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S.S. Klondike National Historic Site

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© Parks Canada / Fritz Mueller

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New S.S. Klondike National Historic Site souvenirs

© Parks Canada

Now you will be able to buy official Parks Canada merchandise unique to the S.S. Klondike!

Look out for pins, hats, T shirts, neck warmers, water bottles, and decals with a colourful sternwheeler design, available at the Visitor Reception Centre during the 2016 summer season. There's also a selection of merchandise for sale at the Whitehorse office of Parks Canada (205-300 Main St) all year round.

German Self Guiding Brochure

As of the summer of 2016 the S.S. Klondike self-guiding brochure will be available in German as well as English and French.

On-site Interpretive Panels

New interpretive panels will be installed on the S.S. Klondike grounds and historic photo panels on board will complement the curatorial displays.

Summer 2016 Access Restrictions 

Structural Capacity
In 2015, Parks Canada commissioned an assessment of the S.S. Klondike’s structural strength, in order to determine the boat’s capacity for hosting events. The engineer’s report received in April 2015 demonstrated that areas of the upper decks were not strong enough for the level of use during typical guided or self-guided visits, so access restrictions were put in place. Over the winter of 2015-16 a second engineering report provided recommendations for upgrades to strengthen the upper decks. Parks Canada is currently working with heritage conservation architects to determine next steps.

© Parks Canada / Fritz Mueller

Meanwhile, the site is still very much worth visiting, with the large majority of the stops on the self-guided tour accessible. Visitors can view the film In the Days of the Riverboats, and can enjoy exploring the exterior of the boat, the Freight Deck and Sun Deck via the aft stairs. From the Sun Deck, visitors can see all the way forward through the galley into the dining room and observation room. There are various new interpretive displays around the site, and new “Signature” merchandise available in the Visitor Centre.

There will be some additional temporary access restrictions this summer for ongoing maintenance.

Engine Room Restoration
The engine room, located at rear of the Freight Deck, will be closed June 13-24 while Parks Canada conservators clean and repaint the engine components. You can view the conservators at work through the engine room doors and they will give a “behind the scenes” Q&A about their work each day at 2 p.m.

Bow Wear Deck Repairs
The bow of the boat will be closed later in August while a Parks Canada team re-decks it. This project is funded through the Federal Infrastructure Investment Program (FIIP) and is necessary as there is rot present in the bow deck planking. During this period, visitors will access the boat via the aft gang plank.