Dredge No. 4

Dredge No. 4

Discover your inner prospector as you go back to the time of the Klondike gold rush. See the massive mining machine that is Dredge No. 4, and imagine the noise and mud that went with it.   


Walk in the footsteps of the determined prospectors as you explore the Klondike Goldfields!

The last, great gold rush captured the attention of the whole world, and while Dawson City was the splashy, colourful face of it, the dirt and mud of the creeks is where all the hard work happened!

The original hand miners spent freezing Yukon winters digging holes in frozen ground, and piling up dirt, only to spend the spring “washing” their dirt to get the gold out! Later, it took incredible vision and determination, and a LOT of money, for a handful of entrepreneurs to build massive machines thousands of kilometres away from any city... and those dredges saved Dawson City from becoming a ghost town.

It is thanks to the dredges that you can still visit Dawson City and see what that the world of the gold rush was like! Today, mining hasn’t stopped in the Klondike, it’s still going strong. It’s quite something - you must see it for yourself. 

How much time will I need?

  • Half a day – there are several spots to visit in the goldfields, in addition to visiting Dredge No.4, so plan enough time for the whole experience!

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

  • No special equipment is needed, just be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera.

Is this activity free?

  • No. Tours of Dredge No.4 are being conducted by licensed operators, who will charge a fee for a tour. However, there are free activities available if you would like to visit the site without taking a tour, including a free Explora app for your smartphone!

When's the best time to do this?

  • The site is open from Victoria Day to Labour Day, with free activities and displays available. Licensed guides will be running tours inside the Dredge daily starting June 1. Check with the Visitor’s Centre in Dawson City for details.

Dont forget! The Klondike has two other great historic sites to visit! Check out the S.S. Keno National Historic Site and Dawson Historical Complex National Historic Site.


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