Escape into the heart of the northern wilderness aboard the scenic White Pass & Yukon Route railway. Depart Carcross or Fraser and camp in Parks Canada’s campground on the shore of beautiful Bennett Lake. Although Bennett is only a short distance from “civilization”, it is a remote backcountry setting. There are no supplies or services at Bennett so make sure to bring everything you need. The campground is a 400 metre walk from the WP&YR station so pack appropriately.
Lake Bennett is located at the northern end of the Chilkoot Trail in the traditional territory of the Carcross Tagish First Nation. In the winter of 1897-1898 it became a boat-building centre and tent encampment—home to 15,000 Klondike Gold Rush stampeders. By 1899 it had become a town with streets, stores, hotels, docks and warehouses. The completion of the White Pass and Yukon Route from Skagway to Whitehorse in 1900 spelled the end for Bennett City. Within a year the townsite was all but abandoned. Today all that remains is St. Andrew’s Church, artifact scatters of discarded tins and broken bottles and cultural landscape features such as rock terraces and wharf pilings.
As you walk the trails at Bennett, you are on the former streets of the town. Please, be careful of broken glass and rusty objects. These relics from the Klondike Gold Rush are found on the beach, in the lake and around Bennett, as well as along the Chilkoot Trail. Help reduce trampling of cultural features by staying on the trails. It’s illegal to remove, damage, deface or destroy any cultural or natural resources. This includes:
- Artefacts such as bottles, cans, boots, glass, etc.
- Rocks. It may not be immediately evident, but rocks are often part of historical landscape features such as terraces or building foundations. Avoid moving rocks.
- Animals and plants, including flowers and berries.
Please moor watercraft or floatplanes close to the Bennett Train Station outside the boundary of the National Historic Site.
Things to do
Points of interest
Step back in time and explore the Gold Rush era town of Bennett City or go for a hike on the legendary Chilkoot Trail.
- St. Andrew’s Church
- Artwork on Bennett day use shelter
- Stampeder cemetery: on the south side of the Chilkoot trail; 1 km/0.8 mi return
- North Lindeman beach: 4 km/1.6 mi return
- Bare Loon Lake: 12.8 km/7.9 mi return (hiking time 4-6 hours)
Canoeing or kayaking
There are no Parks Canada water-rescue services available on Bennett Lake.
- Bennett and Lindeman Lakes are big and sometimes very windy; floatation and spray decks are advised
- The rapids on One-Mile River are class III+; do not attempt in a canoe or sea kayak
- Stay on the trails when transporting your canoe or sea kayak
Bennett is located in bear country. Before you go, familiarize yourself with the principles and practices of safely camping in bear country.
- Watch Staying Safe in Bear Country at the Parks Canada office in Whitehorse, Skookum Jim House in Carcross or the Trail Centre in Skagway.
- Read the You Are in Bear Country brochure.
Parks Canada recommends carrying bear spray.
Never leave attractants unattended. Immediately upon arrival in Bennett, stow all bear attractants in the bear-resistant storage lockers before setting up your camp. Attractants include:
- Food (including pet food), food waste and beverages
- Garbage, including leftovers and food packaging
- Dishes, utensils, pots and pans
- Fuel and stove
- Toiletries or other scented items or products such as dish soap, wash cloths, sun screen, insect repellant, medications, tobacco, cannabis etc.
Attractants must be stored in the storage lockers at all times when not in use. Storage lockers are 53 cm / 21” H x 61 cm / 24” W x 61 cm / 24" L. Ensure you pack appropriately.
Cooking and eating
- Cook and eat only at the day use shelter or picnic tables. Food is not permitted at tent sites
- Open fires are prohibited. Bring a backpacking stove and fuel for cooking. No barbeques.
- Surface water (river or lake) is the only source of water at the campground. Bring a water purification kit, water filter or sufficient fuel to boil water.
Camp only in designated campsites.
Pack in - pack out
There are no garbage bins at Bennett. Bring a garbage bag/container.
- Store all garbage/food waste in the storage lockers with your other attractants
- Clean your dishes at the grey-water disposal pit. Strain food leftovers and store with your garbage (a strainer is provided)
- Take all garbage/food waste with you when you leave
There are outhouses. Toilet paper is NOT provided, bring your own.
For everybody’s enjoyment and safety
National historic park regulations are designed to protect your safety and to ensure that this special place remains unimpaired for future generations. It is your responsibility to be aware of the laws and regulations, and ensure that you follow them, but we are here to help.
Respect your neighbours
There is a private cabin at Bennett. Please do not disturb the owner or their property. Respect your neighbors by keeping noise within reasonable levels. No generators.
Camping Permits are required by those overnighting in Bennett from June 1 to September 13, 2020. Your Bennett Camping Permit is valid for day use on the Canadian portion of the Chilkoot Trail. Canadian Trip Permits are valid for camping in Bennett. Maximum group size is 12.
A special permit is required for:
- Commercial activity, such as guiding, videography and photography
- Special events, such as weddings
You may reserve Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm (Pacific Standard Time) by calling Parks Canada at:
- 1-800-661-0486 (Canada & U.S. )
- 1-867-667-3910 (local & overseas)
Getting to and from Bennett
- 867-668-7245 (Whitehorse)
- 867-821-3930 (Carcross)
- 1-800-343-7373 (toll free)
Black Sheep Aviation
Satellite telephones or GPS messenger devices, such as Spot® or InReach® are the preferred form of communication. There is no telephone or cell service at Bennett.