Duration: 7 Days
Getting Started
Season: Summer

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. 

Day 1 – Headwaters of the Yukon River

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 Nations people took part in the race for gold.

Day 2 – Day trip to Skagway

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.

Days 3-5 – Yukon River corridor to the Klondike

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.

Days 6-7 – Klondike Culture
People playing cards at Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall

Head to Diamond Tooth Gerties, Canada's oldest gambling hall to enjoy cancan dancing just like 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. Join a Parks Canada walking tour and visit Dawson's unique national historic sites.

Must See & Do
Places to Stay
On the Klondike Trail
On the Klondike Trail
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Hotels and motels, B&Bs, hostels, and campgrounds and RV parks – browse the accommodations listings and find your fit.
Don't Forget
On the Klondike Trail
Discover many of the Yukon's secrets on a sightseeing day trip or guided tour in Whitehorse, Dawson City, Carcross and many other Yukon communities.
Discover Your Yukon

History, scenery, culture, adventure – closer than you might think! Major commercial airlines connect Whitehorse with Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Kelowna, and Yellowknife. Car, camper and RV rentals are available in Whitehorse.