For many years paddle wheelers plied the Yukon River, pushing cargo-laden barges carrying everything from gold dust to passengers, evening gowns to dynamite. Burning wood to create steam, these riverboats used thousands of cords of wood that were stacked at riverside wood camps. They were the lifeline to the outside world, until improved roadways retired them in the 1950s. The S.S. Keno, a riverboat typical of that era, is located on the Dawson City waterfront.

Shifting Sands, Changing Realities - Interpretive program

Rivers, and those who travel them, bring life, sustenance, connection and continual change.

From being a source of nourishment and connection for the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, and the gold rush, to the end of the river as a primary transportation route, the river has long been integral to life in the Klondike and this little paddle wheeler has quite a story to tell. A combination of interpreter-led discussion and personal exploration will leave you with new insights on what it means to Dawsonites when that steam-whistle lets loose!

Location: S.S. Keno National Historic Site (Dawson waterfront)
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