Discover the rich history of when the rivers were the highways of the Yukon by touring the S.S. Klondike in Whitehorse. The sternwheeler sits silent now but has been restored to look as it did in its heyday of the 1940s. Learn about the industries and the people who relied on the steamboats that moved everything from ore to heirlooms up and down the river between Whitehorse and Dawson City. Watch the documentary about the riverboats to see the vessels at work during the 1930s and see how they winched the boats up through Five Finger Rapids, and try your hand at the game of Quoits.

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Self-guiding brochure

Pick up the self-guiding brochure and then go on board to explore. The brochure guides you through the boat and ensures that you don’t miss anything, while allowing you to move at your own pace. Available in English, French and German.

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.


Lining the SS Klondike through 5 Fingers Rapids.
Lining Five Finger Rapids

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.