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Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park

Important Notice Attention Visitors – Important Notice! Show/hide public advisories

  • Updates on conditions in the backcountry

    Please note that, due to an excessive number of public inquiries, BC Parks Regional staff are unable to effectively respond or return every phone inquiry received concerning this park. Please appreciate that our staff are not able to assess the conditions in the backcountry on a regular basis in the winter/spring, nor are we able to predict or provide weather or current snowpack conditions. Facility and trail conditions are updated on our website as soon as we have new information to post. For information on historic weather conditions in these or other areas, please see Environment Canada: Historical Climate Data.

    The most common questions about the park are answered on the parks' web pages; BC Parks recommends that visitors review this information prior to visiting. If you have an inquiry that isn’t answered on our web pages, please submit your questions or concerns online. We appreciate your cooperation.

  • Simpson River Suspension Bridge

    A new bridge has been installed 200m upstream from the original bridge across the Simpson River to support access to the Surprize Creek Cabin and Rock Lake Campground. Please note ‐ A portion of the Simpson Trail has been rerouted North to the new bridge location.

  • Rock Lake Campground Closed

    All trails impacted by the 2017 Verdant Creek fire have had inspection and clearing completed. The trails are now open but expect sections of burned boardwalk, and fire damaged trees down across the trail (significant numbers of trees are failing naturally, after clearing has occurred) on the Lower Simpson Trail between the Kootenay National Park boundary and Surprize Cabin, and along the length of the Surprize Creek trail from Surprize Cabin to Ferro Pass. Rock Lake Campground in the Surprise Valley will remain closed until it can be rebuilt. All remaining Verdant fire damage repairs are currently planned to take place in summer 2019. All other areas of Mount Assiniboine Park are open for public use.

  • CAUTION – Hazards due to wildfire damage

    Please be advised that there are significant risks associated with entering areas that have been burnt over by the 2017 wildfires.

    Potential risks could include:

    • danger trees and overhead hazards – the integrity of trees whose trunks, roots or branches have been damaged by wildfire is unreliable
    • terrain instability resulting in landslides and falling or shifting debris and rock
    • amplified runoff after rainfall or snowmelt which could result in a rapid increase of water course depth and flow rates or flooding conditions
    • ash pits – may be deep and difficult to see
    • respiratory effects caused by breathing soot and charcoal for extended periods of time

    Post-wildfire hazards may last for several years or longer after a wildfire and may be triggered at any time with little or no warning.

  • Reservations required during peak season

    New for 2018: Starting April 10, 2018, reservations will be required during peak season (June 26 – September 30) for all overnight stays in the core area of Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park – at Magog Lake and Og Lake campgrounds. Reservations can be made up to 4 months in advance of your arrival date via our Discover Camping Reservation Service.

About This Park

Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is a magnificent place of shimmering lakes, glistening glaciers, sky scraping peaks and sun-dappled alpine meadows. World renowned Mount Assiniboine, at an elevation of 3,618 metres, is situated along the continental divide near the south east corner of the park and has defined mountain splendour in the Canadian Rockies for over 100 years.

No roads penetrate this unspoiled wilderness, with trails providing the only land access. Camping, hiking, mountain climbing and viewing spectacular mountain scenery are the main activities here, as well as fishing, horseback riding, and ski touring in winter.

Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Check out the webcam at Assiniboine Lodge facing Magog Lake, Mount Assiniboine, Mount Magog and Naiset Peak.

Established Date: February 6, 1922
Park Size: 39,013 hectares

Know Before You Go

  • Trail Report [PDF] (October 18, 2019)
    Please note: Trail reports updated regularly June-August as trails melt out.

Visitor Safety

Persons visiting Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park are reminded that the park is a wilderness area, without supplies or equipment of any kind. All arrangements for supplies and transportation must be made beforehand.

