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Klondike National Historic Sites of Canada

At your own pace

SS Keno | Commissioner's Residence | Xplorers | Explora – Dredge No. 4 and the Goldfields | Discovery Claim – Self Guiding Trail | Self-Guided Audio Tour of Dawson City | Harrington’s Store “Dawson As They Saw It”

SS Keno

© CTC / F. Mueller

Open: 9:30 am - noon daily
Tickets: available at the Visitor’s Centre

Built in 1922 to transport silver, lead and zinc ore from the mines on the Stewart River, the S.S. Keno was the answer to getting resources into and out of an extremely isolated spot. For many, this steamer was the first and last contact with the outside world each season, and residents lived according to its schedule. Explore this grand lady of the river at your own pace, with a costumed staffer on-hand to provide insight and answer questions.

Commissioner’s Residence

© CTC / F. Mueller

Open: 2:30 - 4:30 pm daily
Tickets: available on-site

Experience the grandeur of the official residence of the Commissioner of the Yukon restored to its 1914 splendor. Throughout the decades it also served as a hospital, and as the home of one of the Yukon’s most intriguing and influential women, Martha Black. Listen for the whispers of history while exploring this opulent home.


Are your children curious, bright, and active? Do they like challenges? Are they budding artists, dreamers or promising journalists? Then they are a perfect candidate to become a Parks Canada Xplorer.

When the kids have completed the requested number of activities they will be recognized as an official Xplorer with a certificate and a special collectible souvenir!

Ask for the booklets at the Visitor’s Centre and head out to “Xplore” with your family!

Explora – Dredge No. 4 and the Goldfields

© Parks Canada / G. Hunter

Download your app, or borrow a device from the Visitor’s Centre and take your family on your very own tour! Follow in the footsteps of those gold-crazed dreamers and visionaries who transformed the Bonanza Creek valley and brought big-industry to one of the most remote areas of the planet. This new hand-held technology, equipped with a Global Positioning System (GPS), will alert you at different points of interest providing historical photos and context that will make you see this serene valley in a whole new way.

Through photos, quizzes and text, you will hold in the palm of your hand the stories of the Klondike Goldfields as you drive and walk the actual route of thousands of gold-seekers before you.

Discovery Claim – Self Guiding Trail

© CTC / F. Mueller

Location: km 15 on Bonanza Creek Road

This is a legally defined mining claim located on Bonanza Creek, fifteen kilometres above its confluence with the Klondike River. Originally staked on August 17, 1896, it is the site of the gold discovery that sparked the Klondike Gold Rush.

Self-Guided Audio Tour of Dawson City

Dr. Brown's House
© Parks Canada

For in-depth information about the wealth of historic buildings in the Dawson town core, taken at your own pace, this is the tour for you. A compact mp3 player leads you through town to hear stories and details about almost all of the Dawson Historical Complex buildings. This tour is available in English, French and German.

Harrington’s Store “Dawson As They Saw It”

historic street scene of Dawson
© Parks Canada / G. Hunter

Many images of the rush of 1898 are familiar. Goldseekers recorded their impressions in diaries, letters and photographs. But there was more than one Dawson: from a hastily-built supply camp to an elegant territorial capital to a gold town in slow decline.

There is no judging how "faithfully" any one view has captured the original. Whether recording for the family album or for a specific audience, each photographer and writer has brought his or her own perspective and expectations to bear. This collection is by no means "Dawson as it really was", but rather "Dawson as they saw it."