The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. In June and July, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of outdoor areas, some camping services, and some indoor areas at national historic sites.

We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places and areas that are closed.

Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

We continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, and avalanche control, among others.

Update for July 30, 2020 - Non-medical masks and face coverings

We strongly encourage all visitors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when visiting indoor public spaces at any Parks Canada place. When you visit a Parks Canada place, you may see signs reminding you that this is what we recommend.

An indoor public space is any space with walls and a roof that can be accessed by the members of the public.

If a Parks Canada place is within a jurisdiction where wearing a non-medical mask or face covering is mandatory, visitors will be asked to follow this requirement.

Important information about your visit to Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site

The Canadian side of the Chilkoot Trail is CLOSED for the 2020 hiking season

By order of the superintendent, all access to Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site of Canada, including the Log Cabin Parking Lot, outhouses, backcountry areas, and the rest of the National Historic Site is strictly prohibited until further notice. No person shall enter or engage in any activity in Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site.

All Chilkoot Trail reservations for the 2020 season will be cancelled. This includes departures between June 1 and September 13, 2020 (inclusive):

  • All hikes (including those starting in Dyea, Bennett or the Notch) will be cancelled.
  • Reservation holders will receive a call from Parks Canada to process a full refund.
  • Please be patient as we make our way through reservations in a chronological order.

We recognize the inconveniences this may pose. We look forward to answering any questions you have when we connect with you on the phone. Thank you once again.

The American side of the Chilkoot Trail is OPEN

For hikers that would like to hike the US-side only of the Chilkoot Trail:

  • Anyone wanting to start a hike in Dyea must contact the Trail Centre in Skagway to register.
  • This includes hikers with pre-existing reservtions because those reservations are being canceled – The USNPS is managing registration and orientation for US-side only hikes.
  • No fees will be taken by USNPS, however hikers must book an itinerary with USNPS to help manage campsite capacity and to participate in a mandatory orientation to include any Covid-19 precautions and measures needed to be taken while hiking the trail.
  • The Trail Centre is staffed, however not open to the public at this time. They can be reached by phone between 8 am and 4 pm (excluding the lunch hour) 7 days a week at 907-983-9234. We encourage you to call Trail Centre for more details.

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