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Park Contact

For information concerning the frontcountry campgrounds (Robson Meadows, Robson River, Lucerne) only, email Quartz Contracting at mountrobson@shaw.ca

Information about Berg Lake Trail

Mount Robson Visitor Centre Hours:
May 15 to June 14:  8am to 5pm
June 15 to Labour Day:  8am to 7pm
Day after Labour Day to Thanksgiving Day:  9am to 4pm

Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Smoking is prohibited
During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin.

Mount Robson Provincial Park and Protected Area/Mount Robson Corridor Protected Area

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

  • Berg Lake Trail conditions

    The Berg Lake Trail is now snow-covered; be prepared to travel in avalanche terrain. If travelling to Kinney Lake, do not stop in avalanche paths.

  • Mount Robson Marathon

    On September 12, 2020, Mount Robson Provincial Park will be hosting the 10th Annual Mount Robson Marathon. For visitors wanting to experience the event and cheer on runners, the start and finish lines are located in front of the Mount Robson visitor center. Please note that this event will bring in over 500 participants so the park and the Berg Lake trail will be busier than normal. Thank you for your patience and support during this event.

  • Bookings for the 2020 hiking season on the Berg Lake trail start October 1, 2019.

    To avoid disappointment, book ahead through www.discovercamping.ca.

    Please be advised that 100% of the sites on the Berg Lake Trail can now be reserved. There are no first-come, first-served sites available for the Berg Lake trail during the reservable dates. If you do not have a reservation, only non-reserved sites or cancellations will be available, and it may be difficult to obtain a spot on the trail.

  • Robson River Campground expansion

    The addition of 22 new electrified sites has been completed and these sites are available for reservation. Campsites (20 to 41) offer 15, 30 and 50 amp service and Electrical Vehicle Plug-Ins: NEMA 14-50R (240V, 50 A). Please note these sites are classed as large in size and may not be suitable for extra-large (32ft +) trailers/motorhomes.

  • Trail closures due to landslide activity

    Due to landslide activity in 2018, the Mumm Basin route accessed from Robson Pass campground is only open to the posted turn-around point; beyond that, it remains closed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    The Hargreaves Lake Route and the Toboggan Falls Route have now been reopened.

About This Park


Mount Robson, today
Mount Robson today
“On every side the snowy heads of mighty hills crowded round, whilst, immediately behind us, a giant among giants, and immeasurably supreme, rose Robson’s Peak” (Milton and Cheadle, 1865)

Mount Robson Provincial Park, the second oldest park in British Columbia’s park system, is truly one of the world’s crown jewels. The mountain for which the park is named guards the park’s western entrance. At 3,954 metres, Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, towers over the lesser surrounding peaks; winter or summer, this is one of the finest views in the Rocky Mountains. Just as the early trappers, hunters and explorers felt in awe at the mountain’s magnificence, travellers today experience the same feelings.

With Alberta’s Jasper National Park as its easterly neighbour, Mount Robson Provincial Park comprises a portion of one of the world's largest blocks of protected areas. Designated as a part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990, Mount Robson provides everything from developed, vehicle-accessible camping to remote valleys that seldom see a human footprint. Mount Robson Provincial Park also protects the headwaters of the Fraser River. From its pristine alpine source, the Fraser River gains strength and size to match any of the world’s major rivers. Future genwalkerations will surely appreciate the protection of this great river’s source within Mount Robson Park.

Flora and fauna are typical of the western slope of the Rocky Mountains, North Continental Range. One is able, on some trails, to travel between three different vegetation zones during a day hike. Over 182 species of birds have been documented in the park. All wildlife indigenous in the Rocky Mountain can be found here. Mule and Whitetail Deer, Moose, Elk and Black Bear call the lower elevation home while Grizzly Bear, Caribou, Mountain Goat and Mountain Sheep inhabit the higher elevations. With over 217,000 hectares of mostly undisturbed wilderness available, wildlife populations are allowed to ebb and flow with minimal intervention by humans. There are excellent wildlife viewing opportunities throughout the park. From mountain goats on the many cliffs and rockslides to moose in Moose Marsh, the patient observer will be suitably rewarded.

First attempted in 1907, it was not until 1913 that humans finally stood on the summit of Mount Robson. On that clear, cold day guide Conrad Kain, W.W. Foster and A.H. McCarthy beheld a view no person had ever seen before.

