Behind the Scenes

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The Klondike National Historic Sites are stewards to hundreds of thousands of gold rush artifacts! How would you like to get your hands on a few of them? In this tour, we take you into the back rooms, the storage areas and the places we store and care for this collection. Find out how Parks Canada takes care of Canadian’s heritage and learn the very special stories that some of these pieces share with us.

 

Parks Canada – Dawson City ESCAPE!

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There’s a saying that the Mounties always get their man! Is it true? See if you can solve a murder that the North West Mounted Police investigated more than one hundred years ago.

What is an Escape Room?

It is a game that you play with a few friends. We lock you and your friends into a room – actually into the office of a North West Mounted Police Officer. You and your friends follow the clues, solve the puzzles and “escape” from the room!  We will give you an hour. An hour to figure out the clues, solve the puzzles and ESCAPE. Think you can do it, can you help the NWMP catch the killer? If you do, you will earn the Official North West Mounted Police Certificate of Genius!

For more information visit Parks Canada’s website here.

The Klondike Experience

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In the summer time, The Klondike Experience operates HUSKY BUS, Yukon’s best choice for
public ground transportation between Whitehorse and Dawson City. We offer Yukoners and
Tourists regular, reliable passenger transportation and parcel service between Dawson City and
Whitehorse, and everywhere along the Klondike Highway. We specialize in transportation of
canoes, kayaks, and world adventurers!

We also offers daily tours of Dawson City and the surrounding area. Get aboard one of our 21
passenger mini-coaches or, for larger groups, let one of our expert guides step-on to your
coach. If you are looking for multi-day tours of the Yukon we offer that as well, just ask!
Looking for biking, hiking, or something exciting? We offer mountain bike rentals, guided hikes,
hiker drop-offs and logistics support, canoe transportation and outfitting, and private charters to
just about anywhere in Yukon and Alaska.

In the winter time, The Klondike Experience is your best bet for Aurora Borealis Viewing,
snowshoe adventures, dogsledding, and sightseeing in Dawson City! We offer multi-day
packages including air transportation, hotels, and meals. For the do-it-yourselfer, we offer à la
carte tour experiences and transportation help to get you going on your next adventure.

www.klondikeexperience.com

B-Line Racing Kennels

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B-Line Kennels is now offering Dog Sledding excursions in Dawson City!

Experience the adventure of a lifetime with B-Line Kennels on this approximately 1.5 hour Dog Sledding excursion.  Meet with your laid-back and cheerful guide, Brian Wilmshurst, and his team of friendly dogs before you take off on the sled.  Then, enjoy the stunning wilderness and nothing but the sound of the dogs doing what they love most.  A great trip for first-time visitors, small groups, and people of all ages.

A little bit about B-Line Kennels:

In 2007 Brian attended the Yukon Quest Start Banquet and watched the mushers take off from the start line.  Instantly, Brian was drawn to the adventure and excitement of dog sled racing!  Since then Brian and his wife Melissa have worked together to gain knowledge and experience on the sport.  Brian believes attitude is everything, and he and his dogs are known for being happy and easy-going. He has won the “Veterinarian’s Choice Award” for best dog care on the trail in the Yukon Quest 300 and twice in the Percy DeWolfe Memorial Mail Race.

What to expect:

  • An experienced and cheerful guide.
  • A team of very friendly Huskies!
  • A beautiful and scenic ride.
  • Great photo opportunities.

Tours available from October to April (weather dependent).

Custom excursions and northern lights viewing are also available for interested parties.

For more information, contact Brian at b-lineracing@hotmail.com / 867-993-5330 / http://www.blinekennels.com/

Parks Canada: Commissioner’s Residence

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The Maid, the Mountie and the Miner is a provocative new program this season will challenge you … history was messy! Human beings with their quirks, power struggles and dreams are brought to life in this program, illustrating how tough situations get when societies and economies and lives change. The Klondike gold rush was a time of immense change and challenge for the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation, and for the hand miners who first dug up these creeks. Take a peek behind the curtain of history and see the REAL story, told by those who were there.

Klondike Spirit

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Cruise the Yukon River in style on the Klondike Spirit. Our paddlewheeler runs the Yukon River daily from May-September offering river tours for all visitors to Dawson City. Come aboard and let us tell you what makes Dawson City and the Yukon River so special.

 

Goldbottom Mine Tours

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What’s it like to be a miner?  What treasures are left in the Klondike Gold Fields?  Are the Dawson City streets really filled with gold?  Get the answers to these questions and more when you visit our active—family owned—gold mine!

This 3-hour tour includes transportation to the Millar mine, which is located at the former town site of Gold Bottom.  During the Gold Rush, this thriving, sociable community boasted a population of approximately 5000 people.  Learn about this once vibrant community, while you view some of the artifacts that these stampeders left behind.

The tour also includes fun and interactive explanations and demonstrations of both historic and modern placer -mining methods and techniques.  From staking a claim to selling your gold, the experts at Goldbottom will share the inside secrets of this fascinating industry.

Now that you’ve learned the tricks of the trade, it’s your turn to try some panning!  The tour concludes with some time swirling and sifting through Hunker Creek.  If you find some gold, it’s yours to keep!

Parks Canada: Harrington’s Store Photo Exhibit

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The photographs displayed at Harrington’s store offer incredible images of Dawson City. From the tent town of the early days to mature territorial capital and throughout the years that followed, these photographs help paint the picture of Dawson’s past. This free exhibit is open daily, so take some time to drop in!

Klondike National Historic Sites Walking Tours

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Dawson Then and Now

Join two of our informative guides on this popular walking tour that compares the Dawson of 1898 to the Dawson of today.

Trek through back alleys, historic buildings and see Dawson City the way locals do… and did. Hear incredible tales about the people that roamed the streets during the Gold Rush, and don’t be surprised when you bump into a few colourful characters along the way.

This tour leaves from the Visitor Information Centre every morning, so whether you’re here for a day, week, month or more, ‘Dawson Then and Now’ is a definite must-do!

Strange Things Done

Whatever stories you’ve heard about the Klondike Gold Rush? The truth is stranger and more wonderful, guaranteed! On this popular walking tour, a costumed guide will take you through buildings which have been meticulously refurbished to the Klondike era, and let you in on the most bizarre and unexpected happenings of the period.

How do you suppose criminals were punished? What kinds of jobs did women do? (No, they weren’t all prostitutes!) How did you get your mail in a “city” of 30,000 with no government services and no shipping in-or-out for 8 months of the year?  Get the answer to all these questions and more!

Self-Guided Walking Tour

This hour and half tour through the core of Dawson City offers a wealth of information about how Dawson grew from a moose pasture to a boom town and beyond. Hear stories about the people who came to here as well as the historic buildings that still line the streets of Dawson. This tour can be rented from the Visitor Information Centre and is offered in English, Français and Deutsch.

Hike Through History with the Klondike National Historic Sites

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The history of this region is far older than the Klondike gold rush! In fact people’s relationship with the land has changed drastically before, during and after the heyday of the gold rush. This delightful guided hike takes you up the hill behind the town, and provides a fun historical perspective of the changes in the land and the people’s relationship to it. Enjoy a hike, and be rewarded with the spectacular viewpoint at the end!