The beautiful 80 year old sternwheeler is a welcome sight as it greets visitors and residents alike as they enter the beautiful city of Whitehorse, Yukon. The S.S. Klondike National Historic Site is a look back into the time when Whitehorse was an important hub for both transportation for the region for both miners and their families hoping to strike gold during the Klondike Gold Rush. The S.S. Klondike would haul cargo of fuel and food as well as passengers back and forth between Dawson and Whitehorse. This now Parks Canada National Historic Site is situated on the banks of the Yukon River in Whitehorse free for the 2017 year for those to explore.
Walk – The S.S. Klondike is a close walk from any hotel in the city and is easy to access with the pedestrian trail that follows the Yukon River.
Transit – Whitehorse Transit bus as well as the Waterfront Trolley both stop at the sternwheeler and is an option if you prefer to take transit.
Drive – If you choose to drive to the S.S. Klondike there is plenty of parking as well as pull through pots for RV’s and trailers.
Things To Do
Self Guided Tours – Talk a step back in time as you walk onboard the S.S. Klondike that has been fully restored to look as it did in its prime in the 1940’s. Learn about the history of the ship, the people that relied on the steamboats and why the sternwheelers were so important to the Yukon. Pick up a self-guiding brochure for $3 in the Visitors Centre that guides you through the entire boat and makes sure you do not miss anything!
Watch The Historical Video – There is a 20 minute historical video titles ‘In the Days of the Riverboats’ that shows footage of the sternwheelers in use and teaches you about their role they played in the early days of the Yukon. The video is shown in a white tent located to the right of the S.S. Klondike.
Find The Red Chairs – With two sets of red Parks Canada Chairs located on either side of the Sternwheeler make sure to sit in them, take a picture and share your experience at the S.S. Klondike.
The S.S. Klondike is a must visit Parks Canada Site while on your visit to Whitehorse, Yukon!