Established Date: March 11, 1913
Total Size: 225,777 hectares (Park: 225,285 hectares; Protected Areas: 492 hectares)

For 20 years, the Mountain Legacy Project (MLP), based today in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, has been using repeat photography to examine, analyze, and understand landscape level change in the Canadian mountain west. Mt. Robson Provincial Park, with over 3 kilometres of elevation change from the valley of the Fraser River (approximately 800 m.) to the summit of Mt. Robson (3954 m), and four biogeoclimatic zones, represents a series of interconnected complex mountain ecosystems perfect for landscape level analysis. This park, with an area of roughly 2,250 kmĀ², may appear imperishable, but change is evident. Using reference photographs taken in 1911 by Arthur Wheeler, MLP teams went out in the field 100 years later to retake the images from exactly the same locations. All of the historic/modern image pairs so far completed can be seen online at explore.mountainlegacy.ca. A selected group of image pairs were further segmented into land cover classifications and analyzed for change. The results, including some interesting interactive change visualizations, are available at the Visualizing 100 Years of Landscape Change website. This work was completed in part through funding provided through the BC Parks Living Lab for Climate Change and Conservation Program.


Know Before You Go

Stay Safe

  • A number of the trails, walks and backcountry areas are in hazardous terrain. Slippery rocks, cliffs, uneven trail surfaces and fast flowing rivers and waterfalls can all be dangerous. Children should be supervised on all trails, hikes and walks in the park. Never let small children get so far ahead of you on the trail that you are unable to observe their actions or quickly respond in the event of a problem.
  • Carry a first aid kit while away from your campsite and have a good understanding of how to manage basic first aid emergencies. All staff at Mount Robson Park have first aid training and can offer assistance when required. As with animal hazards, your best protection will be preparation and knowledge.
  • Consumption of mushrooms and other natural items like berries, in addition to being illegal if picked in the park, can be hazardous to the untrained. When in doubt, don’t eat it.
  • All surface water sources should be either boiled, filtered or treated prior to use.
  • The nearest hospital is located in the Village of McBride, 90 km west of the park on Highway 16. For those camping or hiking at the east end of Mount Robson Park, the Jasper townsite hospital, 35 km east on Hwy 16 would be closest. A medical clinic is located in the Village of Valemount, 35 km south west of the park on Highway 5.

Conditions

Special Notes

  • Public telephones are available at the Visitor Centre and at the gas station nearby. There is also WiFi at the Visitor Center. Cell service is not available within Mount Robson Provincial Park.
  • Licenced motor vehicles including motorcycles, trail bikes and similar vehicles are restricted to vehicle roads and parking areas. Please keep vehicles and equipment on camp pad and driveways. Damage can be done by careless vehicle parking or equipment location. Unlicenced vehicles are prohibited in Provincial Parks. All terrain vehicles and snowmobiles are not permitted in the park except with special permission.

Reservations

Berg Lake Trail

Starting October 1, reservations for the following season are available for the Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park and must be made online. To meet demand for this world class destination, the Berg Lake Trail is 100% reservable.

Campsite Reservations

Accepted at Robson Meadows, Robson River and Lucerne. First-come, first-served sites are also available.

Group Campsite Reservations

Accepted at Robson Meadows

Make A Reservation

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.

The park is located in east central British Columbia just west of the BC/Alberta border and Jasper National Park. It is approximately 4 hours north of Kamloops, BC, on Highway 5; 3 1/2 hours east of Prince George, BC, on Highway 16; and 5 hours west of Edmonton, AB, on Highway 16. The closest communities to this park are Valemount, Tete Jaune Cache and McBride.

There are commercial airports in Prince George, Kamloops and Edmonton. Rental vehicles are available at these centers.

Maps and Brochures

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

Management Planning

The management plan for Mount Robson Park was approved in March 2011, this replaces the 1992 Mount Robson Management Plan and the Swift Current Addition Purpose Statement.

Climate Change Background

The posters below provide additional information about climate change and its expected effects on Mount Robson Provincial Park:

Fixed-Roof Accommodation

A summary document detailing the current Alpine Club of Canada Fixed-Roof Accommodation Proposal in Mount Robson Provincial Park is available:

Ecosystem Management Plan

Forest Health Strategy for Mount Robson Provincial Park

Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

  • Corridor: Moose, Yellowhead and Whitney Lake are suitable for canoeing and boating. Caution: Lakes subject to strong winds.
  • Robson Meadows: A number of rafting companies operate in the area along various sections of the Fraser River. There are no opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this campground.
  • Robson River: A number of rafting companies operate in the area along various sections of the Fraser River. There are no opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this campground.
  • Lucerne: Good opportunities for canoeing and boating on Yellowhead Lake.
Caving

Caving

There are spelunking/caving opportunities in this park.

White-Nose Syndrome

White-nose Syndrome is a fungal disease that has been linked to the mass die-off of hibernating bats in Eastern North America – it poses a significant threat to bats of the west and British Columbia. There is evidence that humans have accelerated the spread through entering caves with contaminated clothing, gear or equipment. To help prevent WNS from taking hold in B.C., the Province is making investments in bat conservation projects.

