • Elfin Lakes Campground

For instructions on how to pre-pay backcountry camping permits see “How do I make a reservation or purchase a backcountry camping permit for Garibaldi Park?” below and follow the steps to make a booking for your camping permit (note: reservation charges will not apply during non-peak season).

What do reservations and permits cost?

Backcountry Camping Permits (apply to all areas of Garibaldi Park):

$10.00 per person / night (persons 16 years of age and older)

$5.00 per child / night (persons 6 - 15 years of age)

Elfin Shelter Fee (includes permit): $15.00 per adult / night (16 years of age and older)

Elfin Shelter Fee (includes permit): $10.00 per child / night (age 6 to 15)

Children under 6 years of age are free.

Reservation service charges:

$6 per tent pad/night or per party/night for the shelter (up to 4 people) to a maximum of $18 – This is in addition to backcountry camping fees.

If using the Call Centre service, an additional $5 surcharge applies.

How far in advance can I make reservations?

You can make a reservation or pre-purchase a permit up to 4 months in advance of your arrival date and all permits must be purchased BEFORE 5PM on your arrival date. If you do not purchase before 5pm the day of arrival, you will not be allowed to camp (there are no self-registration options in the park).

How do reservations work for the Elfin Lakes Shelter?

Reservations are required for the Elfin Lakes Shelter year-round.

The Elfin Lakes Shelter has bunk-style sleeping accommodations for up to 33 people. There are double bunks and single bunks. While a reservation guarantees a spot, it is not a bunk-specific reservation. BC Parks suggests that single occupants leave the double bunks for couples as the shelter fills, and note that occupants may be required to share a double bunk with other visitors.

Important:

When making a reservation for Elfin Lakes Shelter, you must select “tent pad” in order to reserve your camping party. Select one “tent pad” per party of up to 4 people. The reservation service will ensure there is a bunk available for each person. See detailed instructions below.

How do I make a reservation or pre-purchase a camping permit for Garibaldi Park?

There are 2 ways to make a reservation or to pre-purchase your camping permit:

  • Online-24 hours once the inventory is available for booking
    (For mobile devices, scroll to bottom of page and click “Switch to Full Site”)
  • Via the Call Centre (an additional $5 surcharge applies): 1-800-689-9025 (toll free Canada) +1-519-826-6850 (International)
    Monday–Friday 7:00 am-7:00 pm
    Saturday-Sunday & holidays 7:00 am-7:00 pm

Please note that most backcountry trailheads do not have cell coverage (or wi-fi). Pre-purchase your permit before you arrive at the trailhead!

Detailed steps:

  • Step One: Pick “Backcountry Garibaldi” for booking overnight stays in Garibaldi Park.
  • Pick your arrival date.
  • Pick your park campground.
  • Pick your party size and then select “on a Map”, “In a List” or “On a Calendar”

Read the pop up message and click “OK”.

The information you entered so far should be pre-populated.

  • Choose the number of tent pads your party requires (each tent pad can fit a maximum of 4 people and measures 10’ X 10’ total).
  • For Elfin Shelter choose one “tent pad” per party (up to 4 people).
  • Choose your itinerary for each night.
  • Click “reserve” (even when reservations are not required).
  • (If applicable) read and click the box to indicate you understood the pop-up message.
  • Double check the information is correct.
  • If you are a returning customer, log in, if you are a new customer, create an account.
  • Read and click to accept the messages.
  • Fill in the permit holder and camping party information.
  • Pay for your reservation and / or the applicable overnight Camping Fees with your credit card. Reservation charges will apply during periods reservations are required.
Summary table of Garibaldi Campgrounds/Shelter: Important Dates and Information
Campground/Area Name Dates Permit vs. Reservation Reservation vs. FCFS Service Charge

Garibaldi Lake

June 29 – October 17

Reservation Required

Guaranteed a site

$6.00 - $18.00*

Garibaldi Lake

Oct 18– last week of June

Permit Required

First Come, First Served

No charge

Taylor Meadows

June 29 – October 17

Reservation Required

Guaranteed a site

$6.00 - $18.00*

Taylor Meadows

Oct 18 – last week of June

Permit Required

First Come, First Served

No charge

Elfin Lakes

June 29 – October 17

Reservation Required

Guaranteed a site

$6.00 - $18.00*

Elfin Lakes

Oct 18 – last week of June

Permit Required

First Come, First Served

No charge

Elfin Lakes Shelter

Year Round

Reservation Required

Guaranteed a bunk

$6.00 - $18.00*

Helm Creek

June 29 – October 17

Reservation Required

Guaranteed a site

$6.00 - $18.00*

Helm Creek

Oct 18 – last week of June

Permit Required

First Come, First Served

No charge

Cheakamus Lake

June 29 – October 17

Reservation Required

Guaranteed a site

$6.00 - $18.00*

Cheakamus Lake

Oct 18 – last week of June

Permit Required

First Come, First Served

No charge

Singing Creek

June 29 – October 17

Reservation Required

Guaranteed a site

$6.00 - $18.00*

Singing Creek

Oct 18 – last week of June

Permit Required

First Come, First Served

No charge

Russet Lake

Year Round

Permit Required

First Come, First Served

No charge

Rampart Ponds

Year Round

Permit Required

First Come, First Served

No charge

Wedgemount lake

Year Round

Permit Required

First Come, First Served

No charge

*Reservation service charges: $6 per tent pad/night or per party/night for the shelter (up to 4 people) to a maximum of $18.
  This is in addition to backcountry camping fees. If using the Call Centre service, an additional $5 surcharge applies.

Helpful hints:
  • For mobile devices, scroll to bottom of page and click “Switch to Full Site”
  • For Elfin Lakes Shelter, you must select “Backcountry Garibaldi”, then the "Elfin Shelter" site, then select “tent pad”. Up to four people can reserve on one “tent pad” and each person will have access to one spot in the shelter on which to sleep.
  • You can search by “Map, Availability List or Calendar” to help you plan your itinerary.
  • Click on the green “stars” on the map for more information about each camping location.
  • Reservation policies specific to Garibaldi Park can be found here: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/reserve/reserveGaribaldi.html
Do I need to show the permit to anyone?

Yes – you will be asked by a Park Ranger to produce proof of your permit. Make sure you carry your copy of the reservation and permit (digital or printed copy) with you to the park.

You will also need to display a second copy of your permit on your campsite post or bunk. It is helpful to bring a re-sealable plastic bag for this purpose.

Please note that failure to provide a permit is an offence and is subject to eviction from the park and possible fines.

Can I reserve a specific campsite?

For reservations: Your reservation guarantees a place for all members of your party to stay, but not a specific tent pad or bunk (Elfin Lakes Shelter). For example, you are guaranteed a tent pad at Garibaldi Lake campground but you cannot reserve “tent pad #3”.

For all other areas and Non-Peak periods: Your permit allows you to camp in backcountry areas but does not guarantee that a site will be available. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can I get a refund?

For reservations: A refund may be available depending on the circumstances. For details on refunds, to find out if you are eligible, and to request a refund, please refer to the guidelines on the BC Parks website: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/reserve/dc_refund_guidelines.html

For non-reservable areas and Registration Permits: No refunds are available - purchases are final and are non-refundable.

Where does the money go?

Park User (camping) fees help pay for providing and maintaining park recreation services, such as trails, park roads (snow removal), and reservation charges pay for the reservation service so it is not subsidized by taxpayers.

Where can I find more information about a specific park?

www.bcparks.ca – look up the individual parks website (look for “Find a Park” in the upper right corner).