S.S. Klondike

S.S. Klondike

Take a guided tour of the steamboat S.S. Klondike National Historic Site and relive the romance and adventure of a bygone era that brought gold rush explorers to the growing Yukon. Now offering geocaching!

Activities

Geocaching

Geocaching is treasure hunting fun for the whole family. There are over 1 million geocaches in the world – boxes hidden in intriguing places and located by GPS coordinates. It's fun, it's free and you don't even need your own GPS because you can borrow one from the ship. GPS stands for "Global Positioning System" that uses orbiting satellites to provide the exact coordinates for any location on earth. Once you know where you are and where you're going, you can search for the cache.

While you're searching for the geocache, be mindful of the environment and take care not to disturb anything. And always return the geocache to its original hiding place for the next searcher to find.

You'll be looking for a micro-cache – a small container that holds only a log book for you to record your find. Bring a pencil! There is a whole community of avid geocaching enthusiasts who record their geocaching adventures on www.geocaching.com, the official Global GPS Cache Hunt site. You can go to the site and enter GC1EFVK to find out more about the geocache at the SS Klondike National Historic Site.

How much time will I need?

  • About 1 hour

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • You can bring your own hand-held GPS unit or borrow one from the ship for free.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes

When's the best time to do this?

  • Daytime from mid-May to mid-September

 

Take a Guided Steamboat Tour

The S.S. Klondike II is an exact replica of the S.S. Klondike, a sternwheel cargo ship that carried silver ore from the Mayo silver mines to Whitehorse on the Yukon River. The original S.S. Klondike sank in the river in 1936. The S.S. Klondike II took over the job of moving silver ore and supplies between Whitehorse and Dawson City. But over time the need for this type of transportation waned and in 1966 the ship was moved and became an historic site.

Learn how the S.S. Klondike and S.S. Klondike II played a part in Canadian history by taking a tour of the ship that includes a fascinating video about riverboat travel on the Yukon River during the gold and silver rushes.

How much time will I need?

  • About 1 hour

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • No special equipment is needed; just make sure to bring your camera.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes

When's the best time to do this?

  • Tours are offered throughout the day from mid-May through mid-September.

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