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


Important information about your visit to Kluane National Park and Reserve

If you are a Yukon resident or you meet the conditions for entry to Yukon, and are not required to self-isolate, you are welcome to visit Kluane National Park and Reserve and participate in Parks Canada programming.

What’s open (updated November 20, 2020)

Kathleen Lake

Kathleen Lake Day Use Area is open

  • Kathleen Lake Day Use Shelter is open
  • Campfires are allowed in established rings only. Firewood supplied on site.

Please be as self-sufficient as possible, practice excellent hygiene and maintain a two-metre distance from people outside your combined household bubble. Pack everything you need and bring your own water, soap, and hand sanitizer. Details.

Backcountry hiking and camping

Use of all trails and routes, and backcountry camping is permitted.

  • Overnight camping is allowed without a permit from November 16 to March 31, except for the Kluane Icefields area.
  • The use of bear resistant food canisters is not required between November 16 and March 31. While most bears have gone to den for the winter, some can remain active year round, especially if they have a food source or are malnourished. Carrying bear spray, and keeping it warm and accessible, is recommended year-round.
  • Commercial operators may operate in the park with a Kluane National Park and Reserve Business License and COVID-19 Operational Plan in accordance with Yukon Government regulations.

Overnight registration.

Alsek River

Visitors are able to obtain permits for rafting the section of the Alsek River within Kluane National Park and Reserve. Please refer to the Rafting the Alsek River page for all the details on how to register for Alsek River rafting trips.

  • Commercial operators will need a Parks Canada Business License, along with a COVID-19 Operational Plan as required by Yukon Government regulations.
  • If you have scheduled a rafting trip with the park please contact us to discuss your options.
  • If you have a made a reservation with a commercial operator please contact them directly for information about your booking.
What’s closed (updated November 20, 2020)

Visitor Centres

The Kluane National Park and Reserve Visitor Centre at Da Kų Cultural Centre in Haines Junction and the Thechàl Dhâl’ Visitor Centre are closed for the season.

Visitor facilities

Kathleen Lake Campground and oTENTik accommodation is closed for the season.

Mountaineering

Search and rescue capacity has been reduced in Kluane National Park and Reserve. As visitor safety services cannot be ensured for the Icefield Ranges, Parks Canada will not be issuing permits for this area for the 2020 season, with the exception of the Icefield Discovery camp at the base of Mount Queen Mary. This includes both mountaineering and aircraft landing permits.

Camping during COVID-19

Kathleen Lake Campground

Kathleen Lake Campground is closed for the season.

  • The campground operates by self-registration on a first come-first serve basis. Payment can be made at the campground kiosk.
  • Bring all the water you will need. No water will be available at the campground.
  • All outhouses will be cleaned twice daily. RV visitors are asked to use their RV toilet when possible.
  • Parks Canada is following territorial guidelines and requirements with respect to group size restrictions, currently limiting visitors to camping within your combined household bubble. Group camp sites will be treated as individual camping sites.

For more information please refer to the Kathleen Lake page.

Backcountry Camping

Use of all trails and routes for backcountry camping is permitted.

  • Registration and de-registration is mandatory for all overnight use in Kluane National Park and Reserve.
  • The use of approved bear-resistant food canisters is mandatory for all overnight trips within the park.
  • Commercial operators may operate in the park with a Kluane National Park and Reserve Business License and COVID-19 Operational Plan in accordance with Yukon Government regulations.

For all the details on how to register, please refer to Overnight registration.

Your safety when visiting
  • Keep a healthy space of 2 metres between yourself and others.
  • We strongly encourage all visitors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when visiting indoor public spaces at Kluane Natinoal Park and Reserve. An indoor public space is any space with walls and a roof that can be accessed by members of the public.
  • Come prepared with your own “COVID-kit” including hand sanitizer, masks for everyone in your group, water and snacks.
  • Be extra cautious when engaging in any activities to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.
  • Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep these places clean.
  • Abide by all travel advisories and area closures.
  • Bears are feeding on berries. If you’re out on the trails, make sure to stay alert, make noise and carry bear spray.

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