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Yukon Gold Panning Championships

July 4 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Gold Panning (3)

Panners of all skills and ages are invited to join this event that is based on a combination of efficiency and speed.  This open competition celebrates Yukon’s heritage as well as the mining industry that still thrives today!

7 categories are run through the day and there’s sure to be one that suits your ability level. Skill levels range from those who have never held a gold pan in their hands to those who make a living mining.  From beginner to professional, each category rewards a first, second and third place- all participants get to keep all the gold they find! Check out this year’s schedule here, and don’t miss out on the exhibitions planned between panning!

How the event works:

–        Panners are given an equal amount of dirt in a container (usually a pan or bucket’s worth).

–        Each container of dirt contains Five (5) to Twelve (12) gold flakes- as small as a grinded piece of pepper!

–        Each participant is given the same amount of flakes per categories.

–        Each participant is not told and does not know the amount of flakes in their category.

–        Panners pan out their container until they find gold (hopefully).

–        Gold is transferred to a vial.

–        Vial is shown to a scrutineer.

–        Scrutineer and panner confirm amount of gold

–        For each piece of gold missing from original container of dirt, panner is penalized three minutes

–        Winners of categories are determined by final time (Final time is a combination of time completed container and penalty minutes added)



July 4
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Waterfront Park (Along Front St.)
Front St., Dawson ,


Klondike Visitors Association