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Tr’ondëk-Klondike testifies to the dramatic effects that the search for gold and precious minerals had on the indigenous people and the landscape.

The ancestral land of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in was overrun by newcomers in 1874 and eventually came under colonial authority in 1908. The eight selected sites include archeological remains and settlements of indigenous inhabitants, traders and colonial settlers.

Community Perspective: best visited on a tour from Dawson to understand its history.

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Canada - 02-Oct-23 -

Tr’ondëk-Klondike by J_neveryes

Yukon is a vast wild place, but is the most accessible of Canada's three northern territories.  Unlike most parts of Northwest Territories or Nunavut, a decent portion of "sights" in Yukon is accessible by road, which includes Dawson City. 

Dawson City is not a “wild north” ghost town, but it can feel like one, with its leaning or disused old buildings. For a town born out of chaos, it’s grid layout makes this intriguing town an easy place to explore. 

Dawson City is not only worthy of a visit due to its earnest, unpolished charm, but due to the many unique characters that this city attracted and continues to attract.  You have to be more than a little odd to choose to live in a place where the winter temperature can dip to -45 Celsius and there is only 4 hours of sunlight in December. 

I strongly suggest that you read late Pierre Berton's most entertaining "Klondike: The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899" to learn about the outrageous characters and stories of this area. Knowing Dawson City’s very colourful history will allow you to appreciate it as more than a place with old buildings set in a wild scenery.

If you are in Dawson, perhaps drinking the infamous sourtoe cocktail (whiskey with an actual pickled human toe) at The Downtown Hotel, you should also visit the Dredge No. 4 National Historic Site and the Tombstone Territorial Park.  The road to/through the Tombstone Territorial Park is rough, and the Park contains very few amenities, e.g., nearest gas station could be as far as 365 kilometres away. Having a truly wild park to yourself will be an amazing experience, but it also means that you have to go prepared.

Zoë Sheng

Chinese-Canadian - 26-Oct-18 -

Tr’ondëk-Klondike by Zoe Sheng

What do you think when you hear "Klondike"? Gold Rush, Charlie Chaplin, German tourists in camper vans (YES!), First Nations...wait what? Yes! So actually what people probably don't even know is that the original town of Dawson City has been reduced to a sheer third nowadays because the First Nation has been given back the land across the south called the Tr’ochëk fishing camp. I did not attempt to go over there but there are probably tours because there are dozens of tours every day in peak season starting from the well-organized National Parks office in town. The town is actually part of the national park although there is a "real" park entrance across to the west just beyond the free car-ferry crossing.

My main focus was doing historic tours. They are very informative, also telling you about Klondike today. I had the feeling that knowing more about the history we had to ask questions and luckily others in the group all did the same. The tour is the only way to visit the old buildings such as the post office where everyone in town had a deposit box to pick up their mail, something that is still done today in the new post office (apparently things like Zip codes, sealed roads and 911 services are new to the city only for like a year now). The saloon was nice, and the bank is still in great condition. I wasn't quite clear now if they have been renovated inside because all that wood in the harsh environments couldn't have lasted over a hundred years, could it? The outside of the buildings is painted regularly, and was even being painted during the time I visited.

I found Dawson has many things to offer for a few days visit. These might not be WHS criteria but a nice bonus. A gold panning tour, a specialized tour of the huge dredges, fishing, several museums (I recommend the Jack London museum to see half of his hut from the nearby forest and to have a great chat with the lady running it).

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Site Info

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Unesco ID
Archaeological site - Other

Site History

2023 Inscribed

2018 Requested by State Party to not be examined

2017 Revision

T List name changed from "The Klondike". Chilkoot Trail and Transboundary aspects with US removed.


The site has 8 locations

Tr’ondëk-Klondike: Fort Reliance
Tr’ondëk-Klondike: Ch’ëdähdëk (Forty Mile)
Tr’ondëk-Klondike: Ch’ëdähdëk Tth’än K’et (Dënezhu Graveyard)
Tr’ondëk-Klondike: Fort Cudahy and Fort Constantine
Tr’ondëk-Klondike: Tr’ochëk
Tr’ondëk-Klondike: Dawson City
Tr’ondëk-Klondike: Jëjik Dhä Dënezhu Kek’it (Moosehide Village)
Tr’ondëk-Klondike: Tthe Zra¸y Kek’it (Black City)