Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions cross-border hiking is not permitted in 2021. But there is still some spectacular hiking to be had on the the Canadian side of the Chilkoot Trail. Come and enjoy a quieter more intimate Chilkoot Trail experience.


Permits and regulations

During the summer hiking season, every person overnighting in Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site requires a permit. Those without required permits are subject to fines.

 Fees apply

Planning your hike
Getting to and from Bennett


Access to Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site for the 2021 hiking season is limited to entering and exiting from Bennett by air charter or boat only. Cross border hiking is not permitted, and accessing Bennett via the train tracks is illegal.

Bennett is the northern trailhead for the Chilkoot Trail. There is no road to Bennett. Please contact carriers directly to arrange your travel logistics. Bring a communication device (InReach©, satellite phone, other non-cellular device) to communicate with your carrier from Bennett at the end of your hike. There is no cellular service anywhere within the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site, including Bennett.
 

Air carriers

Float plane companies

Alkan Air
1-867-668-2107

Alpine Aviation
1-867-668-7725

Amber Airways
1-867-334-3535

Black Sheep Aviation
1-867-668-7761

Tintina Air
1-867-332-8468

Helicopter companies

Canadian Helicopters
1-867-633-4354

Capital Helicopters
1-867-668-6200

Fireweed Helicopters
1-867-668-5888

Transnorth Helicopters (Great Slave Helicopters)
1-867-668-2177

Horizon Helicopters
1-867-633-6044

 Flying in and around national parks and historic sites in Yukon and northern British Columbia

2021 use restrictions


British Columbia’s orders and restrictions under the B.C. Provincial Officer of Health apply within the boundaries of the Chilkoot Trail NHS. Please take time to read through current B.C. province-wide restrictions prior to your hike. Self-isolation is not permitted within Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site and, if required, must be completed prior to arrival.

  • Crossing the US/Canada border within the boundaries of the Chilkoot Trail NHS is illegal, as is using the train tracks and rail corridor for access.
  • Hiking parties are limited to core bubbles. Do not gather with several groups of people outside your core bubble.
  • Maximum group size is dictated by B.C.’s Outdoor Gatherings order at the time of your hike. We encourage making reservations for small, core groups in the event restrictions tighten between time of reservation and your hike.
  • Masks are required in all day-use shelters and/or where social distancing can not be maintained, including in outdoor spaces and along the trail.
  • Day-use shelters at Bennett, Bare Loon, upper Lindeman and Chilkoot Pass are open at reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. Capacity limitations are indicated at each location. There is currently no day-use shelter at Happy Camp.
  • Respect social distancing while enjoying the trail’s campgrounds.
Choosing your campgrounds


Camping is allowed in designated campgrounds only which include: Bennett, Bare Loon, Upper Lindeman, and Deep Lake.

 Happy Camp is closed to camping and there is no day-use shelter available for the 2021 hiking season.

You must specify which campgrounds you will stay at for each night of your trip, and how many tent sites you will need when you make your reservation. While this requires careful pre-trip planning, it eliminates over-crowding in campgrounds and ensures that everyone will have a place to camp.

Campgrounds
Bennett:
kilometre 0 / mile 0
Bennett Campground
Bennett Campground
Location & facilities
Bennett shelter

Trail mileage: kilometer 0 / mile 0
Elevation: 670 meters / 2200 feet
Setting: Forest edge, at river mouth near lakeshore
UTM coordinates: 8V 500079 6634157
(NAD 83)

Tent sites: 15 sites, on the ground
Cook shelter: Cabin
Food storage: Bear lockers.

Description
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Bennett

Once a bustling tent city, Bennet is located on the shore of Lake Bennett at the northern terminus of the Chilkoot Trail. Of historic interest is St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church – the last remaining gold rush era building along the Chilkoot Trail. The scenic campground at Bennett is located in what was once the heart of the historic townsite.

Bare Loon Lake
: kilometre 6.4 / mile 3.9
Bare Loon Lake Campground
Bare Loon Lake Campground
Location & facilities
Bare Loon shelter

Trail mileage: kilometre 6.4 / mile 3.9
Elevation: 747 meters / 2450 feet
Setting: Open forest, on rocky outcrop overlooking lake.
UTM coordinates: 8V 497876 6628630
(NAD 83)

Tent sites: 19 sites, wooden platforms
Cook shelter: Picnic shelter
Food storage: Bear lockers

Description

Bare Loon is 6.4 kilometers / 4 miles from Bennett making it a popular destination.

As space is limited you must be booked into Bare Loon if you wish to stay here.

Lindeman City
: kilometre 11.3 / mile 7
Lindeman City Campground
Lindeman City Campground
Location

Trail mileage: kilometre 11.3 / mile 7
Elevation: 670 meters / 2200 feet
UTM coordinates: 8V 495259 6627496
(NAD 83)

Campsites in Lower Campground
Facilities
Upper Campground

Setting: Open forest, lakeshore
Tent sites: 20 sites, on the ground
Cook Shelter: Log Cabin w/ wood stove
Food storage: Bear lockers

Lower Campground
Closed to camping
Day use shelter: Log cabin w/wood stove
Description
Interpretive tent at Lindeman City

Lindeman City is located in a beautiful, historic setting on the shores of Lindeman Lake. Today’s tranquil ambience stands in stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of 1898 evident in the relict landscape.

The main base of operations for Parks Canada patrol staff is located at Lindeman. Don’t forget to visit the exhibit in the interpretive tent at the Warden Camp to pick up your trail completion certificate.

Deep Lake:
kilometre 16.1 / mile 10
Deep Lake Campground
Deep Lake Campground
Location & facilities
Early season at Deep Lake

Trail mileage: kilometre 16.1 / mile 10
Elevation: 884 meters / 2900 feet
Setting: Treeline, overlooking lake near creek mouth
UTM coordinates: 8V 492132 6625233
(NAD 83)

Tent sites: 10 sites, wooden platforms
Cook shelter: NO: cooking area with picnic table
Food storage: Bear lockers


Individual campsites within the campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Open fires are prohibited throughout the national historic site. There are wood stoves available in some shelters below tree line, but wood supplies may be scarce and/or wet. The wood stoves may be closed during times of high/extreme fire weather index. Carry a backpacking cook stove and plenty of fuel. Remember to maintain social distancing, clean up after yourself, and to keep all your food and other attractants in the onsite bear lockers.

If you plan to take a day-trip within your Chilkoot experience, pack a day-pack with food, water, extra clothing for all weather conditions, bear spray, and the gear you need to be safe and self-reliant.

Chilkoot Trail map
  • Map available for purchase
    Hiker's Guide to the Chilkoot Trail

     

    A Hikers Guide to the Chilkoot Trail

    Annotated Chilkoot Trail Map: $9.00 + shipping

    Available from Parks Canada - Yukon

    Telephone:
    1-800-661-0486 (North America toll free)
    867-667-3910 (local or overseas)
map of the Chilkoot Trail

Hiker safety

A safe and enjoyable trip on the Chilkoot requires careful planning. You must be well equipped, self sufficient and in good physical condition. Hiking with a partner or small group is preferable.

  • Be self-reliant


    Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site is a remote wilderness park. Natural hazards are present in the area.

    • Let someone know your plans. Leave an itinerary, route map and the names of your party members with a friend or family member and ensure that they have the emergency contact numbers.
    • Carry survival gear, i.e., extra food, clothing, matches, etc.
    • Bring a communication device (InReach, satellite phone, other non-cellular device) to communicate with your carrier from Bennett at the end of your hike. There is no cellular service anywhere within the Chilkoot Trail NHS including Bennett.