The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places, green spaces, day use areas and trails that are closed.

Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

Update for June 1, 2020 - Gradual reopening of Parks Canada places

As of June 1, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Openings will differ across the country.

This means:

  • As of June 1, you may be able to access certain Parks Canada places near you.
  • Access to some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at some locations will be permitted.
  • Group activities and public events are suspended until further notice.
  • Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.

We will continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, avalanche control, among others.

You are encouraged to purchase a Discovery Pass online before your visit as admission fees may be collected at the Parks Canada place you plan to visit.

Update for June 17, 2020 - Camping resumption

Starting June 22, 2020, Parks Canada will begin to offer some camping services at select national parks and national historic sites across the country. Initially, camping will be available only to visitors with existing reservations. Parks Canada will gradually begin to accept new online reservations for some campgrounds over the coming weeks.


As of June 1, Kluane National Park and Reserve began a gradual reopening of some outdoor areas, facilities and services.

Important information about your visit to Kluane National Park and Reserve

What’s open (updated June 22, 2020)

Kathleen Lake

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.

Kathleen Lake Campground is open.

  • 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.
  • Campfires are allowed in established rings at each campsite only. Firewood will be supplied on site.
  • 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.

Kathleen Lake Day Use Area is open

  • Campfires are allowed in established rings only. Firewood will be supplied on site.
  • The boat launch is open.
  • Outhouses are open and will be cleaned twice daily.
  • The Kathleen Lake Day Use Shelter will remain closed.

Backcountry hiking and camping

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

  • Registration and de-registration by phone is mandatory for all overnight use in Kluane National Park and Reserve. As our visitor centres remain closed, registration will be managed by our call centre.
  • The use of approved bear-resistant food canisters is mandatory for all overnight trips within the park.
  • A Fire Ban is in effect for all backcountry areas of 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.

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.

Boating and Fishing

Boating and Fishing is open on approved lakes and rivers:

  • Kathleen Lake
  • Mush Lake
  • Dezadeash River to confluence with Kaskawulsh
  • St Elias Lake

Kluane National Park and Reserve fishing licences can be purchased at Fas Gas and Top Spot in Haines Junction.

What’s closed (updated June 22, 2020)

Visitor Centres

  • Kluane National Park and Reserve Visitor Centre at Da Kų will remain closed until further notice
  • Thechàl Dhâl’ Visitor Centre will remain closed until further notice

Visitor facilities

  • Kathleen Lake Day Use Shelter will remain closed for the summer
  • The oTENTik accommodations at Kathleen Lake Campground will remain closed until at least July 15, 2020
    • All existing reservations set to take place prior to July 15, 2020, will be automatically cancelled and refunded in full.
    • Parks Canada will not be taking new reservations until at least July 15, 2020.
    • If you have a reservation after July 15, 2020, you do not need to cancel this reservation. You are encouraged to check back closer to your arrival regarding cancellations.
  • A general fire ban is in effect for Kluane National Park and Reserve. All open fires are prohibited, with the exception of the fire rings at Kathleen Lake Day Use Area and Campground.

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 open.

  • 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 by phone 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.
  • A Fire Ban is in effect for all backcountry areas of 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.

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