Being Prepared For Winter In Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site – Parks Canada
20 January 2022 – Klondike Snowmobile Association
Hi all! Parks Canada has kindly asked us to share the following message:
Being prepared for winter in Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site starts from home by Parks Canada
On these dark -40 January mornings, familiar enough to Yukoners yet still a challenge for many of us, we often wonder, is the lure of White Pass just as strong? Will snowmobilers and skiers alike head out to the endless slopes and deep powder? Is Log Cabin parking lot seeing any traffic apart from the odd raven atop an outhouse? Our guess is no, not today – it’s absolutely frigid out there, and this cold snap will eventually break after all, and the Pass, the snow fields, the Log Cabin parking lot and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site (CTNHS) will be waiting and welcoming. Why temp a dead battery or worse while cozy at home on a second cup of coffee? But like we said, that’s just our guess.
While this cold snap is certain to break in the coming days (and likely has by the time this is published), many of us start this new year wondering when the continued threat of Covid will break. Setting into our second winter of the pandemic, Yukon has seen surges in outdoor recreation in all seasons, a good thing and likely tied to the positive benefits of outdoor physical activity. If the last two years are any indication, Parks Canada expects continued high winter use of CTNHS, particularly at Log Cabin parking lot where snow-searching recreationalists tend to stage from. Here are some reminders on how to stay safe while recreating within the site this winter, whether navigating Covid or the ins and outs of being prepared for a winter day (or days) in the backcountry:
Did you know that:
- Camping in the Log Cabin parking lot is currently authorized under Superintendent’s Order until May 15, 2022? Following Covid protocol is mandatory.
- Every third weekend (Friday to Sunday) is designated as non-motorized throughout the winter, meaning snowmobiles and other motorized vehicles cannot operate within site boundaries? There is an exception for cars and trucks accessing Log Cabin, but unloading and loading snowmobiles in not permitted.
- Users can access historic Lindeman City and Bennett City, and camp adjacent to day-use shelters while following some restricted use regulations at each of the sites? Ensure ice is solid before all lake, river or creek travel and watch for overflow.
- Yukon Highways and Public Works (Fraser) plows the Log Cabin parking lot on Parks Canada’s behalf as and when other priority areas allow. If the lot is inaccessible, respect this hard working team and other highway users by not parking on the road. Use other pull-outs including the lot at Fraser which often has ample space. A big shout out and thank you to the Yukon Highways team at Fraser for all their work, particularly throughout these record breaking snow seasons!
Do your part in keeping the site clean by packing out what you pack in, not littering or leaving fire debris, and tidying outhouses after use. Learn more about winter recreation in CTNHS from the comfort of your home, and respect fellow visitors in all forms of recreation once you hit the snow.
Parks Canada Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site facilitates a Winter User Group made up of non-profit and government groups who interact directly with the historic site. It meets once annually at a minimum, to discuss safe and respectful joint use of the site. The group has recently complied a Winter-Use Information Kit to unify and share messaging on safe and responsible recreation, particularly during the ongoing pandemic. Parks Canada is grateful to the member groups who participate, many of which operate on volunteer time, including the Klondike Snowmobile Association. The collective and continued input into the conversation is much appreciated.
Enjoy the winter season ahead, stay warm, and plug in those cars, trucks and snowmobiles. For now, we may just dive into cup number three.
Learn more about winter activities at the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site any time on Parks Canada’s website at https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/yt/chilkoot/activ/hiver-winter!