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

What’s open (updated April 16, 2021)


Overnight visitation within the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site will resume for the 2021 hiking season (June 1 to September 13, 2021). Please understand that the current COVID-19 situation remains fluid, with government regulations and health guidelines changing rapidly.

Service within Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site may be scaled 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, Parks Canada direction, and/or as dictated by other COVID-19 mitigation measures.


Hiking is permitted on the American side of the trail. If hiking the American side, please refer to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park website for more information on COVID-19 mitigations and protocols.


 Crossing the Canadian/US border while hiking the Chilkoot Trail is not permitted. Your 2021 Chilkoot experience will be limited to hiking the Canadian or American portion only.


Chilkoot reservations will open on April 27. Parks Canada will take reservations on a pre-determined rolling reservation schedule.

 Visit Permits and reservations for details.

What’s closed (updated April 16, 2021)


Crossing the Canadian/US border while hiking the Chilkoot Trail is not permitted. Your 2021 Chilkoot experience will be limited to hiking the Canadian or American portion only.

There is no train service; access to and from Bennett is available by air charter or boat by landing outside of the national historic site boundary.

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

Camping during COVID-19 (updated April 16, 2021)


Camping is available at Bennett, Bare Loon Lake, Lindeman City and Deep Lake; day-use shelters will be operating at reduced capacity. Happy Camp is closed to camping for the season.

Chilkoot reservations will open on April 27. Parks Canada will take reservations on a pre-determined rolling reservation schedule.

 Visit Permits and reservations for details.

Your safety when visiting


Your safety is your responsibility. Be self-reliant as there is minimal emergency response within the national historic site, and adhere to Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site Regulations at all times.

  • Visitors must follow applicable provincial and territorial travel restrictions.
  • B.C. provincial guidelines apply while within site boundaries.
  • Self-isolation is not permitted within Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site and, if required, must be completed prior to arrival.
  • Hiking parties are limited to small core bubbles. Maximum group size is dictated by B.C.’s Outdoor Gatherings order at the time of your hike.
  • Masks are required in all indoor spaces and/or where 2 meter social distancing cannot be maintained including in outdoor spaces and along the trail.
  • Cross border hiking is not permitted.
  • To remain adaptable to the COVID-19 situation, Parks Canada will take reservations for two-week blocks of the season based on a pre-determined rolling reservation schedule.

 Please refer to Important Bulletins for more information on Restricted Activity Orders.

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