The Historic Riverboat - Whitehorse, Yukon





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Published on Feb 1, 2012

What is the most iconic landmark in all of Whitehorse? ... The S.S. Klondike of course!

Dry-docked beside the mighty Yukon River is where you will find the S.S. Klondike National Historic Site, and no visit to Whitehorse is complete until you've set your eyes on this piece of history. The GCAT crew did more than just look at this beauty, we were given the royal tour by Dan Verhalle whose job it is to look after the SS Klondike.

The SS Klondike is a history lesson on the development of the Yukon River and the riverboat industry during the Klondike Gold Rush era of the Yukon. It was the largest vessel of the British Yukon Navigation (BYN) Company which was a fleet of sternwheel paddle boats that plied the upper Yukon River between Whitehorse and Dawson City.

Originally built in 1929, she sank in 1936, then was rebuilt and launched in the spring of 1937. Restored to her original 1937-40 appearance, the S.S. Klondike pays tribute to an era of riverboat transportation and the inland water transportation system that linked the Yukon to the outside world before the advent of roads.

As we made our way around the decks, passenger quarters, and bridge we were transported back in time to the late 1930's. We could tell that the S.S. Klondike was more than just a transport vessel and offered a select group of passenger's complete comfort.

Next time you visit Whitehorse, make sure you pay a visit to this Northern Canadian piece of heritage and take a tour on the SS Klondike! You'll be glad you did.

Thanks for the tour Dan!

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