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Travel Guide to Canada - - Yukon -

S.S. KLONDIKE NA­TIONAL HIS­TORIC SITE

In the early 20th cen­tury, be­fore roads opened up the north, river­boats and rails linked the Yukon to the rest of the coun­try. The S.S. Klondike was the last Yukon River stern­wheeler in ac­tive ser­vice and was des­ig­nated a na­tional his­toric site to com­mem­o­rate the era of steam-pow­ered river­boat trans­porta­tion in the north. It was the largest in a fleet of wood­fired stern­wheel­ers that car­ried pas­sen­gers and cargo along the Yukon River be­tween Whitehorse and Daw­son City. The Klondike now sits on dry land in Whitehorse, re­stored and re­fur­bished to her 1937-40 ap­pear­ance, and is open for self-guided tours as well as guided tours with knowl­edge­able tour op­er­a­tors (www. parkscanada.gc.ca/ssklondike). Na­tional Parks and His­toric Sites: www.parkscanada.gc.ca

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