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S.S. Klondike National Historic Site of Canada


Examining the paddlewheel
© Parks Canada / Linda Magill

The S.S. Klondike is open for visitors from May 17 (the Victoria Day long weekend) through September 1 , 2014 (Labour Day). Parks Canada has knowledgeable staff on site at the S.S. Klondike to welcome visitors. The site is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Guided Tours

Guided tours of the S.S. Klondike are offered by private tourism operators. The tours are available by reservation, and tour operators determine the amount charged. For detailed information and to make reservations, contact operators directly:

MacBride Museum*

Nature Tours of Yukon*

Yukon Culture Cruiser

*Guided tours are available in french

Self Guided Tour

An illustrated brochure guides you through the boat and ensures that you don’t miss anything, while allowing you to move at your own pace.

Self guiding brochures can be picked up at the S.S. Klondike Visitor Centre. You can “go on your own” from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.


Be sure not to miss the 20 minute video “In the Days of the Riverboats” to see historic footage of sternwheelers in action and to learn about the role that riverboats played in the early life of the Yukon.

The video is shown throughout the day.


Are your children curious, bright, and active? Do they like challenges? Are they budding artists, dreamers or promising journalists? Then they are perfect candidates to become S.S. Klondike Xplorers.

This interactive discovery book, suitable for youth ages 6-11, offers a host of fun activities for youth to explore while visiting S.S. Klondike National Historic Site.

When the kids have completed six activities they will be recognized as official Xplorers with a certificate and a special collectible souvenir!

Ask for the booklets at the S.S. Klondike Visitor Centre and head out to “Xplore” with your family!

For further information, visit Parks Canada Xplorers.

Shipboard Games

Imagine its 1938 and you’re travelling to Dawson aboard the S.S. Klondike. It’s day 3 on the river. The scenery is spectacular, but for idle passengers some diversionary pastimes provide a welcome distraction from the tedium of shipboard life. Quoits were played on the sundeck where first and second class passengers could mingle.

You too can try your hand at this popular sternwheeler pastime, and, you can do it for free!

Geocaching and Waymarking

There is a geocache onsite. Visit and search for geocache code GC1EFVK.

There is also a waymark for the S.S. Klondike. Visit and search for waymark code WM5W8Y.

Whitehorse Sternwheel Heritage Tour

By passed by the White Pass & Yukon Route (WY&YR) railway, Miles Canyon and the White Horse Rapids were the only serious obstacles to navigation along the entire length of the Yukon River. Located immediately below the White Horse Rapids, Whitehorse was the “end of steel”, trans-shipment point for freight and base of operations for the British Yukon Navigation Company (BYN) sternwheel fleet.

While the White Horse Rapids have been drowned by a hydro dam and the sternwheelers have been replaced by roads Whitehorse still bears the marks of its colourful sternwheel past. Let the S.S. Klondike be your starting point to explore the city at the edge of the river.