Backcountry permits

Visitors to Kluane National Park and Reserve are required to register prior to and de-register upon completion of any overnight activities during the dates listed below. (Fees apply)

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

For all other areas of the park between April 1 and November 15, 2017 backcountry permits are required for all overnight activities (with the exception of Kathleen Lake Campground). Overnight camping is allowed without a permit after November 15 (outside the Kluane Icefields area and the Kathleen Lake Day Use Parking Lot).

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.

Summer Season: You can register for overnight trips into the park at the visitor centres during the operational season. Please arrive at the centre an hour before closing times to give staff time to process your permit.

From September 25 to November 15 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 216 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.

De-registration

Upon completing a trip, hikers 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.

Bear resistant food canisters

Approved bear resistant food canisters are mandatory on ALL overnight trips in the Park between April 1st and November 15th, 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)
  • For permitted river rafting trips on the Alsek and Dezadeash rivers where an alternate system for storing bear attractants may be used

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 216 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

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. 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.