Klondike Gold Discovery Day

Klondike Gold Discovery Day

Third weekend in August
On August 17, 1896, George Washington Carmack discovered gold at Bonanza Creek in northwestern Canada's Yukon Territory. His discovery triggered a huge gold rush and an enormous influx of American miners and traders. More than 30,000 poured into the Klondike region over the next couple of years, sparking the formation of Dawson and the construction of the Yukon narrow-gage railway. But the Klondike boom was short-lived, and by 1900 most of the miners had given up and were replaced by companies using mechanical mining techniques. To this day, mining remains the area's most important industry.
Also known as Discovery Day, this important event in Canada's history is observed as a public holiday in the Yukon. The city of Dawson celebrates with various special events, including a parade, musical entertainment, bathtub races, and, of course, panning for gold.
CONTACTS:
Tourism Yukon
Government of Yukon
P.O. Box 2703
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6 Canada
867-667 5340; fax: 867-667 3546
www.travelyukon.com
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 138