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World Heritage: Canada

The Klondike

Yukon and British Columbia
Geographical Location:
64° N – 139° W

The Klondike represents the most comprehensive and intact of all the cultural landscapes that illustrate life before, during and after the world's great 19th century gold rushes.

The Klondike © Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation, Neufeld, D.

The history of the Klondike is written on the land. First Nations story cycles speak to thousands of years of surviving and thriving in a challenging environment, and to a remarkable record of adaptation and innovation. These stories also speak to a way of life that was radically and indelibly altered by a brief moment on the timeline of the region’s human occupation — the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896-1898, and its aftermath. Early narratives are found throughout the traditional territories, including the Tr’ochëk fishing camp and ancient trading routes such as the Chilkoot Trail; later voices overlay the Chilkoot and the still-mined gold fields, and the historic districts of Dawson and Skagway, Alaska (U.S.A.). Collectively, the places and cultural accommodations that define the Klondike cultural landscape represent a story of extraordinary proportions.