What to know before you visit

The Government of Canada is investing in the S.S. Klondike National Historic Site as part of the largest federal infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada. Through these infrastructure investments, Parks Canada is protecting and conserving national treasures, while supporting local economies and contributing to growth in the tourism sector.

Safety is a top priority. Visitors near project areas are advised to exercise caution and respect on-site signage. Read on to find out about the projects happening in 2021 at the S.S. Klondike National Historic Site.

S.S. Klondike

Structural integrity

We are continuing to reinforce and strengthen the Klondike’s wall frames and deck beams. This work is one component of the path forward to increase the weight capacity of the decks on the Klondike and is part of the bigger restoration plan to restore public access to areas of the boat that are presently closed.

We are removing lead-based paint from the rudders located near the vessel’s paddlewheel. Lead paint from the paddlewheel itself was removed in the early 2000s. Soil testing and removal of a small area of contaminated soil below the paddlewheel is also expected to take place over a series of several days this season.

Atlin Barge

The Atlin is the last remaining wooden barge from the age of river transportation in the Yukon and represents the important role that barges played within the Yukon’s water transportation system between 1898 and 1950.

As part of a regular condition assessment conducted in 2018, Parks Canada found the hull of the barge to be deteriorating due to environmental factors, such as rain, snow and fluctuating humidity levels. This year we are continuing with efforts to restore the hull of the barge, as well as upgrading the crib supports.