Dream of being the miner who plucked the first gold from Bonanza Creek, sparking the Klondike Gold Rush in1896. Stand on that very spot at Discovery Claim when hiking the Discovery Trail, and find a few geocaches too! Then download the Explora Dredge No. 4 and Klondike Goldfields app or borrow a device and tour around, imagining the desperate dreams created by this barren landscape.
Head to Dredge No. 4 National Historic Site and stare up at a gravel-eating 8-storey monster dredge covering two-thirds of a football field. Its giant iron buckets chomped into rocky creek beds, spitting out miles of gravel trailings that snake across the Klondike goldfields. Join a guided tour to see the inner workings of the biggest dredge of its kind in North America, a historic reminder of the amazing inventions and adaptations needed for mechanized mining in permafrost.
Discovery Claim self guiding trail
This is a legally defined mining claim located on Bonanza Creek, fifteen kilometres above its confluence with the Klondike River. Originally staked on August 17, 1896, it is the site of the gold discovery that sparked the Klondike Gold Rush.
Location: km 15 on Bonanza Creek Road
Dredge No. 4 National Historic Site
Visitors are welcome to visit the Dredge No. 4 site, and can learn about this amazing machine and what it took to build and maintain these machines, through interpretive panels in the parking lot.
Guided tours of the interior of Dredge No. 4 are provided by Gold Bottom Mine Tours. For detailed information and to make reservations:
Discovery Passes: To celebrate Canada’s 150th, Klondike National Historic Sites invite you to present your Discovery Pass at the Dawson Visitor Centre to claim a “Golden Ticket” which may be used for free admission to 1 regular program of your choice. Visitors to Dredge No. 4 may use their Golden Ticket for a tour. Those without a Golden Ticket may still purchase a regular tour ticket for the tour.
Site-guide for the Klondike Goldfields
The Klondike goldfields site-guide can accompany you in your exploration of Bonanza Creek Road, Dredge No. 4 and Discovery Claim National Historic Sites. When exploring the goldfields on your own, with The Parks Canada Explora App or with the Xplorer Booklet for kids (Dredge No. 4 and the Goldfields), this guide and souvenir will provide you with historic images, additional information and easy-to-understand diagrams.
Available in English, French, German and Japanese at the Visitor's Information Centre on Front St. from 9am to 5pm daily during the operational season.
Explora app – Dredge No. 4 and the goldfields
Follow in the footsteps of those gold-crazed dreamers and visionaries who transformed the Bonanza Creek valley and brought big-industry to one of the most remote areas of the planet.
Download your app, or borrow a device from the Visitor’s Centre and take your family on your very own tour! This hand-held technology, equipped with a Global Positioning System (GPS), will alert you at different points of interest providing historical photos and context that will make you see this serene valley in a whole new way.
Through photos, quizzes and text, you will hold in the palm of your hand the stories of the Klondike Goldfields as you drive and walk the actual route of thousands of gold-seekers before you.
Are your children curious, bright, and active? Do they like challenges? Are they budding artists, dreamers or promising journalists? Then they are a perfect candidate to become a Parks Canada Xplorer.
When the kids have completed the requested number of activities they will be recognized as an official Xplorer with a certificate and a special collectible souvenir!
Ask for the booklets at the Visitor’s Centre and head out to “Xplore” with your family!
There are geocaches placed by Parks Canada in the goldfields. Each cache contains information about locations and people commemorated in the Klondike, as well as a secret question. If you bring the correct answers to FOUR of the secret questions, you can receive a small token from the Parks Canada desk at the Visitor Information Centre.
Red chairs in the Klondike GoldfieldsThe Red Chairs Experience Program is intended to provide opportunities to connect with nature, and to experience the most unique and treasured places within Canada. Visitors are encouraged to seek out the “Red Chairs” to enjoy these special places and to share their experience through social media and other communication channels.
There are red chairs located in the Klondike Goldfields.