Public Lands Camping Pass

Overview

A Public Lands Camping Pass is now needed to random camp along the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

Buy your camping pass

Buy before you random camp

The Public Lands Camping Pass is required year-round to random camp on public land along the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains from Grande Prairie to Waterton Lakes National Park.

Camping pass fees will be reinvested to improve recreation experiences and help conserve and protect Alberta’s beautiful landscapes so they can be enjoyed now and into the future.

Cost

Campers 18 years and older must buy a pass.

  • $20 per person for a 3-day pass
  • $30 per person for an annual pass

$3.25 system-processing fee plus GST per transaction. A one-time Wildlife Identification Number (WIN) purchase is required to access the system ($8, but with a $2 discount if purchased online).

Where to buy

The passes can be purchased:

Pass details

  • Where the pass applies

    Random camping is a common name used for no-service or limited-service camping outside established campgrounds. For more information, visit camping on public lands or the Alberta's Guide to Outdoor Recreation on Crown Land.

    Passes required

    • Random camping on public lands along the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains from Grande Prairie to Waterton Lakes National Park, west of Highway 43 and Highway 22. A pass is required to random camp in the Porcupine Hills Public Land Use Zone.
    • Random camping in the Willmore Wilderness Park
    • Agricultural Crown land within the pass area.

    Passes do not apply

    • Private, municipal or federally-owned lands
    • Kananaskis Conservation Pass area
    • Lands under:
      • Provincial Parks Act (Provincial Parks, Wildland Provincial Parks, Provincial Recreation Areas)
      • WAERHRNA Act (Wilderness Areas, Ecological Reserves, Heritage Rangelands, Natural Areas

    Maps

  • How to buy a pass

    The passes are available for purchase:

    Campers 18 years and older must have a pass:

    • $20 per person for a 3-day pass
    • $30 per person for an annual pass

    A $3.25 system-processing fee plus GST will be applied to every transaction. A one-time Wildlife Identification Number (WIN) purchase is required to access the system ($8, but with a $2 discount if purchased online).

  • Pass conditions

    • Passes are non-refundable and non-transferrable
    • Passes are sold per person, not per vehicle or camping unit
    • The same rate applies to residents and non-residents of Alberta
    • Annual passes are valid for 365 days (one year) from the date of purchase
    • 3-day pass is valid:
      • for 72 hours from the selected date
      • from 2 pm and expires at 2 pm on the third day, allowing for 3 nights of random camping
    • All acts and regulations will continue to apply:
      • individuals are responsible to know where random camping is allowed on public land
      • there is 14-day maximum stay in the same camping spot
    • Some public land within the pass area is held under agricultural dispositions. For these lands, the Recreational Access Regulation applies:
      • in addition to requiring a Public Lands Camping Pass, always contact the leaseholder for permission before accessing these lands and follow any access conditions
      • agricultural leaseholders have the ability to deny recreational access under certain conditions
      • individuals are responsible for knowing when permission is required
    • Current regulations regarding camping on public land are available at:
  • Pass exemptions

    Pass is not required for

    • Children and youth under 18
    • Camping on public land outside of the camping pass area or in an established campground where camping fees are already charged
    • Using public land for the day for other recreational activities
    • Accessing public land for authorized work or volunteer duties
    • Clients of disposition holders where the holder’s disposition is for the purpose of camping

    The following groups are exempt

    • First Nations peoples with Status card
    • North of the Red Deer River, it does not apply to:
      • Metis Settlement members
      • Recognized Métis harvesters
      • Members of the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation
    • Persons receiving benefits from any of the following programs:
      • Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH)
      • Adult Health Benefit
      • Income Support

How fees will be used

Funds from the pass are being reinvested in the region to improve recreation experiences and help conserve these beautiful landscapes so they can be enjoyed now and for generations to come.

Your pass will help:

  • upgrade infrastructure
  • improve education
  • support conservation and help protect the environment
  • monitor and enforce rules
  • promote public safety
  • provide better waste management

How it's enforced

Campers are required to show proof of payment (printed pass or mobile app) to enforcement officers when requested. Non-compliance could result in a fine.

Contact us

Call 310-LAND (5263) for information about the Public Lands Camping Pass, accessing agricultural Crown land, or for provincial maps.

Alberta Environment and Parks Outreach Services
Toll-free: 310-3773
Email: [email protected]

RELM Help Desk
Toll-free: 1-888-944-5494