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Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site of Canada

Bennett Camping Adventure

Fritz Mueller
© Parks Canada / F. Mueller

Escape into the heart of the northern wilderness on a Tuesday or Friday morning when you depart Carcross, Yukon, aboard the scenic White Pass & Yukon Route railway. Camp overnight in Parks Canada’s campground on the shore of beautiful Bennett Lake, then return to Carcross aboard the White Pass & Yukon Route. Here's what you need to know before heading out.


Camping

  • Promotional Offer: $9.80 per campsite per night (includes GST)
  • One tent per campsite
  • Camping is limited to the Bennett campground
  • Campsite reservations are required and are subject to availability

Activities

Step back in time and explore the Gold Rush era site of Bennett City, once home to 20,000 stampeders and entrepreneurs or go for a hike on the legendary Chilkoot Trail.

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Bennett
St. Andrew's Church
© Parks Canada / C. Hedgecock
  • See St. Andrew’s Church
  • Identify (but don’t pick) the wild plants
  • Bird watching: bring your binoculars

Hiking

From the church, follow the Chilkoot Trail:

  • Stampeder cemetery: on the south side of the trail; 1 km/0.8 mi return
  • Lindeman Lake Beach: 4 km/1.6 mi return 
  • Bare Loon Lake: 12.8 km/7.9 mi  return (hiking time 4-6 hours)

Canoeing or Sea Kayaking on Bennett Lake

  • Bennett Lake is big and sometimes very windy; floatation and spray decks are advised
  • The rapids on One-Mile River are class III/IV; do not attempt in a canoe or sea kayak
  • Stay on the trails when transporting your canoe or sea kayak around Bennett
  • Water rescue services are not available 

Camping in an Historic Site

  • Camp only in designated campsites
  • No overnight use of shelter
  • Absolutely no open fires
  • Pack out what you pack in, including: recyclables, food stuff, garbage and diapers
  • Do not disturb or remove the artifacts: broken bottles, rusted cans, even stones used for building foundations are protected by law
  • To protect the cultural landscape, walk only on trails 
  • Quiet time starts at 10 p.m.

There is a private residence at Bennett. Please respect the owner’s privacy and property.

Bear Safety 

You can help promote the harmonious co-existence of bears and hikers on the Chilkoot by ensuring that you are not presenting bears with opportunities to get a hold of food and garbage.

  • No coolers. No food at tent sites
  • Food and other odorous items must be stored in bear-safe food lockers at all times, including:
    • food 
    • leftovers / garbage / wrappers 
    • dishes / pots / utensils 
    • fuel and stove 
    • toiletries/first aid kit/vitamins/medications
  • Cook and eat only in designated areas (day use shelter or picnic tables)
  • Use wastewater disposal pit; be sure to clean food waste off the screen and pack it out with your garbage
  • Do not leave food or other attractants unattended 
  • Keep dogs on leash at all times
  • Do not leave children or pets unattended

Familiarize yourself with the principles and practices of safe travel in bear country.

Parks Canada recommends carrying bear spray with you at all times on the trail.

Information & Reservations

Parks Canada
1-800-661-0486 / 867-667-3910

White Pass & Yukon Route
867-668-7245 (Whitehorse) 867-821-3930 (Carcross)

Parks Canada 24 Hour Emergency Dispatch

From satellite phone: 1-780-852-3100

Note: There is no cellphone coverage at Bennett