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Chilkoot Trail trek - July 2020 (7/1/2020)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike - Backpack
Event Location: WAY UP NORTH - To the Yukon & Alaska!
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Jul 1 2020, Thu, Jul 2 2020, Fri, Jul 3 2020, Sat, Jul 4 2020, Sun, Jul 5 2020, Mon, Jul 6 2020, Tue, Jul 7 2020, Wed, Jul 8 2020, Thu, Jul 9 2020  10:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Sun, May 31 2020 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:8 or 9 days
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Lorrie W
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Member Cost:$75.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:12
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 12 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

The Chilkoot Trail is a 53 km trail that crosses over an international border from the U.S. to Canada. The trail takes you through the Coast Mountains that leads from Dyea, Alaska, in the United States, to Bennett, British Columbia, in Canada.

It was a major access route from the coast to Yukon goldfields in the late 1890s. The trail became obsolete in 1899 when a railway was built from Dyea's neighbor port Skagway along the parallel White Pass trail. The Chilkoot Trail and Dyea Site was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1978. In 1987, the trail was designated a National Historic Site of Canada. In 1998, the centennial of the gold rush, Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site in British Columbia merged with the U.S. park to create the Klondike Gold Rush International Historical Park.

The tentative plan is to:

Day 1: Fly to Whitehorse, Yukon
Day 2: Shuttle bus to Fraser, BC, catch the scenic train to Skagway, Alaska
Day 3 to 7: Pick up our permits and attend an orientation session. Shuttle bus to Dyea, Alaska and begin our 5 day/4 night trek/camp over the Chilkoot Pass through to Bennett Lake.
Day 7: From Bennett, B.C., we will take the train to Carcross and connect with the bus to Whitehorse, Yukon. Overnight in Whitehorse.
Day 8: Either fly back to Calgary or spend the day exploring Whitehorse and overnight in Whitehorse.
Day 9: Fly back to Calgary if we elect to spend the previous day exploring Whitehorse.

A group permit for 12 has been purchased for the trek commencing July 3, 2019. Campsites have been reserved as follows:

July 3, 2019: Canyon City (12.5 km trek)
July 4, 2019: Sheep Camp (8.4 km trek)
July 5, 2019: Happy Camp (12.1 km trek, includes hiking over the Chilkoot Pass
July 6, 2019: Bare Loon Lake (13.7 km trek)
July 7, 2019: Hike out to Bennett Lake (6.4 km) and catch the train to Carcross.

Required Items to Bring:
Backcountry camping gear. Required items to bring to be discussed at the planning meetings and list provided if required.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.


We will have a couple of planning meetings before the event. The first meeting will be in mid-Dec 2019 to review the train/bus/plane schedules.

6 tent pads (2 people/pad) have been allotted for 12 reservations. Some pads can fit two small tents but these larger tent pads fill up quickly. To be on the safe side, it is recommended 2 people share a tent.

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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$75.00/Person
Cost Includes:(1) $75.00 to be paid by e-transfer by Dec 6, 2019 to cover your permit & reservation fee paid to Parks Canada. E-transfer to

(2) An additional $25.00 for Regular club members, which will be applied to a Premier Membership.

Current Premier members and volunteers are only required to pay $75.00.

(3) Cost of trip, including airfare, accommodations, buses, train and permits will be approximately $1,500.00. Food & drink is extra.

Make a Payment:$3.00 Event Fee (if applicable) to be paid to your event coordinator. Activity fee, if applicable, (i.e. court fee, bowling fee, camping fee, etc.) to be paid as instructed by your event coordinator.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!

No refund on $12.00 reservation fee unless a suitable replacement is found and committed to the event. Buses and trains will be organized by the coordinator but each member will be required to make payment directly to the bus/train companies. Cancellations and refunds to be determined by the bus/train companies. These will be booked in Dec 2019. Expected cost for all train/bus/shuttle tickets is $350 to $400 CAD.

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