Discovery Claim National Historic Site is where gold was discovered in 1896, triggering the Klondike Goldrush. It is a legally defined mining claim measuring 500 by 2000 feet located on Bonanza Creek, a tributary of the Klondike River near Dawson City, Yukon. The site is in a deep valley which has been mined heavily since the discovery, first by hand then with mechanized equipment.

The discovery story's details vary, but it is generally held that Keish / Skookum Jim Mason, of the Tagish First Nation, discovered the gold. Soon after the discovery, every creek and hillside in the Klondike was being worked.

Explore the 1.5-km/1-mile interpretive trail with the site guide, the Explora app, or the Xplorer kid's booklet. See if you can find the Geocache.

Bonjour! For more information, call 867-993-7200 or visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/klondike.

Box 390
Parks Canada
Dawson City YT Y0B 1G0
Canada

We offer services in English and French

Discovery Claim National Historic Site

  • Address:

    Box 390
    Parks Canada
    Dawson City YT Y0B 1G0
    Canada

  • Ph: 867.993.7200

We offer services in English and French

Regions: Klondike Communities: Dawson City
Categories: Hiking, Historic Sites