The traces of the Klondike River gold rush

Yukon, Alaska, British Colombia

In August 1896 entdecken George Washington Carmack, Tagish (Dawson) Charlie and Skookum Jim in stream of "Bonanza Creek" gold and therefore solve the Klondike River the biggest gold rush of history.

Due to the remoteness of this area the customer enters the Gold Fund until July 1897 with steamers to Seattle and San Francisco.
Overall make 100.000 Adventurers from around the world on the way to Dawson City, participate to the supposedly get rich quick.

There are several routes, to arrive in Dawson City. Much of the prospector takes the steamer to Haines, Skagway or Dyea in Alaska. Then it goes on foot over mountain passes and with self-made boats on the Yukon the ca. 600 Miles to Dawson City.

Every man needs a year's supply food and tools of nearly one tonne to carry with you. This is controlled on the border of the Canadian police, the prospectors to save it from otherwise certain death.

Owns with historic buildings on unsealed roads Dawson City still maintains the charm of an old gold mining town.

The gold mines are called now tourists and the gold miners are the operators of RV parks and souvenir shops. Is it any wonder, that the always well-stocked RV Park in Dawson Downtown also »Gold Rush« is called.

But Dawson City has what! Despite the tourism, we feel here in the north very well.

We follow the slag heaps of the legendary "Bonanza Creek" to "Dredge No. 4", the largest with about 90 meters in length built wooden bucket dredgers in the world. With him was gold until into the sixties washed.

After the very interesting tour we drive to the "Discovery Claim", wo George Carmack 1896 first gold found.

Along the Bonanza Creek Road, we finally arrive at "Claim # 6", through which anyone can free to try your luck at panning for gold.

With beautiful weather we relax a couple of days on the Yukon River Campground located on the Yukon opposite Dawson.

Here we lead a walk a few hundred yards downriver for "Sternwheeler Graveyard", where several old steamer rot riverside, who formerly proud navigate the Yukon.

Directly on Campground also begins the fascinating "Top-of-the-World Highway", which makes all honor his name and accompanies us to the border with Alaska.

The route along the ridgeline offers breathtaking views over distant mountain ranges and deep valleys cut.

Here too the 'Indian Summer' like a bright colorful carpet over the mountainous landscape, and the ride spoiled us with spectacular panoramas.

Even from a distance, we see the solitary building on the street - that's the limit!

We congratulate the nice US border officials to this magnificent place of work and are mighty excited, what's coming.

We've read a lot of negative things about the entry into the US. We show the passports and be interviewed, where we want. The vehicle we are just to the left of the building to park!

First, can the border officials explain the structure of the German number plate, because he has a hang in the office.

We follow the building and see the transition a collection of police badges and said German License Plate SÜW above the bar.

While we filled in the green immigration form at the office, make the border guards on our vehicle ago! No, no control! It's personal interest in the here rare type of vehicle and the big tires! The whole US entry runs very friendly, fast and courteous from! More info below Border crossings.

So dear readers, brings the nice border guards at the "top-of-the-World Highway", a license plate number from your hometown with. Police badges are also collected!

From the border is the current "top-of-the-World Highway" now "Boundary Spur Road", we follow over the place for Chicken »Taylor Highway".

The street names change, but the magnificent scenery and the magnificent panoramas remain with us in Alaska!

At the crossroads »Tetlin Junction" we meet an old acquaintance – den Alaska Highway. Links we go to "Canada", right after "Tok".

Between here and the place of Tok Alaska Highway is the only road link to the north!

By Tok must each, wants in the north to Alaska with the vehicle. Tok is a typical supply city gas stations, Supermarket and lodging facility.

This kind of town you will find mostly at intersections of roads.

We remain on the Alaska Highway to Delta Junction, where it officially ends at the junction with the Richardson Highway to 2288 km.

For American children lives at the North Pole Santa Claus.

Shortly before Fairbanks we reach the city 'North Pole', in the lands the addressed to Santa Claus at the North Pole Kinderpost.

