Stawamus Chief


May 14, 2020:

Stawamus Chief Park will be open for day use including climbing starting May 14, however the main Chief Trail (Backside Trail) is closed. Apron Parking Lot and the Climbers Parking lot are open.


March 24, 2020: This park is currently closed

Due to the COVID-19 response, BC Parks has fully closed this park including all related services and facilities

Order of the Regional Director [PDF]

BC Parks has closed this park; this includes all associated access, e.g.; trails and parking lots.

This decision has been made to ensure the continued health and safety of BC Parks visitors, employees, park contractors, volunteers and partners, and to support efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

For more information on protective measures for COVID-19, please visit the website for the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Campfires: Campfires are not permitted in this park at any time.

Parking: Visitors must park in designated parking lots and observe the “no parking” signs posted. Vehicles parked illegally will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense. Vehicles parked illegally in closed day-use areas will be charged a fee for gate unlocking. Provincial parks along the Sea-to-Sky corridor have experienced exceptional growth in visitor numbers, leading to parking congestion and illegally parked vehicles. Public safety is paramount for BC Parks, and new parking policies are in place to ensure safe access for all. Thank you for your compliance. 


Know before you go

Fees: Fees are per person per night for anyone 6 years of age and older. Fees for this park are cash only paid by self registration system, please see information at the campground Entrance.

Camping: Camping is allowed on designated sites only and all equipment, tents, etc., must be on the designated site. Campsites are very shaded with large mature coniferous trees. Please store and lock all food in the storage lockers located throughout the campground and in the cooking shelter.

Hiking: The Chief Trail is a steep and difficult climb, requiring hikers to be in good physical condition. Hikers should be prepared with sturdy footwear, clothing, food and water.

Climbing: Obey posted closures of climbing routes on the Chief during the critical nesting season of the peregrine falcon.

About Stawamus Chief

Stawamus Chief Provincial Park protects the 700 metre massive granite cliffs that stand at the southern entrance to Squamish on the scenic Sea to Sky Highway.

The park provides rock climbing opportunities of international significance. Hiking trails to The Chief’s three summits offer rewarding views of Howe Sound, Squamish town site and surrounding mountains. This park has opportunities for camping, hiking, rock climbing and scenic viewing atop the Chief.

For information on Stawamus Chief please visit the BC Parks website.

Stawamus Chief Rates and Fees


Drive – in (per person per night) 10.00
Walk-in (per person per night) 10.00


Second Vehicle – Drive-in n/a


Vehicle Accessible Site 18
Walk In Sites 57


Vehicle Accessible Site n/a
Walk In Sites n/a


Full Service April 13 – October 15

*This park has winter camping opportunities; however, the gates are locked in the winter, so camping is walk-in only and no services are provided. 




  • Climbing


  • Hiking


  • Pets on Leash

    Pets on Leash

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Wildlife Viewing

  • Winter Recreation

    Winter Recreation


  • Drinking Water

    Drinking Water

  • Picnic Areas

    Picnic Areas

  • Pit or Flush Toilets

    Pit or Flush Toilets

  • Vehicle Camping

    Vehicle Camping

  • Walk in / Wilderness Camping

    Walk in / Wilderness Camping

  • Winter Camping

    Winter Camping