• Nine men pose with gear at the Alaska-British Columbia border in the snow

    Klondike Gold Rush

    National Historical Park Alaska

Places

Klondike Gold Rush NHP is made up of three units in Alaska and one unit in Seattle, WA. Each of these places played an integral role in the stampede for gold between 1897-1899 to the Klondike. The three units in Alaska inlcude; The Skagway Historic District, White Pass Trail, and the Chilkoot Trail (inclduing the Dyea Townsite).

Beyond the sites in Seattle and Skagway, the story continues all the way to Dawson City, Yukon Territroy heart of the Klondike Gold Fields. Sites along the way have also been protected by Parks Canada. Together the National Park Service sites along with the Park Canada sites create an International Historical Park linked together by the Chilkoot Trail. The two primary Parks Canada sites include: Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site and the Klondike National Historic Sites of Canada.

 
Color map of routes to Dawson City from Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia

While many routes existed to the Klondike, most took the Chilkoot or White Pass routes.

NPS map

Stampeders took several routes to the Klondike, some over land and glaciers, others only by water, however most streamed through Skagway or Dyea, Alaska to battle with either the Chilkoot or White Pass routes both ending at Lake Bennett. This is the headwaters of the Yukon River, and marks only half way point of the 1500 mile journey to the Klondike Gold Fields, from Seattle, WA to Dawson City, YT.

Did You Know?

Museum exhibit at Klondike Gold Rush NHP showing a year's supply of food in bags, barrels and crates, a gold pan sits on top of the pile

The Canadian government required those going to the Klondike gold fields to bring a year's supply of food with them to avoid starvation during the long Yukon winter. Some of the recommended supplies included 400 pounds of flour, 200 pounds of bacon, and 100 pounds of beans! More...