CTNHS Open For Winter Use

Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site Is Open For Winter Use

15 December 2020, updated 16 December 2020 – Klondike Snowmobile Association

Starting on 15 December 2020, Parks Canada has opened the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site for winter use. The site was previously closed to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Snowmobilers and other backcountry users are once again welcome to enjoy the site, however please note there are some additional restrictions in place due to covid-19. A full list is available on Parks Canada’s website at https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/yt/chilkoot/visit/covid-19-info.

Highlights include:

  • Please follow all regulations and schedules and respect other user groups.
  • Your safety is your responsibility. All visitors must be self reliant as there is minimal emergency response within the site.
  • Bring everything you need in, and pack everything you bring out, there is very little site maintenance during winter months.
  • Avoid entering vulnerable communities while travelling to and from the site.
  • Continue to follow all recommendations regarding covid-19, including frequent hand cleaning, face coverings, physical distancing, etc.
  • Stay within your bubble. It’s okay to recreate with a couple friends or family members, but avoid social gatherings or congregating in large groups.
  • For more details and a full list please check the Parks Canada website link above.

There is now a Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site Winter Information Kit available, which is applicable from 15 December 2020 through 15 May 2021. You can download it here:

Additionally, as in past years, a winter use schedule for this season has been posted. Every third weekend throughout the winter has been designated as non-motorized only in the entire Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site, including the Log Cabin parking lot. This applies to all of the Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the weekends listed. All other times are considered multi-use during which snowmobiles are welcome.

The 2020/2021 schedule is posted on the Parks Canada website at https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/yt/chilkoot/bulletins/0A9FB15C-27BE-4C8D-9036-3C5EA67D528E and is also listed on our Events page at http://ksa.yk.ca/coming-events/.

As always, when riding in the mountains please use safe snowmobiling habits and always be prepared for and aware of avalanches. Always check the reports and forecasts before you go, and never enter potential avalanche terrain without proper training and equipment.

For more avalanche information please visit:

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