Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada

Permits and Regulations


© Parks Canada / S. Donker

Backcountry Permits

Between April 1st and November 15th registration for overnight trips into the park is MANDATORY and you must purchase a Backcountry Permit.

During the summer operating season (Victoria Day long weekend through Labour Day) register at the Kluane National Park Visitor Centre at the Da Kų Cultural Centre in Haines Junction or at the Tachäl Dhäl (Sheep Mountain) Visitor Centre.

During the shoulder season self-register at the Kluane National Park and Reserve Visitor Centre at the Da Kų Cultural Centre in Haines Junction. A self registration kiosk is located at the front door of the Visitor Centre. 

Deregistration

Upon completing a trip, hikers must check back in with the park. If you fail to deregister you may be financially responsible for the search for your group. Checking back in also allows park staff to gain current information on the area you were using.

Between November 15th and April 1st registration for overnight trips into the backcountry IS NOT REQUIRED . You are responsible for your own SAFETY. You should file a travel plan with a friend or family member whether you are heading out for the day or on a multi-day trip.

Park staff may not be able to respond to emergencies during this time period.

Bear-Resistant Food Canisters

Approved bear resistant food canisters are mandatory on ALL overnight trips in the Park between April 1st and November 15th, EXCEPT in the following areas:

Bear resistant food canister
Bear resistant food canister
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  • Kluane Icefields
  • Kathleen Lake Campground (when attractants are secured in a motor-vehicle, or one of the food lockers supplied in the campground)
  • Mush Lake Backcountry Campsite (when attractants are secured in a motor-vehicle)
  • Alsek and Dezadeash Rivers (on a permitted river rafting trip where an alternate system for storing bear attractants may be approved on a case-by-case basis)

The models of bear resistant food containers approved for use in Kluane National Park & Reserve are: Garcia Machine, Bear Keg, and Bear Vault (Models BV250 and BV300).

Bear resistant food canisters are available free-of charge with registration. A $100 damage deposit (credit card or cash) is required and will be refunded once the canister is returned.

During the shoulder season call 867-634-7207 to arrange a time with Parks Canada staff to pick up the mandatory bear resistant food canisters. It is strongly recommended that this arrangement is made in advance of your arrival to Haines Junction.

Campfires

In most cases your backcountry permit will allow a campfire but camp stoves are preferred. Campfires may be restricted at certain times during the season or never allowed in some areas.

If you use a fire, try to build it in an area free of vegetation and on sand or gravel and then scatter evidence when you leave. Do not leave developed fire rings. Fire pits are often visible for years, especially in fragile areas.

Area Closures

Areas may be temporarily closed for safety or environmental reasons.

Reducing Your Impact

  • When possible, try to tent on a site that is free of vegetation such as sand or fine gravel and do not cut vegetation for shelters.
  • Drain wash water (strain out food) into soil that is well away from lakes and streams and keep the use of soap (even biodegradable soap) to a minimum. 
  • Use facilities wherever they exist. When there are none nearby, select a spot at least 50m away from water sources, and away from the trails and camping sites. Dig a small hole and cover it with soil afterward. Pack out used toilet paper or burn it if the fire hazard is low.
  • On established trails travel single file and stay on the trail. When hiking off-trail try to avoid fragile areas and spread out if possible. "Shortcutting" between trail switchbacks damages both the soil and plant life, leaving the area more susceptible to further erosion damage. 
  • Follow a "pack in, pack out" policy, taking out all supplies and/or garbage taken in.