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. Fees apply.

Planning is still happening to determine what summer 2021 will be like at Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site. We will begin taking reservations for large groups later this fall. We anticipate opening the reservation line to all other users in January 2021. Stay tuned here for more information in the coming months.


Trip Permits

Trip Permits are required for camping along the Chilkoot Trail from June 1 to September 13. For those overnighting only on the American side of the Trail a US Trip Permit is required. For those overnighting only on the Canadian portion of the trail a Canadian Trip Permit is required. A combined Trip Permit is issued for those hiking the entire trail.

In order to maintain a high quality hiking experience and to minimize the impact of hikers on Park resources:

  • A maximum of 50 hikers per day will be Permitted to enter Canada over Chilkoot Pass
  • Group size is limited to a maximum of 12
  • Only one large group (9 - 12 people) per day is permitted to cross Chilkoot Pass
  • Camping is allowed in designated campgrounds only

Reservations

Chilkoot Reservation Line

Monday to Friday, 8 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:

  • Numbers of Adults (18 yrs+); Youth (6 to 17); and Children (5 yrs and under)
  • Number of tent sites needed
  • Your hiking itinerary. If you have not yet selected your campgrounds, please consult Choosing your campgrounds
  • Credit card information

You will need to arrange your own transportation to and from Bennett. Ensure you give yourself enough time to satisfy any necessary schedules.

All fees are payable at time of reservation.

Last minute reservations

Never hesitate to contact us about last minute availability. People sometimes cancel unwanted reservations roughly one month prior to their reserved start date.

Cancellations


Permit fees are refundable up to one calendar month prior to start date. Reservation fees are non-refundable. To cancel your reservation call 1-800-661-0486: please be prepared to provide us with the booking number, the name the booking was made under, the number of permits being cancelled and a phone number where you can be reached. Refunds will be credited to the credit card number used to make the reservation.

Picking up reserved permits


You must pick up your reserved Permits and register for Customs at the Trail Center in Skagway.

Reserved permits can be picked up the day before, or on the day that you begin your hike. When picking up your Permits, all hikers must be present and have proper border crossing documentation with them.


Mandatory orientation

Trail orientations are mandatory and are scheduled at 8 am, 10 am, noon, 2 pm and 4 pm (Alaska Time) every day.

Please allow approximately 30 minutes for an orientation. All hikers must attend.

An optional 13 minute bear safety video will be shown before and after orientations and throughout the day.

We encourage drop-ins for Permits and Customs registration (about 15 minutes) to avoid line-ups before and after orientations.

Walk-on permits


Eight Permits to enter Canada over Chilkoot Pass are held for Walk-ons each day. Walk-on permits are issued on a first-come first-serve basis at the Trail Center the day before or on the day that you wish to start your hike. Parks Canada cannot guarantee availability of Walk-on Permits though delays of more than a day are generally uncommon.

You must specify which campgrounds you will stay at for each night of your trip when your walk-on permit is issued. When picking up walk-on permits, all hikers must be present and have proper border crossing documentation with them.

Payment is by debit or credit card only.

Mandatory orientation

Trail orientations are mandatory and are scheduled at 8 am, 10 am, noon, 2 pm and 4 pm (Alaska Time) every day.

Please allow approximately 30 minutes for an orientation. All hikers must attend.

An optional 13 minute bear safety video will be shown before and after orientations and throughout the day.

Bennett Camping Permits

For those overnighting in Bennett from June 1 to September 13, Bennett Camping Permits are required. Your Bennett Camping Permit is valid for day use on the Canadian portion of the Chilkoot Trail. Canadian Trip Permits and Day Permits are valid for camping in Bennett.

There is no onsite registration. Permits are available from the Parks Canada office in Whitehorse, Skookum Jim House in Carcross or the Trail Center in Skagway.

  • Maximum group size is 12
  • Camping is allowed in designated campsites only

Reservations are recommended.

Reservations

Chilkoot Reservation Line

Monday to Friday, 8 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:

  • Numbers of Adults (18 yrs+); Youth (6 to 17); and Children (5 yrs and under)
  • Number of tent sites needed
  • Your dates
  • Credit card information

You will need to arrange your own transportation to and from Bennett. Ensure you give yourself enough time to satisfy any necessary schedules.

All fees are payable at time of reservation.

Day Permits

A Day Permit is required for day hiking or day running on the Canadian portion of the trail from June 1 to September 13. Day users remaining on the US portion of the trail (Dyea to Chilkoot Pass) and visitors to Bennett who will not be using the Chilkoot Trail do not require Day Permits.

Day Permits for a same day start will not be issued after 12:00 noon.