Discover Canada Contest 2019: A gold rush experience in Canada’s North!
Next summer, one lucky winner and three companions will travel north of the 60th parallel to a land of fascinating cultures, rich history and wild extremes on the trip of a lifetime. Get to know the amazing locations that make up this brag-worthy grand prize, where one can experience the midnight sun, the tallest mountain peaks in Canada, and the allure of Klondike gold. Meet incredible people, see breathtaking vistas and find out why gold tends to turn everyday folks into intrepid adventurers! The Yukon dazzles at every turn.
Return to a time when riverboats and railway tracks linked the Yukon to the outside world. Explore the majestic S.S. Klondike, the largest sternwheeler in the British Yukon Navigation Company fleet, as she rests proudly on the banks of the Yukon River.
- Join our knowledgeable heritage interpreters and hear fascinating stories of life on the river in the first half of the twentieth century.
- Visit this lovingly restored sternwheeler that once transported cargo from Whitehorse to Dawson, navigating river rapids and meandering between sandbanks.
- Explore the scenic Whitehorse waterfront on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.
Experience the quaint village of Carcross and soak in the history of the Chilkoot Trail and its use by the Carcross/Tagish and Taku River Tlingit First Nations over thousands of years. Their age old history of trade and travel between British Columbia’s coastal rainforest and Yukon’s Boreal forest, and the key role they played in the story of the Klondike gold rush will inspire awe.
- Join Parks Canada heritage interpreters to learn more about Skookum Jim, the Tlingit/Tagish man who, along with his family, originally discovered gold in the Klondike river valley. Imagine touching off one of the most memorable gold rushes in history while out moose hunting!
- Relive the epic journey that Klondike stampeders took to get to the gold fields. Find out about the vital role the Chilkoot Trail played in this last great gold rush.
Set off on an adventure along the Klondike Highway to get to the true beginning of the Gold Rush story. Dawson was both the start and end of the journey for tens of thousands of adventurers flowing into Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in territory. Explore this nexus of economic, social and cultural influences that made this place the backdrop to a moment in time like no other; one that shaped the history of the Yukon and Canada.
- Visit the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre to learn about the incredibly resilient and courageous people who welcomed tens of thousands of stampeders into their territory within the span of a couple of years.
- Stand in the exact spot where the gold that launched the rush was found in 1896.
- Step into the lives of stampeders who left behind everything to journey to Dawson City - tour restored wooden buildings, some of the 17 in town, including the iconic Palace Grand Theatre!
- Find out the unbelievable feats of industry that took place after the initial rush was over! The dredging and corporate gold mining history of the Klondike as told at Dredge No. 4 is mind-blowing. Built in 1912, the Dredge was the biggest wooden hulled, bucket-line dredge in North America. You will never forget standing behind the controls of a massive floating machine that turned creek beds upside down in its quest for gold dust.
Discover Kluane, known around the world for its incredible wilderness recreation opportunities. Explore this vast territory, home to 17 of Canada's 20 highest peaks, and discover the traditional territories of the Kluane, Champagne and Aishihik, and White River First Nations.
- Take a beautiful drive to the Thachäl Dhäl Visitor Centre near Kluane Lake and try spotting local Dall’s sheep from the deck!
- Spend a night in one of Parks Canada’s signature oTENTik tents next to spectacular Kathleen Lake.
- Opt for the challenge of the King’s Throne Trail: a steep trail that brings you to a stunning natural amphitheatre with amazing views … that was carved by glaciers.
- OR, enjoy an easy hike to sub-alpine St. Elias Lake, a show-stopper blue expanse nestled between soaring mountains. Don’t forget your wildflower identification app (or book!) If you’re lucky, you may get to see resident moose and mountain goats too.
Don’t miss out on visiting these amazing places even if you don’t win— use our travel plan as a guide for your next vacation!