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Yukon Gold Panning Championships

July 1, 2014

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. From beginner to professional, each category rewards a first, second and third place- even participants get to keep all the gold they find!

The highlight of the day is the Yukon Open which pits the best the Yukon has to offer against each other. On the line: a trip to the World Gold Panning Championships! (held in Dawson City on four occasions and in a different country every year).

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 1, 2014
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Waterfront Park (Along Front St.)
Front St., Dawson ,


Klondike Visitors Association