Quetico Permits Information

Quetico Park Permit and RABC CANPASS Information

QUETICO PARK PERMIT COSTS*: The reservation fee for each Quetico permit is $11.25. In addition, Quetico charges a per night camping fee of $21.50 (Canadian funds) per adult and $8.50 (Canadian funds) for youth under 18 for the Prairie Portage entry points… a discounted camping fee rate applies to other Quetico entry points and off-season entry dates. CBO will also collect a $10 acquisition fee for each permit reserved.


Multiple reservations with the same leader name for the same time period are not allowed. Reservations must be made in the name of the person who is arriving to pick up the camping permit. Reservations cannot be assigned from one person to another person. In the Quetico, the party leader name and second contact name cannot be changed.

Quetico Park changed its Reservation, Cancellation/Change and Refund Policies in 2005. Quetico is now charging a $100 deposit toward camping fees at the time the travel reservation is made. Their news release stated:

“This fee is to discourage speculative bookings and to encourage those cancelling permits to do so early and therefore free up quota. When you cancel or change an interior reservation the cancellation percentage will apply, based on how long your reservation has been held.”

The penalty equals the % of cost of nights not used, based on when you cancel or change your reservation.

Camping fees are paid at the Ranger station on your entry date.

NOTE: Beginning June 1, 2009, border crossers will be asked to present a passport issued by the U.S. Government, a passport card, a valid trusted traveler program card (FAST, NEXUS, or SENTRI), an enhanced driver’s license (EDL), a Military ID with official travel orders, or a U.S. Merchant Mariner Document when re-entering the United States through land and sea ports of entry. This change primarily affects United States and Canadian citizens, who have previously been permitted entry by oral declaration alone, and marks the transition toward standard and consistent documents for all travelers entering the country. Read more about the latest border crossing procedures.

*Persons entering Quetico Park must get their customs clearance in advance by mail, known as a Remote Area Border Crossing pass (RABC). The fee is $30.00 (Canadian funds) per adult or per family (including all dependents under the age of 22). We have all the forms available and will mail them with your reservation confirmation.

The RABC application must be done well in advance of your trip – at least 30 days, as turn around time for mailed in CANPASS RABC permits is at least 3 to 4 weeks – to ensure having the written approval before your canoe trip. Each person listed on the RABC application must have a certified birth certificate and a second form of identification.

Youth may use their social security number, school identification cards, or report cards, if a driver’s license is not available. Individuals over 18 years of age joining youth or scouting organizations, or visiting as part of an extended family or fishing group, will need to apply on a separate application.

CBO is not able to secure the RABC for you, nor can we contact the Canadian Customs and Immigration Office on your behalf; all party members are responsible for working directly with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Any questions and concerns about the RABC should be directed to the CBSA, as regulations can change from season to season without notice.

Any individuals with DUI or DWI’s on a police record should list this under the felony section of the RABC application. Although these are considered misdemeanors in the US, they are considered felonies in Canada.

Each application receives a thorough background check, and if this is not listed on the application, the individual may be denied. The Canadian government reserves the right to deny entry to any individual with the equivalent of a Canadian felony on their police record, no matter how long ago the infraction occurred. Detailed information can be found on the Canada Border Services Agency web site.

How to get an RABC CANPASS Application

The easiest way to get an RABC application is to click on the Application link below. The application is in .pdf format, and requires the Adobe Reader plug-in.

If Acrobat Reader opens up then you don’t need to download the Reader. Many browsers already have the Reader as a plug-in, and if yours does, just let it fully load, then print the application pages.

If yours doesn’t, download the Reader from the Download Acrobat Reader link, install it according to the instructions given by Adobe, then come back and print the RABC application.

1. Download Acrobat Reader to view PDF files if necessary. The RABC application is a PDF file.
2. Then go to: Application for CANPASS — Remote Area Border Crossing (RABC) Permit


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