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Yukon Territory

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The Yukon says adventure, but traveling there no longer requires a backbreaking hike or dangerous boat ride (international flights go directly to Whitehorse). In 1896 gold was discovered in the Klondike, and thousands of people stampeded to Dawson City. Today in Dawson, kids can pan for gold along Bonanza Creek, where one of the biggest gold rushes began.

    Klondike Highway
Dawson City
    Kluane National Park
    Watson Lake
    Tip: The Yukon has much of the wonderful wildlife as you can see in Alaska – caribou, moose, mountain goats, Dall sheep, grizzly bears, beavers, bald eagles, trumpeter swans - and many animals are easily visible as you drive along the highway.

Fun food


Instead of the usual hamburgers, try caribou, elk or musk ox burgers, and bison chili.

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yukon childrens books Gold Rush Fever  
Gold Rush Fever
Barbara Greenwood, Heather Collins

Thirteen-year-old Tim and his brother come to strike it rich in the Yukon, climbing over the treacherous Chilkoot Pass, and boating down the Yukon River to Dawson City. Tim’s story is accompanied by historical information and photos, plus activities to do – make sourdough biscuits, carry a backpack, tie knots to load a mule, play solitaire to prevent cabin fever. (Illustrated chapter book)


Jason's Gold
Will Hobbs

In 1897, young Jason Hawthorn follows his brothers into the Klondike goldfields, carrying a thousand pound pack over the Chilkoot pass, and canoeing down the Yukon River. Nearly trampled by a moose, Jason is rescued by an old prospector, but will he survive the subarctic winter? (Chapter book)

And Jason's next adventure: Down the Yukon


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yukon gold rush kids history Crazy for Gold  
Crazy for Gold
Frieda Wishinsky

Whisked back in time to 1898, Emily and Matt land at the bottom of the Chilkoot Pass, where they join up with a family going to Dawson City, climb up over the snowy summit, sail a boat through the rapids, and unexpectedly find gold.  (Easy reader)



White Fang
Jack London, Tom Ratliff, Penko Gelev

Jack London's classic, in a graphic novel format – White Fang, part wolf, part dog, grows up learning how to brutally survive in the frozen Yukon Territory, even in dog-fights, until a kind-hearted man rescues him. Good for older kids. (Graphic novel)


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yukon kids dog sledding Dogteam  
Gary Paulsen, Ruth Wright Paulsen

On a moonlit night, a dog musher harnesses the sled dogs, and goes out for a run in the crisp, cold snow. The sled whips through the trees with no sound but the song of the runners and the soft jungle of the dogs' collars.  There's nothing quite so beautiful as a night run.  (Picture book)



Yukon River
Peter Lourie

Author takes a canoe down the Yukon River to the Klondike gold fields, following the same route as the prospectors. Starting in Whitehorse, he paddles for 460 miles, past deserted mining camps and cabins, following the shape of this mighty river. (Picture book)


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Children of the Yukon native americans kids  
Children of the Yukon
Ted Harrison

Vibrant story of kids in the Yukon – panning for gold in Bonanza Creek, exploring Dawson City, out in the snow under the northern lights. Bold colorful illustrations by Yukon artist Ted Harrison. (Picture book)


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