Yukon Gears Up for Gold Rush Centennial

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DAWSON, Yukon Territory -- Agents should note that Yukon itineraries likely are to be especially popular next season as special events and ceremonies mark the centennial of one of the most dramatic migrations of fortune seekers ever recorded, the Klondike Gold Rush.

When word of the earth's richest gold fields reached the outside world, it set off a wild, take-no-prisoners stampede. The result of this odyssey left behind a historical legacy of those very few souls who struck it rich, the hundreds of who died in the wilderness, and the 30,000 or so left spiritually and morally depleted when they arrived in the Yukon to find that most of its mineral rights already had been claimed.

Yukon tourism officials are readying themselves for visitors seeking to acquaint themselves with the great Klondike saga. Special events are planned for Dawson, Whitehorse and Carcross and elsewhere in the area.

Clients who are history buffs, rock hounds or train aficionados (the White Pass & Yukon Route heading north of Skagway into Canada is a can't-miss attraction), will be especially satisfied by the Yukon. Some visitors are expected to check the Dawson City Museum files to investigate the mine claims of their forefathers.

In preparation for next year's rush of tourism, Holland America Line-Westours will be dramatically increasing the number of fully escorted products to the North Country.

For more information, contact Holland America Lines-Westours at (800) 426-0327, Yukon Tourism at (403) 667-5949 or the Klondike Visitors Association at (403) 993-5575.

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