Discovery Claim

Photo Credit: CTC Mueller
Photo Credit: CTC Mueller

Transport yourself back to August 17, 1896 and discover the very spot where Skookum Jim, Dawson Charlie and George and Kate Carmack stumbled upon gold!

This legally defined mining claim measures 500 by 2000 feet and is located on Bonanza Creek (formerly Rabbit Creek), a tributary of the Klondike River.  Take a stroll along the ‘Discovery Trail’ and find out what spawned one of the greatest migrations of the nineteenth century. History buffs will be impressed with the evidence of various methods of mining, while photography lovers will revel in the unique light that reaches the valley.

Getting Here:

Drive approximately 15 minutes down Bonanza Creek Road (about 20 miles from downtown Dawson).  The claim will be located to your left, with clear signage and parking.  Before venturing out, drop by the Visitor Information Centre to inquire about road conditions and to pick up the Parks Canada Discovery Claim Fact Sheet.


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