To ensure the protection of bats and their habitat in this park, BC Parks strongly advises that personal caving gear that has been used anywhere east of the Rockies not be used in B.C. Also, before entering caves in B.C, cavers and visitors should consult the provincial WNS website, which includes a link to a Decontamination Protocol for Mines and Caves.

Climbing / Rapelling

Climbing

  • Resources for climbers at Mount Robson
  • Mount Robson Peak: This is a big mountain with big hazards. Unexpected changes in weather and snow conditions, heavy snowfalls, avalanches, icefall and rockfall can persist throughout the climbing season. Only properly equipped climbers, prepared and skilled in all facets of alpine mountaineering should attempt climbing Mount Robson. We encourage all climbers to use the voluntary self-registration shelter located at the Berg Lake Trailhead (more about the Berg Lake Trail).

    Climbers from around the world come to the park to tackle this most imposing peak. At 3,954 m (12,972 ft), Mount Robson is by no means the highest peak in Canada or the USA, but few mountains anywhere in the world can claim to offer almost 3,000m (10,000 ft) of pure ascent.

Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia. There are no bicycle rentals available at the park.
  • Berg Lake Trail: Cycling permitted on the 7 km section from the trailhead to the north end of Kinney Lake. A bike rack is located at Kinney Lake. Pedestrians have the right of way. You may encounter horses on the trail, please dismount and allow any horses to pass.
  • Corridor: Trans Mountain Pipeline offers gentle terrain that generally parallels the highway corridor and is well suited for a family ride. Wildlife should be given a wide berth and bells are a good idea to announce your presence. The pipeline right of way west of Hargreaves Road is private property and is closed to public use.
  • Robson Meadows: Various cycling opportunities exist in the immediate area.
  • Robson River: Various cycling opportunities exist in the immediate area.
Fishing

Fishing

Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
  • Corridor: Portal and Whitney Lakes good for small Rainbow Trout. Yellowhead and Moose Lakes offer Dolly Varden, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee and Whitefish.
  • Robson Meadows: Seasonal fishing opportunities in the Fraser River.
  • Robson River: Seasonal fishing opportunities in the Fraser River.
  • Lucerne: Portal and Whitney Lakes good for small Rainbow Trout. Yellowhead and Moose Lakes offer Dolly Varden, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee and Whitefish.
Hiking

Hiking

  • Berg Lake Trail: Several trails. Some trails closed during extremely wet periods and bear activity. Snowbird Pass closed annually between May 1st and July 1st to allow for undisturbed caribou calving.
  • Other Backcountry/Wilderness Trails: Several trails are located at the east end of Mount Robson Park. They range from well-developed, hard surface trails such as the Yellowhead Mountain Trail to pure wilderness routes like the Moose River.
  • Corridor: Water falls, salmon viewing and self-guided interpretive walks can all be found along this scenic drive.
  • Robson Meadows: A number of interesting walks and hikes are available from campground.
  • Robson River: A number of interesting walks and hikes are available from campground.
  • Lucerne: Self-guided Labrador Tea Trail. An interesting walk in mixed forest adjacent to campground.
Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Interpretive Programs

Interpretive Programs

Interpretive programs and presentations are available at Robson Meadows and Whitehorn. See BC Parks Events (North)
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.

  • Berg Lake Trail: Dogs are not permitted on any overnight trips; dogs on leashes only allowed on day hikes.
Swimming

Swimming

  • Berg Lake Trail: Glacier-fed water. Nearest location for swimming is Yellowhead Lake at Lucerne campground.
  • Lucerne: Swimming beach at campground on Yellowhead Lake.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

There are wildlife viewing opportunities in this park as well as views of Mt. Robson.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

There are opportunities for backcountry skiing and for snowshoeing. There are no tracks set; the trails are the same as the hiking trails.

Facilities Available at this Park

Accessibility

Accessibility

  • Robson Meadows: Two paved campsites, paved paths, roadways and wheelchair accessible wash/shower buildings.
  • Robson River: One paved campsite, paved paths, roadways and wheelchair-accessible wash/shower buildings.
  • Lucerne: One campsite with wheelchair-accessible pit toilet.
Boat Launch

Boat Launch

  • Corridor: Boat Launch available at Yellowhead and Moose Lakes.
  • Lucerne: Good boat launch on Yellowhead Lake, 1.9 km east of campground. Canoes and small car-top boats can be launched right from the main Lucerne campground.
Campfires

Campfires

  • Berg Lake Trail: Open fires are not permitted. Use backpacker stoves for cooking. Trail is patrolled by BC Parks rangers and persons starting or maintaining an open fire will be evicted. In the event of a public safety emergency only, wood burning stoves are located in shelters at Whitehorn and Berg Lake and a campfire pit is available at Robson Pass Campground.
  • Corridor: Campfires are not permitted.
  • Robson Meadows, Robson River, Lucerne: While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Drinking Water

