COVID-19 and your visit to Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site
Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Important information about your visit to Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site
2021 Hiking Reservations
Please note: Parks Canada is working towards having measures in place that would allow Chilkoot Trail NHS to open in some capacity for the 2021 hiking season. Reservations for the 2021 season will be delayed until at least April, 2021. Continue to check back for more information, or call us at 1-800-661-0486 or 1-867-667-3910.
Thank you for your patience.
Parks Canada resumed winter use at Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site on December 15, 2020 under normal levels of winter service and operations. Parks Canada may scale service back to partial or full closure at any time, depending on orders and directions under B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, guidelines from Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH), Parks Canada direction, and/or as dictated by other COVID-19 mitigation measures.
The health and safety of visitors and employees is of the utmost importance to Parks Canada. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and continues to make every effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Remember that Chilkoot Trail NHS is in British Columbia (B.C.). Visitors must follow all applicable orders as directed by the B.C. Provincial Health Officer while in B.C.
Your safety when visitingWinter recreation at Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site will be different than in previous years. Please:
- Follow the advice and guidelines from public health experts—in Yukon this includes practising the Safe 6
- Follow the orders and direction of the regional public health authority, in this case B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, including maintaining physical distancing and adhering to group size restrictions
- Avoid entering vulnerable communities while travelling to and from the site. Follow travel advisories issued by First Nation governments and communities. If a First Nations government or community has not issued an advisory, travel responsibly and follow the Safe 6
- Be self-sufficient and come prepared with your own “COVID-kit” including hand sanitizer, masks for everyone in your group, water and snacks
- Upkeep and site maintenance will be limited. Please Leave No Trace, pack out your garbage, and leave outhouses litter-free
- Stay within your bubble while camping and avoid turning your activities into social gatherings. Do not congregate in large groups at trailheads
- Be cautious and conservative in your use of the site to avoid injury and minimize the need for emergency response services
As of November 19, 2020 and until further notice, all events and social gatherings in B.C. have been suspended in an effort to significantly reduce COVID-19 transmission related to social interactions and travel. According to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, you can recreate outdoors with a friend or family member you don’t live with if you can maintain a safe physical distance. You must also make sure these activities do not turn into social gatherings with a group meeting outside. Plan ahead—find current information about B.C.’s province wide restrictions at gov.bc.ca.
Please refer to winter Bulletins for more information on Restricted Activity Orders, authorizations, and the Non-Motorized Weekend schedule
A reminder that you are responsible for your own safety. There is minimal emergency response service within the national historic site. Please be cautious when engaging in backcountry activities to avoid injury and/or getting lost, and to minimize demands on emergency response teams and the health care system. For information about winter activities and safety at Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site go to: Winter backcountry safety
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