This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
November 6, 2017: 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.
October 18, 2017: Mount Assiniboine Park Partially Closed
Simpson River Trail to Surprise Creek Cabin, Surprise Creek Trail to Ferro Pass, and Eohippus Lake Trail are closed until further notice.
Due to damage sustained during the 2017 Verdant Cr. forest fire, the Simpson River trail from the boundary of Kootenay National Park to the Surprise Creek Cabin, the entire Surprise Creek trail from Surprise Cabin to Ferro pass, and the Eohippus Lake trail will remain closed until fire damage can be properly assessed and repaired. All other areas of Mount Assiniboine Park are OPEN for public use.
October 8, 2015: Simpson River Suspension Bridge
The Simpson River suspension bridge located near the Surprise Creek cabin has been permanently dismantled due to safety concerns caused by flood damage in the spring of 2015. Plans for a replacement bridge are being made, and updates on its status / installation will be posted here when they become available. Fording the Simpson River in this location is not recommended.
Know Before You Go
- Fires are prohibited within the core area of the park.
Trail Report [PDF] (Oct 18, 2017)
Please note: Trail reports updated regularly June-August as trails melt out.
- Campground and Cabins Information Sheet [PDF] (June 21, 2017)
Visitor SafetyPersons 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.
About This Park
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 Mt. Assiniboine Lodge facing Lake Magog, Mt. Assiniboine, Mt. Magog and Naiset Peak.
Established Date: February 6, 1922
Park Size: 39,013 hectares
ReservationsPlease Note: Campsite reservations are not accepted at this park, all campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis.
There are self-registration stations at the Lake Magog and Og Lake campgrounds where payment can be made with cash. There are no registration or camping fees for camping in any other campground in the park (including Porcupine).
Payment can also be made in advance of trip departure through BC Parks Backcountry Registration System. If you register online, bring a copy with you for proof of payment.
Group Camp/Picnic ReservationsA group campsite can be prebooked at O’Brien Meadows for groups of 15 - 25 people. Contact the Assiniboine Lodge reservations office. [non government site]
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.
- More information on how to book a cabin/hut (non-government site)
Banff National ParkBanff 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 MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- Park Map [PDF] (June 2008)
Nature and Culture
Activities Available at this Park
UPDATE 2015 – 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). More information about this can be found here.
Please note that there is no horse access to Assiniboine Lodge, the Naiset Cabins, Wonder Pass, or Citadel Pass.
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
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.
- More information on how to book a cabin/hut (non-government site)
- More information on how to reserve this group campground (non-government site)
Pit or Flush Toilets
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 Backcountry Registration System allows you to purchase a backcountry camping permit before leaving home. Although the system does not reserve a campsite, the system provides visitors the convenience of prepaying for their trip and not having to carry cash. We encourage all visitors to register online so we can reduce the need to collect fees in the field. Backcountry fees apply year-round at Lake Magog and Og Lake campgrounds.