All park visitors should wear strong waterproofed, lug-soled boots and carry a daypack with raingear, extra warm clothing and food. Weather conditions can change suddenly in this area and lightning storms with hail and snow are common in summer. For overnight trips a sleeping bag, ground pad, waterproof tent or bivouac bag and lightweight stove are essential.

Only experienced climbers practiced in crevasse rescue and properly roped should venture onto snowfields and glaciers.

Winter visitors to the park should always ski with a partner. It is recommended that winter visitors be familiar with standards of avalanche safety.

Reservations

Please Note: Campsite reservations are only accepted at Og Lake and Magog Lake campgrounds during peak season (June 26 – September 30).

During the non-peak season (October 1 – June 25) camping permits for these campgrounds must still be purchased via the Discover Camping Reservation System, although reservation transaction charges are waived. There is no cash payment accepted in the park for reservations. There are also self-registration stations at the Lake Magog and Og Lake campgrounds where payment can be made with cash for permits during non-peak season (October 1 – June 25).

There are no registration or camping fees for camping in any other campground in the park (including Porcupine).

Group Camp/Picnic Reservations

A group campsite can be prebooked at O’Brien Meadows for groups of 15 – 25 people. Contact the Assiniboine Lodge reservations office.

Naiset Huts and the Hind Hut Reservations

Visitors can make reservations for the Naiset Huts and the Hind Hut through the Assiniboine Lodge. Phone: 403 678-2883 or fax 403 678-4877. Reservations for the Naiset Cabins are recommended in the summer and are mandatory in the winter. The Naiset Cabins are $20 per night per person. There is a non-refundable reservation fee of $5.00 per night to a maximum of $15.00 for three nights or more per reservation. For campers who wish to stay at these huts on a first-come, first-served basis, we recommend you bring a tent in case they are full.

Banff National Park

Banff National Park offers several campgrounds and a primitive sleeping shelter along Bryant Creek for backcountry visitors on their way to Mount Assiniboine via the Bryant Creek, Brewster Creek or Sunshine Meadows/Citadel Pass trails. Visitors staying in the Bryant Creek Shelter or camping in Banff National Park are required to have a backcountry permit and all other necessary permits before they start their trip. Visitors can reserve a backcountry permit and obtain up to date trail information for Banff National Park at 403 762-1556. Trail reports and detailed backcountry trip planning information for Banff are also available on the Banff National Park website at www.pc.gc.ca/banff.

Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is located west of the British Columbia-Alberta border 48 km southwest of Banff. The park is roughly triangular in shape. The apex of this triangle is at the junction of the boundaries of Banff National Park, which forms the eastern boundary, and Kootenay National Park, which marks the boundary to the west. The southern boundary follows the height of land above Daer Creek and Extension Creek from Kootenay National Park to the Mitchell River, then easterly to Banff National Park and the Continental Divide. The most popular hiking trails to the core area of the park start from Kootenay National Park to the west, and from Spray Lakes via Bryant Creek (Banff National Park) located south of Canmore, from Sunshine Meadows west of the Banff townsite, in Banff National Park, Alberta.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Activities Available at this Park

Climbing / Rapelling

Climbing

Mount Assiniboine itself is a world-class mountaineering destination, and several neighbouring peaks, faces and ridges are worthwhile challenges as well.

Update 2015: Rappel stations upgraded
The rappel stations on the Classic Mount Assiniboine North Ridge Route were upgraded to permanent fixed (2 bolt + chain) anchors by our partners in public safety, Parks Canada (Visitor Safety Program).

Fishing

Fishing

Angling in the glacial lakes and waterways of Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is unpredictable. Rock Isle, Larix and Grizzly Lakes are closed to angling. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

Hiking is a popular pastime in Mount Assiniboine Provincial 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. Here is hiking information and trails into the core area of Mount Assiniboine. Please check the above Attention Visitors messages for trail bulletins.
  • Trail Report [PDF] (October 18, 2019)
    Please note: Trail reports updated regularly June-August as trails melt out.
Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

If planning to horseback ride in the park, we recommend you read the Mount Assiniboine Horse Use Policy [PDF] and view/print the Horse Trail Map [PDF]. As horseback riders are required to obtain and carry with them a letter of permission from BC Parks please use our online form to generate/print your letter of permission no less than 7 days before entering the park. More specific information on using horses in the park can be obtained by contacting the Kootenay BC Parks office at 250 489-8540.

