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

Backcountry permits

Search and rescue capacity has been reduced in Kluane National Park and Reserve as a result of COVID-19. 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. This includes both mountaineering and aircraft landing permits.

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.



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 20, 2020 register at the Kluane Visitor Centre in the Da Kų Cultural Centre in Haines Junction, seven days per week, from 9 am to 4 pm, or 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.


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.

2020 Shoulder season

From September 21 to November 15, 2020 you can register and pay for overnight backcountry camping in one of two ways:

Online registration
Fill out a Pre-registration form online at least 48 hours in advance. We will contact you to confirm your permit and process payment. For more information, please call 867-634-5248.

Fill out the backcountry permit and payment forms found in the self-registration box located to the right of the kiosk outside the Kluane National Park and Reserve Visitor Centre at the Da Kų Cultural Centre in Haines Junction.

Bear resistant food canisters

During the shoulder season, bear resistant food canisters are only available for trips inside the park. Call 867-634-5248 in advance to arrange a time to pick up your canisters in Haines Junction. Please note that it may take up to 24 hrs for us to respond to your request.

Backcountry permit fees apply.


Overnight camping is allowed without a permit from November 16 to March 31 except 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. You are also encouraged to carry a satellite phone or or other satellite GPS messenger device, such as a SPOT® or inReach® 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 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, bear resistant food canister are only available for trips inside the park. Call 867-634-5248 to arrange a time to pick up the mandatory canisters in Haines Junction. 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.


In most cases your backcountry permit will allow a campfire but camp stoves are preferred. Campfires may be restricted at certain times during the season or never allowed in some areas.

If you use a fire, try to build it in an area free of vegetation and on sand or gravel and then scatter evidence when you leave. Do not leave developed fire rings. Fire pits are often visible for years, especially in fragile areas.

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. "Shortcutting" between trail switchbacks damages both the soil and plant life, leaving the area more susceptible to further erosion damage.
  • When hiking off-trail try to avoid fragile areas and spread out if possible.
  • Follow a "pack in, pack out" policy, taking out all supplies and/or garbage taken in.