A wealth of ways to explore gold rush history

The discovery of Klondike gold in 1896 began a stampede of more than 100,000 prospectors. There’s still gold here, but today it’s the period’s captivating history that draws visitors to the territory.

You’ll find so many ways to experience our gold rush heritage. The world-renowned Chilkoot Trail hike traces the prospectors’ path from Skagway, Alaska, to Bennett Lake in the Yukon. Across the ravine, the White Pass and Yukon Route railway chugs over the pass. In between the trail and the tracks, a scenic highway winds through the coastal mountains to the charming village of Carcross.

Take the drive up to Dawson City, and along the way visit museums, cultural centres and historic sites with fascinating gold rush information and exhibits. Explore preserved paddlewheelers on shore or canoe some, or all, of the river route the gold seekers took from Bennett Lake to the Klondike. There are touches of the gold rush in everything from jewellery to coffee beans to outdoor art.

Tour heritage buildings, stroll boardwalks and get to know larger-than-life gold rush characters as they share their gripping stories about the momentous event that changed the Yukon forever.

Regions: Klondike, Kluane, Southern Lakes, Whitehorse Region Communities: Dawson City, Carcross, Whitehorse
Themes: Heritage & Culture Categories: Heritage & Culture, Klondike Gold Rush