Questions and Answers:
Discover Camping Reservation System at Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park

  • Reservations will be required for Mount Assiniboine’s core area (Og Lake and Magog Lake campgrounds) during the peak season (June 26 through September 30).
  • Reservations will be available on a 4-month rolling window, starting on April 10, 2018 at 7am PT.
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Why do I need a reservation at Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park?

In recent years the demand for recreation and accommodation in the core area of Mount Assiniboine 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 all campers can be properly accommodated in a campsite, 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 the core area of Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park.

When and where do I require a reservation at Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park?

Reservations are required for the core area of Mount Assiniboine Og Lake and Magog Lake campgrounds (please see table below):
Reservable dates and areas:

Campground/Area Name Inventory Reservable Dates
Og Lake Campground 10 tent pads June 26 – September 30
Magog Lake Campground 40 tent pads June 26 – September 30

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

When and where is a reservation not required?

During non-peak season (October 1 – June 25), Og Lake and Magog Lake campgrounds in the core area of Mount Assiniboine require campers to pre-purchase a backcountry camping permit, via the Discover Camping reservation service and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis (FCFS). No reservation is required. Site availability is not guaranteed. No reservation charges apply.

Park periphery campgrounds and rustic cabins (Surprise Creek cabin/campground, Porcupine Campground, Rock Lake Campground, Mitchell Meadows Campground, Mitchell River Cabin and Police Meadows Cabin) will remain available on a first-come, first-served basis, with no associated registration, reservation or camping fees year-round. The Naiset Huts, RC Hind Hut and O’Brien Group Campsite bookings will continue to be managed through Assiniboine Lodge.

For instructions on how to pre-pay backcountry camping permits see “How do I make a reservation or purchase a backcountry camping permit for Mount Assiniboine Provincial 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 only the core area of Mount Assiniboine Provincial 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 tent pad/night (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 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 for Magog and Og Lake Campgrounds during the Peak Season).

How do I make a reservation for or pre-purchase a camping permit for Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park?

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

  • Online, 24 hours a day, 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 park!
Detailed steps:

    • Pick “Backcountry” as your reservation type for booking overnight stays in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park.
    • Pick your arrival date.
    • Select Mount Assiniboine as your park.
    • 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).
    • Choose your itinerary for each night.
    • Click “reserve” (even when reservations are not required).
    • Read and click the box to indicate you understood the messages.
    • 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 Mount Assiniboine Campgrounds/Cabins: Important Dates and Information
Campground/Area Name Dates Permit vs. Reservation Reservation vs. First-Come, First-Served Service Charge
Og Lake Campground June 26 – Sept 30 reservation required guaranteed a site $6.00 – $18.00*
Og Lake Campground Oct. 1 – June 25 permit required first-come, first-served no charge
Magog Lake Campground June 26 – Sept. 30 reservation required guaranteed a site $6.00 – $18.00*
Magog Lake Campground Oct. 1 – June 25 Permit Required first-come, first-served no charge
Surprise Creek cabin/campground year-round no permit required first-come, first-served no charge
Porcupine Campground year-round no permit required first-come, first-served no charge
Rock Lake Campground year-round no permit required first-come, first-served no charge
Mitchell Meadows Campground year-round no permit required first-come, first-served no charge
Mitchell River Cabin year-round no permit required first-come, first-served no charge
Police Meadows Cabin year-round no permit required first-come, first-served no charge
O’Brien Horse Campground year-round no permit required first-come, first-served** no charge
O’Brien Group Site year-round managed through Assiniboine Lodge
RC Hind Hut year-round managed through Assiniboine Lodge
Naiset Huts year-round managed through Assiniboine Lodge

*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.

** O’Brien Horse Campground is for the use of horseback users ONLY year-round. Hikers are not permitted to use the campground.

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.
  • Reservation policies specific to Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park can be found here: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/reserve/mt-assiniboine.html
Do I need to show the permit to anyone?

Yes, you will be asked by a Park Ranger or Park Operator to produce proof of your permit/reservation. 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/reservation at your tentpad. 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. For example, you are guaranteed a tent pad at Og Lake campground but you cannot reserve “tent pad #3”.
For Non-Peak periods: Your permit allows you to camp in the core area campgrounds (Og Lake and Magog Lake) but does not guarantee that a site will be available. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For all other areas: Park periphery campgrounds and rustic cabins (Surprise Creek cabin/campground, Porcupine Campground, Rock Lake Campground, Mitchell Meadows Campground, Mitchell River Cabin and Police Meadows Cabin) will remain available on a first-come, first-served basis, with no associated registration, reservation or camping fees year-round. The Naiset Huts, RC Hind Hut and O’Brien Group Campsite bookings will continue to be managed through Assiniboine Lodge.

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.

For non-reservable areas/permits only: 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’s website (look for “Find a Park” in the upper right corner).