The story of the Klondike Gold Rush began when Skookum Jim and his companions struck gold near Dawson City. Start your journey near Jim's birthplace, the picturesque village of Carcross where the highway, railway and waterways intersect. Find out how First Nation's people took part in the race for gold.
Follow the Trail of '98 from Yukon River headwaters to the Klondike. Along the way, visit national historic sites, museums and cultural centres that share the Klondike Gold Rush story. Visit Carcross, Skagway, Whitehorse and Dawson City, and make time for diversions to Fort Selkirk and the Silver Trail. Peel back the layers on one of the most captivating historic events of our time.
In 1898 thousands of hopeful miners flooded into coastal Skagway, Alaska. Your visit to Skagway may involve a historic walking tour or a trip on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway. Hikers planning to traverse the historic Chilkoot Trail start their journey at nearby Dyea.
Must-see attractions on the Whitehorse riverfront include the S.S. Klondike paddlewheeler and MacBride Museum's gold rush, RCMP and First Nations exhibits. Find out about boat tours to Fort Selkirk, and explore the riverside villages of Carmacks and Pelly Crossing. Take a side trip on the Silver Trail to learn about Yukon's silver mining heritage.
Join a Parks Canada walking tour and visit Dawson's national historic sites. Head to the casino and enjoy cancan dancing, just as the prospectors did a century ago. Join the infamous Sourtoe Cocktail Club – be sure to let your lips touch the toe! Visit Tr'ochëk to learn how First Nations people were affected by the gold rush. Visit the Discovery Claim and imagine that day in 1896 when Skookum Jim made his big find.