Drinking Water

  • Berg Lake Trail: It is recommended that all water sources on the Berg Lake Trail be adequately boiled,
    treated or filtered.
  • Corridor: Safe drinking water is located at the park’s three campgrounds as well as at the Visitor Centre.
  • Robson Meadows: Cold water taps located throughout campground. Taps shut off during the off-season.
  • Robson River: Cold water taps located throughout campground. Taps shut off during the off-season.
  • Lucerne: No pressurized water system but well water is available at two hand pumps.
Electrical Hookups

Electrical Hookups

Robson River campground offers 15 amp/30 amp/50 amp electrical hookups at sites 20 through 41 (22 campsites). There is an additional electrical service charge of $8.00/night for these sites (whether power is in use or not).
Group Camping

Group Camping

There are group campsites at this park. See Reservation information »

  • Berg Lake Trail: Group camping allowed only at Whitehorn campground and Robson Pass campground.
  • Robson Meadows: Group camping complete with covered shelter available adjacent to this campground. No picnicking allowed at this group campsite.

Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum. See Youth Group Policy.

Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $80.00/group site/night, plus $5/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15). Children under 6 are free!

Information

Information

The Mount Robson Visitor Centre is located at the park's western entrance, within easy walking distance of campgrounds, restaurant, store and commercial activities booking office. The Visitor Centre provides information on Mount Robson Provincial Park, BC Parks and BC Tourism. The Centre also has a number of interesting human and natural history displays.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

  • Berg Lake Trail: Several picnic tables located at the south end of Kinney Lake approximately 5 km from the parking lot/trailhead. No fees.
  • Corridor: Several picnic sites located along highway corridor. From East Portal, at park’s eastern entrance, to the Mount Robson Park viewpoint at the western boundary. No fees.
  • Robson Meadows: Group picnicking available at Robson Meadows group site and amphitheatre. Group picnicking fee applies.
Group Picnicking Fee: $50.00 per group
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

  • Berg Lake Trail: Pit toilets located at all campgrounds. In addition there are three solar powered composting toilets located at Whitehorn, Berg Lake and Robson pass campgrounds. Toilet paper is not provided at any sites along trail, so come prepared.
  • Corridor: All day-use picnic areas along highway corridor have pit toilets.
  • Robson Meadows: Pit and flush toilets are located throughout the campground.
  • Lucerne: Pit toilets are located throughout the campground.
Playground

Playground

  • Robson Meadows: Located adjacent to the campground. Horseshoe pitch available.
  • Lucerne: A horseshoe pitch is located at campground entrance. No playground.
Sani-Station/Dump

Sani-Station/Dump

A sani-station is located on the Kinney Lake Road adjacent to the Visitor Information Centre.
Sani-station Use Fee: $5.00 per discharge
Showers

Showers

There are hot showers and a family shower room available at Robson Meadows and Robson River campgrounds.

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers vehicle (large and small) accessible campsites. Campsite reservations are accepted, and first-come, first-served campsites are also available.

  • Robson Meadows: 125 treed campsites
  • Robson River: 18 standard campsites, 22 electrified campsites (20 – 41)
    Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $28.00 per party/night
    BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $14.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
    Electrified sites: 15 amp/30 amp/50 amp service – additional $8.00/night (whether power is in use or not)
  • Lucerne: 36 campsites
    Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $22.00 per party/night
    BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $11.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

  • Berg Lake Trail: Ranging from five tent pads at Rearguard Campground to 26 tent pads at the Berg Lake campground.
    Reservations can be made for the Berg Lake Trail through Discover Camping; refer to the Campground Dates of Operation table for the reservable dates. There are no first-come, first-served sites available for the Berg Lake trail during reservable dates.  If you do not have a reservation, only non-reserved sites or cancellations will be available, and it may be difficult to obtain a spot on the trail. All campers must pay camping fees (online or at the Visitor Centre) and must register at the Visitor Center prior to hiking the trail.

    For day hiking, there are no fees and registration is not required.

    Dogs are not permitted on any overnight trips; dogs on leashes are only allowed on day hikes.

    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)
  • Lucerne: Two walk-in/cycle campsites are available.
    Frontcountry Camping Fee: $22.00 per party/night
  • Corridor: Wilderness trails and camping, including the Mt. Fitzwilliam Trail and the Moose River route, are accessible from the highway corridor.
Winter Camping

Winter Camping

There is backcountry winter camping offered in this park at the campsites along the Berg Lake Trail. If using this trail in the winter, you must be equipped for avalanche conditions. There is no fee collected for winter camping at this time.