Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada

Visitor Safety

Heading into Kluane’s back-country this winter?

Registrations for back-country trips into Kluane National Park and Reserve are no longer required between November 15th and April 1st.
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.

In the event of an emergency, contact
1-877-852-3100 (Jasper Dispatch) or
634 5555 (RCMP)

Area Closures

Areas may be temporarily closed for safety or environmental reasons.

Backcountry Camping Permits

All overnight backcountry users are required to purchase a backcountry camping permit. Permits can be purchased at the self-registration kiosk located near the entrance to the visitor centre in Haines Junction. The use of bear resistant food canisters is mandatory on all overnight backcountry trips in the park until November 15th each year. Bear resistant food canisters are provided free of charge with registration. Please call 867 634 7207 to make arrangements with Parks staff to pick up a canister. A $100 damage deposit per canister, refunded upon return, is required.

Search and Rescue

Kluane National Park and Reserve is a remote wilderness park. Travellers must be entirely self-sufficient and able to handle any emergency situations on their own. In the event of an emergency you should be prepared for lengthy delays in search and rescue response times due to weather conditions and/or the availability of both aircraft and rescue personnel.

Parks Canada 24 Hour Emergency Dispatch

1-877-852-3100 (toll free)
1-780-852-3100 (if calling from a satellite phone)

Note: While cell phones work in Haines Junction they are out of range in almost all areas of the park.

Keep the Wild in Wildlife!

The chance to observe wild animals as they go about their natural lives is one of the most fascinating experiences that Canada's national parks have to offer. Along with this opportunity, however, comes the responsibility to treat wild animals with the respect they deserve, and need.

Driving

Too many people harass wild animals unintentionally by getting too close and pursuing them for photos. Please keep your distance. How close is too close? Stay back at least 30 metres (the length of 3 buses) for most animals and stay in your vehicle if you see a bear.

Never, ever feed wildlife. Human food isn't good for them. Feeding wildlife is unlawful in national parks. National parks are here to protect wildlife, not to stress these magnificent residents. The best thing you can do for the animals? Take a quick look and keep driving.

Walking, Hiking and Camping

Wildlife generally prefer to avoid humans. However, some animals may charge and even attack people when surprised, or if they feel you are threatening their young or their food. Stay alert, never approach or feed wildlife and keep pets on a leash at all times.

You Are in Bear Country

The You are in Bear Country brochure provides important information about traveling and camping in bear country.