Pan-American Highway Yukon

The Klondike Highway

Today we have branched off the Alaska Highway and started up the Klondike Highway to Dawson City. The Klondike Highway roughly follows the route that the river boats took from Whitehorse to Dawson City. Those river boats brought ore from the gold mines and silver mines upstream to Whitehorse, where the railway was, and they supplied the towns with provisions on the way downstream to Dawson City.

Five Finger Rapid on the Yukon River.
The river boats had to navigate the Five Finger Rapid – a tricky maneuver.
Five Finger Rapid – they had to get the river boats through here.
The Tintina Trench.

We explored downtown Dawson City which still has an early 1900’s look to it. We had fish and chips on Front Street for lunch. Then we explored an indigenous cultural center. After that we went and checked out an old gold dredge. Plenty of money was made by the corporate dredgers and almost none by the thousands of stampeders in the gold rush.

Downtown Dawson City
A Klondike gold dredge.

The next day we visited the site of the discovery claim that led to the Klondike gold rush. We also checked out the Dome viewpoint high above the town.

This is the spot where gold was first discovered.
Dome Viewpoint.

Cheers, Chris

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