“I wanted the gold, and I got it . . .” – Robert Service
This spirited annual competition celebrates Yukon’s golden heritage and an industry that’s still alive and well in the Klondike. Part of Dawson City’s Canada Day celebrations, the competition is open to amateurs and professionals alike. Try your hand at extracting gold flake from a bucket of dirt in a variety of events, and experience what it’s like to be a goldpanner in the Yukon.
In 1896, prospectors found gold in a creek near Dawson City. When the news got out, over 100,000 prospectors rushed to Dawson City, followed soon by Mounties, entrepreneurs and dancehall girls.
Today, the town is still abuzz - a lively place bursting with heritage sites and attractions. Come stroll the boardwalks with characters straight out of history. Tour historic buildings teeming with stories. Take in a show and whoop it up like a stampeder. Search for gold under the midnight sun. You may be surprised what you discover.