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

Crossing the Canadian/US border while hiking the Chilkoot Trail is currently not permitted, and it may continue to be prohibited for the 2022 season. Please continue to check back for updates.

Important information about your visit to Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site

Please respect all local travel restrictions for communities in or near Parks Canada places:

  • Avoid entering vulnerable communities while travelling to and from the site. Follow travel advisories issued by First Nation governments and communities: https://cyfn.ca/covid-19/
  • If a First Nations government or community has not issued an advisory, travel responsibly and follow the Safe 6 +1 : https://yukon.ca/en/practisesafe6/home
  • Follow the advice and guidelines from public health experts. In Yukon this includes practising the Safe 6 + 1. Remember, British Columbia’s restrictions apply to Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site.
  • Be self-sufficient and come prepared with your own “COVID-kit” including hand sanitizer, masks for everyone in your group, water and snacks.

What’s open (updated October 16, 2021)

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

Outside of the summer hiking season, there are no regular patrols, the route is unmarked and facilities are not maintained. Hikers, regardless of the season, need to be self sufficient and accept a high level of responsibility for their own safety.

Permits are not required outside the summer hiking season (June 1 to mid-September, annually), however we strongly encourage you to contact Parks Canada in Whitehorse (1-800-661-0486) prior to entering the national historic site.

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.

Planning for the 2022 summer hiking season is currently underway. Please continue to check back for more information on visitor offers and the opening of the Chilkoot Trail reservation line.

What’s closed (updated October 16, 2021)

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

There is no day-use shelter available at Happy Camp campground.

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

Camping in the Log Cabin Parking Lot is permitted between December 1 and May 15.

Planning for the 2022 summer hiking season is currently underway. Please continue to check back for more information on visitor offers and the opening of the Chilkoot Trail reservation line.

 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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