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.
The 2022 Chilkoot Trail experience will be limited to hiking the American or Canadian side of the trail only, as international travel along the trail corridor will continue to be prohibited. The reservation line will open April 25 according to the reservation schedule.
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:
- While travelling to and from the site follow any 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 April 21, 2022)
Crossing the Canadian/US border while hiking the Chilkoot Trail is not permitted. Your 2022 Chilkoot Trail experience is limited to hiking the Canadian or American portion only. If hiking the American side, please refer to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park website for more information.
Permits are required for the hiking season (June 1 to September 13, 2022). Parks Canada oversees reservations for hikes on both the Canadian and American side of the trail. The reservation line opens April 25.
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.
What’s closed (updated April 21, 2022)
Crossing the Canadian/US border while hiking the Chilkoot Trail is not permitted. Your 2022 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 April 21, 2022)
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.
- Maximum group size is dictated by B.C.’s Outdoor Gatherings order at the time of your hike, but not to exceed 12.
- Masks are encouraged in all indoor spaces and/or where 2 meter social distancing cannot be maintained.
- Cross border hiking is not permitted, and will continue to be prohibited into the 2022 hiking season.
- 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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