After a long cold winter in the Yukon the sight of the first sternwheeler would be reason to celebrate. Fresh food, supplies and news from the outside world would be welcomed as it pulled into shore. This was spring in the Yukon before the coming of roads in the 1950s, when sternwheelers worked the shallow swift waters of the Yukon River.
While the days of riverboats and barges are long gone, the S.S. Klondike with its brightly painted paddlewheel still stands on the banks of the Yukon River in Whitehorse. You have a choice of a self-guiding brochure or a tour offered by a knowledgeable guide.
Wander the decks and watch a movie with historic footage to learn about the workings of the boat and gain an appreciation of how vital the riverboats were to the livelihood of the people in the Yukon.