Reed Travel Features
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
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.