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Pan for Gold in Dawson City!
The exquisite beauty of the Yukon wilderness is strikingly prominent in Dawson City, the heart of the famed 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. With the Gold Rush, came a huge influx of newcomers, also known as “Cheechakos,” into Dawson City. Gorgeous stately homes that were built in town at the turn of the twentieth century boasted the latest modern amenities, including electricity, running water, and telephones. Henceforth, Dawson City became quite the refined city seemingly overnight, which is where the name “Queen City of the North” comes from.
Newcomers will want to experience the thrilling, yet tedious task of panning for gold in this gorgeously rugged wilderness where so many have dug before you. Venture out to the famous goldfields of Dawson City, where you can learn how to pan for your own gold. Claim # 33 is located at Goldfields 66, where they will teach you how to pan for gold for around $15 a person. Just a short 9-mile drive up Bonanza Creek Road, on the left is Gold Claim #6. While visitors are only allowed to use original hand-mining tools, including a pick-ax, gold pan, and shovel; you are always welcome to bring your own gold pan or you can rent one in town. This fun, family-friendly attraction provides visitors some perspective on the Gold Rush Era, while also allowing them to be outside enjoying the scenic Yukon wilderness. This first-hand gold-panning experience gives visitors a new appreciation for the strenuous work involved with manually digging and panning for gold. The best part is, it’s a free claim, so you can keep whatever gold you find, for free!
To experience the unforgettable Yukon wilderness by simply driving through it, hop on the 80-mile Top of the World Highway (Hwy 9), from Dawson City. This picturesque road trip offers visitors much to feast their eyes on and is especially important for those who are interested in taking this scenic road all the way up to Alaska.