Discovery Day (YT)

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AKA NameYukon Day
2020 DateAugust 17, 2020
2021 DateAugust 16, 2021
Discovery Day (YT)

Discovery Day (Yukon) History

Discovery Day commemorates the discovery of gold in Yukon. In August of 1896, George Carmack, Dawson Charlie and Skookum Jim discovered gold in Bonanza Creek near present day Dawson City. This discovery began the Klondike Gold Rush that led to a massive stampede of nearly 100,000 people attempting to reach the Klondike gold fields to get rich.

Although the Klondike Gold Rush only lasted a few years, it brought with it thousands of immigrants, the gold mining industry and the construction of a railway connecting Yukon to Alaska. In 1911, Yukon's Territorial Council declared a public holiday for Discovery Day. Residents of the territory of Yukon celebrate this day on the third Monday of every August.

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Discovery Day Facts & Quotes

  • According to Statistics Canada, in 2015, the population of the Yukon was 37,400 inhabitants, the second smallest after Nunavut.
  • It is estimated that over 7 billion USD worth of gold was extracted during the Klondike Gold Rush.
  • There were three main access routes that led to Dawson City. The first, called the All Canada Route, ran through the Canadian Prairies and into Yukon. The second route, the Skagway/Dyea Route ran up the Western coast of the US and Canada then into the Yukon River. The last route, the All Water Route, ran from Vancouver/Seattle around the Alaskan state and into the Yukon River in Western Alaska.
  • Should I not find fortune, this trip will make a man of me, and should I get through this trip I shall be able to undertake anything in the world - Stanley Pearce (one of the first and most well-known miners in the Klondike)
  • It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver - Mahatma Gandhi

Discovery Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit Dawson City, Yukon's Discovery Days Festival. The festival, held in the old boomtown of Dawson, includes crafts, face painting, dancing shows, competitions, arts and a golf tournament.
  • Read Call of the Klondike: A True Gold Rush Adventure by Meissner and Richardson. The story follows the journals and letters of two young men through their treasure hunt in the Klondike.
  • Visit the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park in Stagway, Alaska, near the Yukon border. The park offers free tours, wilderness, Junior Ranger Activities for children and families and lots of hiking trails and campsites.
  • Watch one of the many series or movies that showcase the Klondike Gold Rush. Our favourites: Klondike (2014), Gold Rush: Alaska (2010), 10 Things You Don't Know About: The Gold Rush (2014), The Gold Rush (1925), the Klondike Gold Rush (2015), PBS' the Klondike Gold Rush (2015) and Discovery Channel's Klondike (2015).
  • Enjoy typical Yukon foods such as moose meat, mountain goat, buffalo burgers, musk ox chops, caribou, porcupine burgers, wild seafood. These foods are readily available throughout most of the territory.

Discovery Day References and Related Sites - National Park Service: Gold Rush
Arctic Kingdom: Discovery Day
Parks Canada: Gold Panner
Discovery: Klondike History
Stats Canada: Population Yukon

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