Permits and reservations
During the summer hiking season, every person overnighting on the Chilkoot Trail, and day users on the Canadian portion of the Chilkoot Trail, require a permit. Those without required permits are subject to fines.
Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, cross-border hiking is not permitted in 2021. The available hiking routes are:
- Bennett, B.C. to Chilkoot Pass and back
- Dyea, AK to Chilkoot Pass and back
Reserving your permits
The reservation line will open for the 2021 hiking season on April 27. Parks Canada is taking reservations for the American portion of the trail as well as the Canadian portion and Bennett Campground. Reservations are subject to campsite availability.
Rolling reservation schedule
To remain adaptable to the COVID-19 situation, Parks Canada will take reservations on a pre-determined rolling reservation schedule.
|Reservation window||Hiking dates|
|April 27 to 30||June 1 to 15|
|May 1 to 15||Up to and including June 30|
|May 16 to 31||Up to and including July 15|
|June 1 to 15||Up to and including July 31|
|June 16 to 30||Up to and including August 15|
|July 1 to 15||Up to and including August 31|
|July 16 to end of season||Up to and including September 13|
Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm (Pacific Time)
- 1-800-661-0486 Canada and U.S.
- 1-867-667-3910 local and overseas
Before calling to reserve please ensure that you can provide us with the following information:
- Number of Adults (18 yrs+); Youth (6 to 17); and Children (5 yrs and under)
- Number of tent sites needed
- Your itinerary: desired dates and campgrounds
- Credit card information
Permit fees are refundable up to 3 weeks (21 days) in advance of your trip start date. Reservation fees are non-refundable. To cancel your reservation, call 1-800-661-0486 or 1-867-667-3910 and be prepared to provide Parks Canada with your booking number, the name the booking was made under, the number of permits being cancelled, and a phone number where we can reach you (should you leave a message). Refunds will be credited to the credit card number used to make the reservation.
COVID19 related cancelations
Should Parks Canada need to cancel a reservation due to COVID-19 closures in place, the reservation holder would be reimbursed in full. Similarly, should a visitor need to cancel a reservation due to new COVID-19 travel restrictions and health measures that were unforeseen at the time the initial reservation was made, they would be reimbursed in full. However, should an individual need to cancel their reservation for other reasons, including existing COVID-19 travel restrictions and health measures that were in place at the time the reservation was made, regular cancellation fees will apply. When planning their vacation, visitors should be mindful of COVID-19 measures that may be in place throughout the year.
Picking up permits and mandatory orientation
Hikers are required to carry their permit for the duration of their hike. Backpack tags must be attached so they are exposed for visibility, ideally on your backpack. Bennett campers should attach the backpack tag to their tent. You will pick up your permit at your mandatory trail orientation.
Canadian-side trail orientations and Bennett camping orientations
Mandatory trail orientations are available by appointment at the S.S. Klondike at 10 Robert Service Way in Whitehorse. Please call 1-800-661-0486 or 1-867-667-3910 to make your 30-minute orientation appointment.
Maximum group size in Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site is dictated by B.C.’s Outdoor Gatherings order at the time of your hike. We encourage making reservations for small, core groups in the event restrictions tighten between time of reservation and your hike. Learn more about B.C. provincial restrictions on outdoor gatherings prior to your hike.