In Santa Claus House these children letters are answered and sold throughout the year Christmas Articles! 365 Days of Christmas in the year, you can only find here!

On a side trip from North Pole after Chena Hot Springs, We visit the local ice museum.

At the entrance there are thick jackets, the one during 30 Keep minutes long leadership despite -20 ° C warm.

In remarkable Museum nearly everything is made of ice, even the glass, in the us a Martini is served.

In Fairbanks we will visit the Alaska pipeline and inform us about the structure, the function and technical details on this extraordinary feat of engineering.

The Alaska Pipeline begins in northern Alaska to the Prudhoe Bay and runs over almost 1,300 km south to the ice-free port to Valdez.

From Fairbanks, we arrive on the Parks Highway to Denali National Park, one of the most beautiful national parks in Alaska.

In Denali Park is also the highest mountain in North America to find, der Mount McKinley (6195 m).

We go so far in the park, as is allowed without any restrictions in your own vehicle and stay there on the beautiful Savage River Campground.

So we can return in the morning with another light experience, see hardly Animals.

On the long bus tour (6-8 Std.), when you could see with a little luck more animals, we do not and continue to Anchorage, because we want to Seward.

The Seward Highway follows the Turnagain Arm, having the second highest tidal range in North America with 11 m.

As we drive along at low tide, is in the wide fjord hardly any water to see.

With snow-capped mountains, Glaciers and fjords corresponds to the landscape around the image, the usually associated with Alaska.

On the way we make a short detour to the glacial »Portage Lake" in Whittier, where now drifting ice floes in the water in late summer.

It's raining and it's cold, so we want to walk only on the return trip to the glacier tongue.

On nice tour continues to Seward, which attracts by its beautiful location in the summer many tourists.

Here lay on the passenger ships, sailing in the Prince William Sound. We only stay one night, because it's raining again and it should not be better.

The deferred hike to glacier falls into the water.

On the way to Valdez we visit north of Palmer a musk ox farm.

The farm has set itself the objective, to domesticate these wild animals, and this process ca. 250 Will take years!

From the undercoat of animals finished Inuits in the traditional manner particularly soft and warming Scarves, Gloves and caps.

Valdez is, framed by magnificent snow capped mountains and glaciers, on a year-round ice-free port.

Earlier starting point for prospectors, Today endpoint of the Alaska pipeline and 1989 passes through the oil spill of the "Exxon Valdez" to a global "celebrity".

In year 1964 Valdez experienced its first disaster, as it was by an earthquake followed by tsunami completely destroyed and having rebuilt a few kilometers further.

Both accidents took place on Good Friday each.

In Valdez we observe salmon, Robben on salmon fishing and seagulls, who want to get hold of the seals a part of the booty.

A black bear has come, but feels disturbed while fishing through us and after a few minutes without food disappears in the forest.

On the way into the forest, he is likely to take some quick berries from a bush.

If not a main course, then at least one dessert!

Very interesting is a visit to the Valdez Museum, where we find out more detail about the earthquake, the oil spill, learn to build the Alaska pipeline and the hardships of prospectors.

Past the airport, we arrive at a remote glacier, where we again see large ice floes.

Even the old Valdez we want to visit and follow the appropriate signage.

Here we observe a black bear with two cubs, which will with their offspring to the nearby Bach.

As the weather is fickle and promises predicting any improvement, we make route and travel via Tok and Beaver Creek again to Canada.

The Canadian border we pass easily.

We want to Haines (Alaska) and from there by ferry through the fjords to Skagway (Alaska), then over the White Pass - again enter Canada - like the prospectors.

Who Alaska looking more closely on the map, notes, that it is not only out of the corner at the top left, but also extends in a narrow strip along the coast to the south, So between the Pacific and Canada.

However, since there is only one road link, we must by land from Alaska to Alaska through Canada. We create in a day 760 km and two state borders, but only come on at dusk in Haines.

Damage, because Haines is known for its many bears, catch the salmon here on the river.

In spite of increasing darkness, we see a bear with two cubs catching salmon. Unfortunately, the light is not enough for photos.

