Starting June 1, some Parks Canada places will begin to offer limited access and services while maintaining physical distancing measures. Information will be updated regularly.

Only places and activities where health and safety risks can be managed will be available for visitation. We are asking visitors to be cautious and conservative in their use of these places, to observe travel restrictions, respect closures, follow the guidance of public health experts, and to make every effort to keep one another safe.

Opening details will differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

Parks Canada and COVID-19 (updated May 27, 2020)

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority.

Being outdoors and in nature brings a number of health and wellness benefits., It is important that people have access to natural spaces where they can go to get exercise and fresh air in settings that facilitate physical distancing.

On June 1, 2020, Parks Canada will begin a safe, gradual opening of some outdoor locations in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.

This means:

  • Starting June 1, visitors will be permitted to access some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at some locations. Until then, all suspensions of visitor services and closures of facilities announced in March remain in place.
  • For their own safety, visitors should not try to access locations that are closed.
  • All camping facilities remain closed until at least June 21, 2020, while Parks Canada assesses whether and how these services might resume. Group activities and public events will be prohibited until further notice. All existing reservations set to take place prior to June 21, 2020, will be automatically cancelled and refunded in full.
  • Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.

The latest information you need to know about your visit to Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site

Effective immediately, and until at least August 1, 2020, no person shall enter or engage in any activity in Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site.

By order of the superintendent, all access to Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site, including the Log Cabin Parking Lot, outhouses, backcountry areas, and the rest of the National Historic Site is strictly prohibited.

All Chilkoot Trail reservations between June 1 to August 1, 2020 (inclusive) will be cancelled. A Parks Canada representative will call reservation holders to process cancellations and complete refunds including Canadian and US trail permits, as well as reservation fees. Please patiently await our call to help lessen the call volume to our office.

For hikers with reservations beyond August 1, we ask that you keep your booking for the time being, and encourage you to check back closer to your arrival date for further information.

If you must cancel your reservations, please call our office at 867-667-3910 or 1-800-661-0486 and leave a message. We will return your call, however it may be delayed. Thank you for your patience. 

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