Permits and reservations

Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site

During the summer hiking season (June 1 to September 13), every person overnighting on the Chilkoot Trail, and day users on the Canadian portion of the Chilkoot Trail, require a permit. Those without required permits are subject to fines.

June hiking presents early season winter-like conditions. Expect and prepare to hike through snow and stay avalanche aware.

  Fees apply.

Permits are not required outside the summer hiking season.

Reserving your permits

Please note that the U.S. side of the trail is closed to through hiking and overnight camping for the 2024 season.

Mandatory hike orientation

In-person orientations are mandatory for all hikers, and are available daily at 9am at the S.S. Klondike in Whitehorse, or by appointment. You will be issued your trail permit at your orientation. Please incorporate time to attend an orientation session within a week of your Chilkoot Trail hike. You will receive more information on orientations when you make your reservation.

Chilkoot Reservation Line

Monday to Friday, during business hours (Pacific Time)

  • 1-800-661-0486 Canada and U.S.
  • 1-867-667-3910 local and overseas

Please leave a clear, short message with your name and phone number to ensure you get a call back as soon as possible.

Before calling to reserve please ensure that you can provide us with the following information:

  • Number of Adults (18 yrs+); Youth (6 to 17); and Children (5 yrs and under)
  • Number of tent sites needed
  • Your itinerary: desired dates and campgrounds
  • Credit card information
  • Cancellation policy
    Standard cancellation policy:
    • Permit fees are refundable up to 3 weeks (21 days) in advance of your trip start date
    • Reservation fees are non-refundable
    • To cancel your reservation, call 1-800-661-0486 or 1-867-667-3910 and be prepared to provide Parks Canada with your booking number, the name the booking was made under, the number of permits being cancelled, and a phone number where we can reach you (should you leave a message)

Group size

Maximum group size in Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site is limited to 12 hikers. Groups of nine to twelve hikers are considered to be large groups. Only one large group is permitted at each campground per night.

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