Here we meet our friend Siegrid & Gerhard again, which are also on the way to South America and take the ferry to Skagway.

We stay right on the ferry terminal, as the ferry, the only all 4 Day passes, already to 7:15 stores, man 2 Hours should be there before and we do not have any tickets.

The ticket office is to 3:15 open. But we "sleep out" and pick up our tickets only to 4:50.

While waiting for the boarding we see at dawn bald eagles in the trees above the road.

The ferry makes its way through an impressive fjords and on deck is the icy cold of Alaska to feel.

After about an hour we are in Skagway and save us so far over 500 km of land.

Skagway was crossing town of prospectors, the means of paddle steamer arrived here and wanted to over the White Pass on to Dawson.

From the neighboring town of Dyea it went over the shorter, but steep Chilkoot Pass Trail, but in which no pack animals could be used to transport the 1,000 kg Inventories.

We also take over the White Pass to the Canadian border.

The Canadian border officials strives clearly, always new, partly to find strange questions. What we all have in the structure so? He asks about bear spray and after cameras. Since we have the cameras front handy, Are you suddenly uninteresting.

Whether we had gifts for Canadians here? Whether we have alcohol here (we have the allowable amount)?

Then he asks, if we can open the back. I open the rear storage compartment, what him but little interest.

The disposable overshoes to enter our "living room", he pulls willingly. Just when we are gone in, is also his colleague at the door. But gets no disposable shoes, so that he may daily outside only.

I will show the alcohol, but he does not even checked, whether in the bottle compartment are still more bottles.

But he appraised Furniture, Bed and the structure in detail. He looks well in any cabinet or in another storage compartment.

They wanted the unusual vehicle type here just have a look! The border guards go around grinning vehicle and let us pass.

From the border we go to the Alaska Highway, from which we turn shortly before Watson Lake again on the Cassiar Highway to the south.

We want to Stewart and from there to Hyder (Alaska), since one in Hyder often can observe bears.

This scenically attractive route leads us through the woods, past lakes, directly to several glaciers and many waterfalls in a narrow canyon.

Again, the bright colors of Indian Summer are still omnipresent.

Good Confidence (Alaska) only about Stewart (Canada) can be achieved, there is no US border posts. In Hyder are at the Bear Observatory no fish in the "Fish Creek" and we wonder, why people here are shot with the camera ready and waiting for bears!?

The fact mentioned Ranger thinks humorous: You need either a lot of fish, or good luck, to see a bear.

Precisely! Therefore we turn right around again and the Canadian border guards briefly the passports are checked.

Tonight we stay on a pretty campground right on the lake.

On the Yellowhead Highway we drive on Fraser Lake to Prince George and then on Williams Lake to Clinton.

En route we visit the "Fulton River Spawning Channel", the largest man-made spawning channel with an impressive number of animals in the water.

Everywhere are signs, is on which warned of bears. No wonder it, With so many salmon!

A detour brings us to the old gold mining town of Barkerville, which has arisen during the Cariboo Gold Rush.

The building of this uninhabited city are still largely intact and will continue to be maintained for the purpose of tourism.

Shortly after Clinton we take the beautiful road towards Vancouver, procede to above Lillooet.

There is a German bakery and an idyllic, free campground in the forest with torrent (BC Hydro), on which we 2-3 To stop days.

At our "last day" rolling Maria & Otto and Nicole & Claus on the camping, have been raised in our close and we get along well right away.

There is much to tell and the campfire are the days and evenings very entertaining.

So we are a couple of nights longer than planned and the goodbye is so not easy.

On the road, we turn left towards Vancouver from.

With the engine is cold, we drive slowly up the slope and see Nicole & Claus turn right in the rearview mirror!

Spread the good travel!

Nachblick: Nicole and Claus have sent us their "Nachblick". Thank you for the lovely photo! (last image in the gallery)


“Find the Gold, dig much earth and find little.”
(Heraclitus of Ephesus, ca. 540-480 in. Chr.)