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Discover Camping Reservation System at Garibaldi Provincial Park

As of January 2, 2018, all overnight stays at Garibaldi Provincial Park will require reservations. Camping is permitted only within designated campsites. These areas include Garibaldi Lake, Taylor Meadows, Helm Creek, Cheakamus Lake, Singing Creek, Elfin Lakes, Rampart Ponds, Helm Creek, Russet Lake and Wedgemount Lake campgrounds year-round. Red Heather Campground is also available for winter camping only, with reservations from December 1 – April 30. Reservations can be made up to 4 months in advance of your arrival date.

As of April 10, 2018, Wilderness camping permits are available to mountaineers, climbers, ski tourers, and other visitors with advanced skills in wilderness travel and camping, within the wilderness camping zone.

Garibaldi Reservations Q&A

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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 will be required for all overnight stays in Garibaldi Provincial Park year-round. These areas include Garibaldi Lake, Taylor Meadows, Helm Creek, Cheakamus Lake, Singing Creek, Elfin Lakes, Rampart Ponds, Helm Creek, Russet Lake and Wedgemount Lake campgrounds, and wilderness camping year-round. Red Heather Campground is also available for winter camping only, with reservations from December 1 – April 30.

Campground/Area Name Inventory Reservable Dates
Garibaldi Lake 50 tent pads year-round
Taylor Meadows 40 tent pads year-round
Helm Creek 30 tent pads year-round
Cheakamus Lake 8 tent pads year-round
Singing Creek 6 tent pads year-round
Elfin Lakes 35 tent pads year-round
Elfin Lakes Shelter 33 bunk spots year-round
Red Heather 15 tent pads Dec. 1 – April 30 (winter camping only)
Russet Lake 7 tent pads year-round
Wedgemount Lake 20 tent pads year-round
Rampart Ponds 12 tent pads year-round
Wilderness Camping 150 year-round

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

When and where is a reservation not required?

As of January 2, 2018, all overnight stays in Garibaldi Provincial Park will require a reservation, made through the Discover Camping Reservation Service.  Reservations are required year-round.

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 up to 4 months in advance of your arrival date and all reservations must be made before 5 PM 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 for Garibaldi Park?

There are 2 ways to make a reservation:

  • 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) 7:00 am-7:00 pm seven days a week.

Please note that most backcountry trailheads do not have cell coverage (or wi-fi). You must make a reservation 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.

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
Do I need to show the reservation to anyone?

Yes – you will be asked by a Park Ranger to produce proof of your reservation. Make sure you carry your copy of the reservation (digital or printed copy) with you to the park.
You will also need to display a second copy of your reservation 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 reservation 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.”

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 park page (look for “Find a Park” in the upper-right corner).

Wilderness Reservations Q&A

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Why do I need a wilderness 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 for ALL camping at Garibaldi Provincial Park 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.

Wilderness reservations allow for BC Parks to limit the number of people in the more sensitive backcountry areas of Garibaldi, while maintaining opportunities for experienced hikers and mountaineers to enjoy the more remote areas of the park.

When and where do I require a wilderness reservation at Garibaldi Park?
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Wilderness camping reservations are required year-round and must be purchased for camping within the wilderness camping area (see map below). Wilderness reservation holders are not permitted to camp in the designated campground areas or in the no-wilderness-camping zone, and must have advanced backcountry skills and sufficient experience to camp and travel in wilderness areas without facilities.

For instructions on how to reserve see “How do I make a wilderness reservation for Garibaldi Provincial Park?” below and follow the steps.

When and where is a reservation not required?

Reservations are required for all areas of Garibaldi Provincial Park year-round via the Discover Camping Reservation Service.

What do wilderness reservations 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)
Children under 6 years of age are free.

Reservation service charges:
$6 per reservation/night (up to 10 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 5 PM on your arrival date.  If you do not purchase before 5 PM the day of arrival, you will not be allowed to camp (there are no self-registration options in the park).

How do I make a wilderness reservation for Garibaldi Provincial Park?

As of April 10, 2018 there will be two ways to make a wilderness reservation:

  • 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)

7 days per week -  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:

  1. Step One: Pick “Backcountry Wilderness” from the drop-down menu at #1, Reservation Type, for booking a wilderness stay in Garibaldi Park.
  2. Pick your arrival date.
  3. Pick your park campground –– select Garibaldi.
  4. 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.
  5. Choose the number of people in your party – up to 10 can be booked on one reservation.
  6. Select the number of nights you wish to stay. 
  7. Click “reserve.”
  8. Read and click the box to indicate you understand the messages.
  9. Double check the information is correct.
  10. If you are a returning customer, log in, if you are a new customer, create an account.
  11. Read and click to accept the messages.
  12. Fill in the permit holder and camping party information. 
  13. Pay for your reservation with your credit card.
Helpful hints:
  • For mobile devices, scroll to bottom of page and click “Switch to Full Site”
  • 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.
  • If you wish to camp in the designated camping areas at either end of your wilderness trip, you must make a separate reservation. Designated-area camping can be found under “Backcountry.”
  • 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 reservation.  Make sure you carry your copy of the reservation (digital or printed copy) with you to the park.

You will also need to display a second copy of your reservation at your campsite. 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 visitors may be subject to eviction from the park and possible fines.

Can I reserve a specific campsite?

A wilderness reservation does not reserve a tent pad (or sleeping platform) in the wilderness area of Garibaldi Provincial Park. A wilderness reservation instead is reserving one of a limited number of reservations that are permitted in the wilderness area each night. This is so the sensitive wilderness areas are never over-capacity and are protected in the long-term.

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 refund guidelines.

Where does the money go?

Park User (camping) and permit fees help pay for providing and maintaining park recreation services, such as trails, park roads (snow removal); 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 park’s page (look for “Find a Park” in the upper right corner).