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St. Andrew's Church© Parks Canada / Paul Gowdie
Some important projects are underway this summer on the Chilkoot Trail. Together they will support visitor safety, enhance visitor experiences, and protect valuable historic resources. Hikers will notice activity throughout the summer, particularly at the summit. We’ll do our best to minimize impacts on the hiking experience this season, and appreciate your support as we work to complete these essential projects.
Staff at the Skagway Trail Centre will provide current information about what’s happening on the trail when you register at the beginning of your journey, and patrol staff will keep you informed and answer questions as you travel along the trail.
- A new Patrol Cabin is being built at the summit to replace an aging staff facility. The new building will provide an improved operations base, better enabling staff to respond to visitor safety on the trail and ensure cultural and natural resource protection.
- New wayside interpretive panels are being installed along the entire length of the trail. This joint U.S. National Parks Service/Parks Canada initiative, developed with the Skagway Traditional Council and the Carcross Tagish First Nation, will enrich the hiking experience with historic photographs, stories and information about the trail's rich cultural and natural history.
- At Bennett, work is ongoing to complete facilities that will be part of Chilkoot Trail Village, one of Parks Canada’s Northern Iconic Experiences. Chilkoot Trail Village will offer a new way to experience this historic and scenic setting. This exciting project is being developed in partnership with the Carcross Tagish First Nation.
New tent-pads will be installed at Bennett campground.
- AND rehabilitation work is being done on St. Andrew's Church at Bennett City. The church is the last-remaining building from the gold-rush era on the Chilkoot Trail. This work will stabilize the church, help protect it from wildfire damage, and enhance visitor enjoyment in the future.
Chilkoot Trail Village
© Parks Canada / Michael Prochazka
An exciting new package tour that is part of the Parks Canada Northern Iconic Experience series is being launched in the summer of 2016 in Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site. This all inclusive 4 day/3 night package includes transportation via float plane from Whitehorse to the site of the historical boomtown of Bennett and a return trip on board the historical narrow gauge Whitepass and Yukon Route Railway. Accommodation is in gold rush themed canvas wall tents.
This new visitor offer is a partnership between Parks Canada, Carcross/Tagish Management Corporation and Nature Tours of Yukon. Programming will highlight the area’s Klondike Gold Rush history and Carcross Tagish First Nations culture. Packages are being offered during July and August.
For more information, Chilkoot Trail Village
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Parks Canada in Carcross
© Parks Canada / Paul Gowdie
This summer Parks Canada is piloting a new visitor centre in Carcross, Yukon. The centre will be located in the historic Skookum Jim House at the Carcross Commons. A historical photo exhibit will feature the Klondike Gold Rush, Yukon Riverboats and First Nation history. Upstairs is a Macbride Museum of Yukon History exhibit.
This new visitor centre will serve as the northern gateway to the Chilkoot Trail for those camping and hiking at the Canadian end of the Trail. It will also serve as the southern gateway to other National Parks and National Historic Sites in the Yukon. As well, Skookum Jim House will offer a selection of exclusive Parks Canada Chilkoot Trail merchandise.
For more information, Skookum Jim House
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Art Talks on the Chilkoot Trail
Happy Camp Sunset© Emma Barr, 2012
An internationally renowned adventure photographer, Dan will share practical tips for capturing the best images of your friends and family in the outdoors.
Sheep Camp: July 8 Lindeman City: July 15
Julie will talk about extended scores, using mathematical ideas to structure new musical languages, recordings and scores that together, are made into sculptures. Scores that can be seen or felt or thought about, not necessarily played. Julie will demonstrate Chinese brush painting if weather allows.
Sheep Camp: July 19 Lindeman City: July 24
Andrea will share how she is combining art, history and archaeology along the trail. She will invite visitors to creatively engage in various forms of archaeological documentation in their own camp area.
Sheep Camp: July 22 Lindeman City: July 29
At 7:00 pm Alaska Time
Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program