Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency 2020: Program Update

To limit the spread of COVID-19, Parks Canada and the U.S. National Park Service have temporarily closed facilities and suspended services at Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, respectively. Canada and the U.S. also have international travel restrictions in place.

At this time, we do not know when full operations will resume on the trail. Parks Canada, the Yukon Arts Centre, and the U.S. National Park Service have made the decision to postpone our international artists’ participation in the program until the 2021 season. The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency partners will monitor the situation closely, and if possible, have our regional artist participate in the 2020 season.

Due to the postponement of the 2020 residency, the application process for the 2021 residency has been canceled. We extend our sincere apologies for this cancellation as we know artists put a great deal of time and effort into their applications. If you would like a digital copy of your application please e-mail We look forward to delivering an amazing program in future years and encourage you to please re-apply again when a new call for applications is announced.

The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency is a creative journey through Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, Alaska, and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site, British Columbia. Each artist hikes the trail over a two week period, allowing time to work and savour the experience. The artists offer workshops at campgrounds and interact with hikers in creative ways. Watch for post-hike Artist Talks in Skagway and Whitehorse as well!

Parks Canada partners with the Yukon Arts Centre, U.S. National Park Service, and the Skagway Arts Council to facilitate this unique program.