Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts

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:

  • Register at the Kluane Visitor Centre in the Daku Cultural Centre in Haines Junction from 9 am to 6 pm, seven days per week, or
  • Register by phone from 9 am to 4 pm, seven days per week. Call: 867-634-7207
    • Please do not call to register more than 24 hours prior to the beginning of your hike, to ensure you receive the most current information before you head into the park.

The use of approved bear-resistant food canisters is mandatory for all overnight trips within the park:

  • Bear resistant food canisters are available with registration. A $100 damage deposit (credit card or cash) is required and will be refunded once the canister is returned.
  • Each canister is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between each loan.

Upon completing your trip, you must check back in with the park. If you fail to deregister you may be financially responsible for the search for your group.

Please note:

  • A Fire Ban is in effect.
  • Some backcountry locations have defined camping areas with associated outhouses. These outhouses are not maintained and visitors are responsible for bringing their own toilet paper and supplies to ensure proper hygiene.
  • Please maintain a two-metre distance from people outside your combined household bubble.
  • 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.

Visit the Kluane National Park and Reserve COVID-19 page for updates on park facilities and services.

Backcountry permits | Bear resistant food canisters | Campfires | Area closures | Reducing your impact


Backcountry permits

Backcountry permits / registration are required for all overnight activities within the Kluane Icefields area of the park.

For all other areas of the park backcountry permits/safety registration are required for all overnight activities (with the exception of Kathleen Lake Campground) between April 1 and November 15, 2020.

Fees

De-registration

Upon completing your trip, you must check back in with the park (either by phone or at the self-registration box). If you fail to deregister you may be financially responsible for the search for your group.

Summer Season

From July 16 to September 27, 2020 you can register for overnight trips into the park at the visitor centre.  Please arrive an hour before closing to give staff time to process your permit.

Pre-registration

To save time during the registration process you can use the Pre-Registration form. You will still need to complete your registration at the visitor centre in Haines Junction, but submitting your information ahead of time will speed up that process. 

You may submit a pre-registration form for overnight backcountry trips up to two weeks in advance of your start date. Please submit your pre-registration at least 48 hours in advance to allow adequate time for processing.

Shoulder season

From April 1 to May 14, 2020 and from September 28 to November 15, 2020 visitors must self-register at the Kluane National Park Visitor Centre located in the Da Kų Cultural Centre in Haines Junction.

Call 867-634-7250 ext 215 in advance to arrange a time with Parks Canada staff to pick up the mandatory bear resistant food canisters. A self registration kiosk is located at the front door of the Visitor Centre.

Backcountry permit fees apply.

Off-season

Overnight camping is allowed without a permit from November 16 to March 31 excpet for the Kluane Icefields area. 

During the time periods that backcountry permits are not required, you are responsible for your own safety. You should file a travel plan with a friend or family member whether you are heading out for the day or on a multi-day trip. Visitors are also encouraged to carry satellite phones or personal locater beacons as cell phones are out of range in most areas of the park.

Bear resistant food canisters

Approved bear resistant food canisters are mandatory on ALL overnight trips in the Park between April 1 and November 15, EXCEPT in the following areas:

Bear resistant food canister
Bear resistant food canister
  • Kluane Icefields
  • Kathleen Lake Campground (food and other bear attractants must be secured in a motor-vehicle, or one of the food lockers supplied in the campground)
  • Mush Lake Backcountry Campsite (food and other bear attractants must be secured in a motor-vehicle)

Approved bear-resistant food containers are those products listed as certified by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee.

Bear resistant food canisters are available free-of charge with registration. A $100 damage deposit (credit card or cash) is required and will be refunded once the canister is returned.

During the shoulder season call 867-634-7250 ext 215 to arrange a time with Parks Canada staff to pick up the mandatory bear resistant food canisters. It is strongly recommended that this arrangement is made in advance of your arrival to Haines Junction.

The use of bear resistant food canisters is not required between November 16 and March 31.

Campfires

A Fire Ban is in effect for all backcountry areas of the park.

Area closures

Areas may be temporarily closed for safety or environmental reasons.

Reducing your impact

  • When possible, try to tent on a site that is free of vegetation such as sand or fine gravel and do not cut vegetation for shelters.
  • Drain wash water (strain out food) into soil that is well away from lakes and streams and keep the use of soap (even biodegradable soap) to a minimum.
  • Use facilities wherever they exist. When there are none nearby, select a spot at least 50m away from water sources, and away from the trails and camping sites. Dig a small hole and cover it with soil afterward. Pack out used toilet paper or burn it if the fire hazard is low.
  • On established trails travel single file and stay on the trail. When hiking off-trail try to avoid fragile areas and spread out if possible. "Shortcutting" between trail switchbacks damages both the soil and plant life, leaving the area more susceptible to further erosion damage.
  • Follow a "pack in, pack out" policy, taking out all supplies and/or garbage taken in.