Early Entry, Parking Passes and Re-Entry
Pricing is in effect for a full 24 hour period, from 8:00 am – 7:59 am the following day.
We have 2 Vehicle Camp Zones – Starlight Camp, which is closer to “Downtown Shambhala” and Sunshine Camp. Both of these Camp Zones are open fields. We encourage you to use the Free Parking Lot – the festival is held on a working farm; the less cars on the cows’ grazing fields, the better. Free Parking is separate from the campgrounds, adjacent to the Sunshine Camp Zone. Guests who choose to use Free Parking have access to the treed, shaded walk-in Camp Zone called Metta Camp.
**PLEASE NOTE: There is limited parking and camping space available. There is no guarantee that you will be able to purchase a parking pass for your desired camp zone; first come, first served. Once parking decals for a certain zone sell out, they’re gone. If you wish to have a vehicle at your camp for lockup, it’s best to coordinate with your campmates and choose ONE designated vehicle to be parked at camp for that purpose. Please consider this and plan ahead.
Car camping decal fees for 2018 are set as follows:
- Sunshine decals are $50 CAD (incl. taxes) for a regular vehicle, and $100 CAD (incl. taxes) for an oversized vehicle.
- Starlight decals are $100 CAD (incl. taxes) for a regular vehicle, and $180 CAD (incl. taxes) for an oversized vehicle.
Check out the Camping and Parking page to find out additional information.
If you need go to town and come back during the festival, there is a re-entry fee of $20 CAD per person, per re-entry, payable upon your return.
On the Road to Shambhala
- Camping Gear – Tent, chairs, sleeping bag, tarp, shade structure etc…..
- Bandanna – For dust.
- Water containers – For camp, and while you are out dancing. Free water is available with your own vessel.
- Jacket – It gets real cold here at night.
- Backpack – Cut down on trips to camp by bringing items with you.
- Food – Our vendors have all sorts of delicious food to offer once you get into the festival. However you might need food while waiting to get into the festival. There is very limited food available prior to the front gates.
- Biodegradable shampoos and sunscreens.
- Flashlight – Outside of the Downtown Area there is limited lighting.
- Comfortable footwear – The ground is uneven and rugged. You may be covering long distances by foot, so be sure to have a good pair of walking shoes with you.
These are just a few essentials to make your journey home more enjoyable. Ask around to veterans who have perfected the packing guide!
At the Festival
* Any media, photography or video, which is taken while on the property of Salmo River Ranch is subject to a mandatory, non-exclusive license to Shambhala Music Festival for promotional purposes.”
- It is propane fuelled. Appliances using wood, charcoal, or any other flammable liquid or materials are not permitted.
- It has to have certification from a nationally recognized testing or certification organization.
- There should be no combustible material – like tarps, tents, trees, etc. – within 3 feet of your stove.
- Don’t leave your stove unattended and double check that it’s off before leaving your campsite.
For more info, see the Banned Items FAQ.
If you have extreme allergies, food sensitivities or special dietary needs, we recommend planning most of your own meals. The food vendors may be able to accommodate some special dietary needs like wheat-free or vegan, however, menu options for these are very limited and you may only have one meal choice per vendor.
Be sure to bring food with you for your entrance into the festival. Line-ups are quite lengthy in the first couple days of the gates being open, and there is very limited options in buying food prior to going through the gates. Be sure to pack snacks if you are planning on showing up early to the festival.
If you are using a Telus, Bell, Koodo, or Virgin phone, you will have full bars on site for the duration of the festival.
Here are some tips for a safe drive home:
- Plan a Designated Driver, especially if you have to leave on the Monday. As designated driver you commit to getting at least 8 hours of sleep before departure. Prepare for police roadblocks on your way out.
- Schedule a departure time – this makes it much easier to follow through with Step 1!
- Designate a co-pilot who’ll stay awake with the driver. As co-pilot it’s your job to engage your driver and watch for signs of sleepiness behind the wheel.
- Consider local hotel/motel/camping options if you have a long drive home ahead of you. If you plan on staying in Nelson, Salmo, or Castlegar be sure to book ahead. Places are usually booked out in advance to the festival.
We love you all, and encourage you to take these steps when leaving our festival, or any festival. See you on the dancefloor!