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Contact: Ben Hayes, 907-983-9206
Skagway – The National Park Service and Parks Canada, have finalized the overnight recreational fee for the Chilkoot Trail at $61.30 Canadian Dollars (CAD) for adults and $30.60 CAD for youth ages 6-16. Parks Canada will begin accepting 2018 hiker reservations on Wednesday, January 17. To reserve, call 1-867-667-3910 or toll free from Canada and the U.S. 1-800-661-0486. To learn more about reserving a Chilkoot Trail hiking permit, visit nps.gov/klgo/planyourvisit/permits.
The combined fee includes both a Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park fee at $20 U.S. Dollars (USD) for adults, $10 USD for youth and a Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site fee at $34.30 CAD for adults and $17.10 CAD for youth. The fees are combined into Canadian Dollars and adjusted each year according to the exchange rate.
The hiking experience has improved over the last decade thanks to projects funded by fees. The declining number of visitor injuries and costly medical evacuations from the back-country can be in part attributed to the high quality of trail construction and maintenance over the last several years.
“Fee revenue enables the park to improve trail conditions and safety, enhance facilities, and provide a more enjoyable back-country experience for the visitor,” stated Superintendent Mike Tranel.
Recreation fee revenue has enabled the park to complete projects such as the replacement of older traditional pit toilets with newly designed and more environmentally sustainable toilet systems and for periodic replacement of warming shelter covers and deteriorating camp amenities such as wood stoves and bear-proof food lockers. Additional revenue generated by a fee increase will help ensure facilities and services continue at a level the Chilkoot Trail hiker has come to expect.