From Glaciers to Gold Fields: An eye-popping frontier unchanged since the days of the Klondike Gold Rushers. It was 1897 when gold was discovered in a creek in the heart of Canada’s Yukon Territory, placing the small town of Dawson City abruptly on the map. Soon after, over 100,000 would-be miners, carrying a year’s worth of provisions, set off in search of riches, tackling miles upon miles of rugged mountains and rushing rivers. Join us as we journey from Skagway, Alaska to Dawson City, Yukon by foot, train, canoe and floatplane, reliving a chapter in Canada’s history defined by irresistible opportunity, indomitable spirit and irrefutable grit – and taking in some of the most majestic scenery the great Northwest wilderness has to offer.
Set off from the one-time boom town of Dyea, Alaska on a 4.5 day trek along the Chilkoot Trail, walking in the footsteps of the Gold Rushers as you traverse coastal rainforest, high alpine tundra and sub-alpine boreal forest.
Ascend the Golden Stairs over Chilkoot Pass into Canada, marveling at the remnants of stampeder supplies, over a century old, discarded along the trail, and trek to Bennett Lake, where logs were once whipsawed into boats, and where a float plane will whisk you away over the imposing Coast Mountains.
Canoe the mighty Yukon River, pausing to reel in a massive inconnu fish, or to watch a black bear feast on his own catch at river’s edge, before basking in the warmth of a willow branch sauna and listening to campfire stories of life at the turn of the 20th century in the great northern frontier.
Explore what was once the largest mechanized gold extraction apparatus in North America and learn the proper techniques of panning for gold from a local miner at an active dredge in Dawson City, a one-time tent city turned bona-fide historical landmark.
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