Visitors - Important Notice!
of May 13, 2008:
- Trail Conditions
conditions prevail throughout the park. Backcountry
travellers should be prepared for deep snow conditions. It is essential that people visiting the park in winter be prepared with
the knowledge, experience, and equipment required to
travel safely through remote avalanche terrain. Click here for more information
on visiting Mount Assiniboine Park in winter.
the summer of 2007 work crews completed major campground
improvement projects at Magog and Og Lakes as well
as the construction of a new cook shelter at Magog
Campground. Public feedback on these works is appreciated.
note that fires are prohibited within the core area
of the park.
Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is a magnificent place
of shimmering lakes, glistening glaciers, sky scrapping
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.
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,
Any maps listed are for
information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be
used for navigation.
Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
visiting 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.
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.
experienced climbers practiced in crevasse rescue
and properly roped should venture onto snowfields
visitors to the park should always ski with a partner.
It is recommended that winter visitors be familiar
with standards of avalanche
Visitor Safety Information (park
safety, hazards, wildlife safety information, health risks)
parks that accept reservations,
all vehicle accessible campsites (with the exception of
group sites) must be reserved through Discover
can make reservations for the Naiset Huts and the Hind
Hut through the Mount 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 $15 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.
here to view a non-government web link, for additional
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
reservations are not accepted at this park, all campsites
are on a first-come, first-served basis. For parks that
accept reservations or information on the reservation
Group campsite and/or group picnic
site reservations are accepted at this park.
Parks: Fees, park listings, what
you should know before you go and other useful links.
vehicle accessible camping facilities at this park.
are approximately 75 wilderness, walk-in campsites
in this park.
During the summer, camp sites are
on first-come, first-served. During the summer
and winter months, visitors can make reservations
for the Hind Hut and Naiset Huts by contacting Mount
Assiniboine Lodge. Campsites
available are: Lake Magog in the core area, Porcupine
Camp near Citadel Pass, Mitchell Meadows, Rock
Isle Lake and Simpson River. Police Meadows and
Surprise Cabins are not available for public
use during the fall hunting season. 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 impacted
campsites; otherwise practice no
trace camping ethics. Campers who wish to
stay at the huts, do so on a first-come, first-served
basis, we recommend you bring a tent in case
the huts are full.
more information on camping, click here.
For a detailed listing of cabins and campgrounds, click here.
Camping Fee: $5.00 per person / night, for all
persons 13 years of age or older
is a group campground at Obrien's Meadow in this
park. For more information on how to reserve
this group campground, click
day-use or picnic facilities.
are no wheelchair accessible facilities at this
are no drinking facilities; only stream water.
To ensure drinking water is safe, it must be
boiled for at least 5 minutes.
park only has pit toilets located at each designated
campsite; there are no flush toilets.
fires are not allowed within
the core area of Mount Assiniboine. This includes
the entire area of Naiset; north to Og Lake campground;
west to Sunburst Lake; south to Hind Hut and
the O'Brien horse camp. Campers must bring a
portable gas type stove for cooking. Outside
the core area, only wood that is dead and down
can be used for campfires..
BC Parks do not have electrical hook-ups.
are no regularly scheduled interpretive programs
at this park.
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 Visitor
messages for trail bulletins.
park does not have a playground.
There are no opportunities for canoeing or kayaking
in this park.
park does not have a boat launch.
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
is not permitted.
riding is allowed in certain areas of the park but only with a
letter of permission. If planning to horseback ride in the park, we recommend you read the Mount Assiniboine Horse Use Policy and view the Horse Trail Map. Letters
of Permission outline camping locations, grazing areas, which trails are open to horse traffic and are available from the BC Parks
@ (250) 489-8540.
animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in 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.
Ninety-three species of birds have been recorded
in the park. Visitors may also see mountain goat,
bighorn sheep, elk, moose, grizzly and black bear.
World class cross country skiing and ski touring.
For Lodge or Naiset cabin information, see the
information under cabins, yurts and lodges listed
No SCUBA diving or snorkelling opportunities.
No windsurfing opportunities.
No waterskiing opportunities.
Mt. 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.
Mount Assiniboine itself is a world-class mountaineering
destination and several neighbouring peaks, faces
and ridges are worthwhile challenges as well..
No spelunking or caving opportunities.
The Naiset huts/cabins and R.C. Hind hut
located in the core area of Mt. Assiniboine are
open to the public and can be reserved through
Mt. 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.
here to view a non-government web link, for
There are a number of rustic cabins located in the more outlying areas of Mount Assiniboine Park. Click here for the full listing of these cabins and campgrounds.
Naiset Cabin and Hind Hut Fee: $15.00 per person/night
Naiset Cabin and Hind Hut Fee: $30.00 per family/night