Getting on/off van; traveling about 10 miles, approximately 1/2 hour roundtrip. Walking about 1.5 miles; gravel roads. Bending down to pan for gold in riverbank.
At the hotel, we’ll have a breakfast buffet with a variety of foods and a beverage choice of juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
At the hotel, we’ll have a lecture by our Group Leader on topics relevant to the program theme. Next, we’ll set out with a local expert on a walking field trip to explore Dawson City’s historic sites, including the SS Keno, Palace Grand Theatre, the Commissioner's Residence, and the cabins of Jack London and Robert Service. We’ll learn that there are, according to poet Robert Service, truly "strange things done under the Midnight sun by the men who moil for gold."
At a local restaurant, we’ll order off of a menu and have a beverage choice of juice, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
We'll travel via van to the famous Bonanza Creek goldfields — the site that began the Klondike Gold Rush. On arrival, we’ll learn from our Group Leader about the famous Gold Rush and the current uses of this active mine. We’ll observe the famous Dredge #4. Now a National Historic Site, this wooden-lined bucketline sluice dredge was placed on the Yukon River from 1913-1959. Then, we’ll learn the basics of gold panning. We’ll have a go at gold panning and see what our luck yields. We’ll keep any gold we find! We’ll reboard our van and drive to the Midnight Dome overlook. We’ll have a fantastic view of Dawson City and both the Klondike and Yukon River valleys. We’ll observe from above the vastness of the territory we paddled through the past few days.
At a restaurant in Dawson City, we’ll have a plated meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
At leisure. You might like to end the night with a drive up the mountain with our Group Leader, explore the town and casino on your own, or meet locals at a quirky local bar called The Pit.