• Nine men pose with gear at the Alaska-British Columbia border in the snow

    Klondike Gold Rush

    National Historical Park Alaska

Bear Safety

Brown bear in a natural field

Brown bear in Dyea

NPS photo

Brown Bears (Ursa arctos) and Black Bears (Ursa americanus) are frequenlty seen along the Chilkoot Trail. It is the responsibility of hikers to properly store food and know how to safety travel in bear country. The park recommends all hikers to view the 20 minute bear safety film at the Klondike Gold Rush NHP Visitor Center and read the materials listed below.

The Bear Facts: Traveling in Bear Country

Parks Canada Link to Bear Safety

Did You Know?

Men standing on railroad grade

After gaining international acclaim for his work on the ground-breaking White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, contractor Michael J. Heney began construction on the Copper River & Northwestern Railway, connecting the remote mining town of Kennecott, Alaska to the coastal port town of Cordova.