Please note that there is no horse access to Assiniboine Lodge, the Naiset Cabins, Wonder Pass, or Citadel Pass.

Hunting

Hunting

Mount Assiniboine is open to hunting. Limited Entry hunting for BC residents; two guide-outfitter operations for non-residents. No hunting in the core area. Please refer to the British Columbia Hunting Regulations for more information.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing available at this park.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

World class cross country skiing and ski touring. For Lodge or Naiset cabin information, see the information under cabins, yurts and lodges.

Facilities Available at this Park

Cabins / Huts

Cabins / Huts

There are a number of rustic cabins located in the more outlying areas of Mount Assiniboine Park.

Rustic public cabins are located at the Surprise Creek/Simpson River confluence, Police Meadows, and along the Mitchell River approximately 6km upstream of the park boundary. There are no registration or cabin fees charged to stay in these cabins, and use is first-come, first-served; tents are recommended in case the cabins are occupied. Note that the Police Meadows and Mitchell River cabins are not available for public use during the fall hunting season.

The Naiset huts/cabins and R.C. Hind hut located in the core area of Mount Assiniboine are open to the public and can be reserved through Assiniboine Lodge or are available on a first-come first-served basis. Reservations for the Naiset Cabins are recommended in the summer and are mandatory in the winter. There is a non-refundable reservation fee of $5.00 per night to a maximum of $15.00 for three nights or more per reservation. For campers who wish to stay at these huts on a first-come, first-served basis, we recommend you bring a tent in case they are full.

Cabin Use Fee: $20.00 per person / night
Cabin Use Fee: $50.00 per family / night

Group Camping

Group Camping

There is a group campground at O’Brien’s Meadows that can accomodate 15 to 25 people. Minimum number of 15 people required to book this campsite. This campground has food storage lockers and there is a creek nearby for water. Open fires are prohibited.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park only has pit toilets located at each designated campsite; there are no flush toilets.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

There are approximately 75 wilderness, walk-in campsites in this park. During the peak season (June 26 – September 30), campsites at Og Lake and Magog Lake campgrounds are reservable through the Discover Camping Reservation Service. During the summer and winter months, visitors can make reservations for the Hind Hut and Naiset Huts by contacting Assiniboine Lodge. Campsites available are: Magog Lake and Og Lake in the core area of the Park, Porcupine Camp near Citadel Pass, Mitchell Meadows and Rock Lake near Ferro Pass.

Backcountry fees are collected year-round at Magog Lake and Og Lake campgrounds and MUST be reserved during peak season (June 26 – September 30). There are no registration or camping fees for camping in any other campground in the park (including Porcupine). A group campsite is also available at O’Brien meadows near Assiniboine Pass for groups of 15 or more.

When toilets are not available, bury human waste at least six inches in soil and 30 metres from water. Register a trip itinerary with friends, check in and check out. When practical, use established, impacted campsites; otherwise practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.

BC Parks’ Discover Camping Reservation Service  allows you to reserve a campsite at Og Lake and Magog Lake campgrounds during peak season (June 26 – September 30). During the non-peak season (October 1 –n June 25) camping permits for these campgrounds must still be purchased via the Discover Camping reservation system, although reservation transaction charges are waived. There is no cash payment accepted in the park.

Make A Reservation
Backcountry Camping Fee: $10.00 per person / night (persons 16 years of age and older)
Backcountry Camping Fee: $5.00 per child / night (persons 6 - 15 years of age)