The Trail Center in Skagway, Alaska is cooperatively run with the U.S. National Park Service and serves as the permit office for the Chilkoot Trail. Skookum Jim House operated by Parks Canada in Carcross, Yukon as an interpretive centre, is located in the vibrant Carcross Commons.



Trail Center - Skagway, Alaska

Skagway Trail Centre
Trail Center, 520 Broadway in Skagway

Pick up your reserved Permits and register for Customs at the Trail Center in Skagway. Get weather reports, up-to-date trail conditions and watch the video "Staying Safe in Bear Country" before your hike.

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

Walk-in Permits are available on a first-come first-serve basis at the Trail Center the day before or on the day you wish to start your hike.

Mandatory orientation

Trail orientations are mandatory and are scheduled at 8 am10 amnoon2 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.

The Trail Center is now closed for the season, see you next spring!

Skookum Jim House - Carcross, Yukon

Skookum Jim House, Carcross Commons

Enjoy an exhibit of historical photos featuring local First Nations culture and the epic journey over the Chilkoot Trail and down the Yukon River to the Klondike goldfields. A MacBride Museum of Yukon History exhibit is located on the upper floor.

Bennett Camping Permits are available here. Get weather forecasts, up-to-date information on trail conditions and watch the video “Staying Safe in Bear Country” before heading out on your Bennett Camping Adventure.

Gift Shop

Shop our great selection of products to remember your visit to Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site.

Returning Chilkoot Trail hikers get a 20% discount on mementos of your trek from a selection of official Parks Canada Chilkoot Trail merchandise.

Skookum Jim house is now closed for the season, see you next spring!