Yukoners may camp on public land for recreational purposes. However, authorization under Yukon’s land legislation is required for permanent occupations on public land.
Going out on the land
If you're going out on the land, make sure to find out if the location you plan to camp is on private property or First Nations land.
Where you need permission to camp
- Private land from the landowner
- Settlement Lands from the relevant First Nation government
Use the online land viewer to see a map of Settlement Lands.
Limit gatherings to 10 people
Given the current risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, do not camp in groups larger than 10 people. It's recommended that you restrict your camping to your immediate family.
Social distancing in the outdoors
Maintain safe physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) between people even when you're enjoying the outdoors.
Pack out what you packed in
If you're camping on public land, remember that the law requires you to clean up your garbage and waste. Dispose of RV sewage only at approved facilities or RV dumps. We ask you to follow "leave no trace" practices. By planning to leave no trace as you travel, you'll help:
- keep Yukon green and pristine; and
- minimize damage to our delicate, slow-growing northern ecosystem.
Campfires are permitted on public land unless there’s a fire ban. Read current information on fire bans and restrictions.
You can help prevent wildfires by taking the following measures:
- do not build a fire when it’s windy;
- build the fire on non-flammable mineral soil at least 3 metres (10 feet) away from flammable vegetation;
- remove dry leaves, twigs and other flammable material away from the area around your fire;
- build a fire pit with a ring of rocks;
- keep a bucket with at least 8 litres (2 gallons) of water and a shovel nearby to extinguish the fire;
- keep the fire small and never leave it unattended; and
- put out the campfire before leaving by soaking it with water, stirring and repeating until the ashes are cold to the touch.
Which sites are closed?
To minimize the risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 the following sites are closed:
- territorial campgrounds in Yukon; and
- federal recreation lands including Kluane National Park and Reserve and recreation areas including Log Cabin.
If you have questions about camping on public land, phone the Land Management Branch: 867-667-5215.