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The Official Friends Group for the 
Klondike Gold Rush National Parks 
 ~ Seattle WA, Skagway AK, Chilkoot Trail, Yukon Canada ~  

The end of the 1800’s was a difficult era in American history, still dealing with an economic depression that started in 1893 and by 1896 had caused double digit unemployment.  People from around the world were looking for something that could give them a boost.  When gold was discovered in the northern Yukon Territory of Canada in 1896, the rush was on.  Word reached the masses when, on July 17 1897 a ship with a ton of gold sailed into Seattle’s harbor.  Seattle grew from a quiet logging town into one of the busiest ports in the world, and over 100,000 people headed north to the gold fields.

But our story is not just about the gold.  It is about the adventure, the risk and the rewards of leaving the known behind and venturing north.  It is about the love of the land, the people and the legacy that this gold rush shared.  Those who did not strike it rich with gold still often struck it rich with stories, love, an appreciation of the land, and a life that would never be the same again.  While only 30,000 people made it all the way to the Klondike gold fields in Dawson City, Yukon, it was the 100,000 who tried, who opened businesses, who ventured outside their comfort zone, who took a risk, who followed a dream.  We celebrate all those rewards.

From Seattle to Alaska to the Yukon, the Friends of the Klondike Corridor works with the National Parks, residents and businesses, to weave together the various Klondike related national historic sites in Canada and the United States that together present the whole romantic international story of the Klondike Gold Rush.

To help share the Klondike Story, we have partnered with Holland America Cruise Lines to offer EXCLUSIVE cruise packages along the Klondike Corridor.  Cruises start in Vancouver Canada, and carry you North in Luxury (not the same experience as the stampeders had, but...) ending in Skagway Alaska.  From there, hike for 5 days over the Chilkoot Trail - No,, not really, we have a train for that now.  Take the Whitepass Yukon Route Railroad to Whitehorse, the Capital of the Yukon.  Spend time there exploring this historic town from the S.S. Klondike paddlewheeler to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve.  Then fly back to Vancouver on Air North, Yukon's Airline.  Great fun, Great Price.  

Also enter to win a free 3 day cruise - provided by CruiseOne.

Lets Cruise the Klondike Corridor....

About Us

About Us




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Why Support the Friends? What do your dollars fund?
Donations are just to fund our Community Outreach, Site/Park Development and Education. In 2017 we completed the following projects: 
~ Supported Seattle's Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park in the Seattle Pride Parade, Pridefest and Dragonfest events. 
~ Hosted a booth in Skagway Alaska's Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park's Jr. Ranger Day and taught several hundred children how to make ice cream like they did in 1897. 
~ Hosted a booth at the Dawson City Yukon Museum and taught even more children the joy of making ice cream (and a mess). 
~ Served hundreds of pancakes for Dawson City's Discovery Day event.
~ Organized and ran a youth summer Living History week long workshop in Dawson City.
~ Worked with youth to put on a weekend long Living History event at the Dawson City Museum. 
~ Worked with Parks Canada to support the reopening of Bear Creek, the site where the gold was melted into bricks and where the dredges of the Klondike were built from 1905 to 1966 (currently that site is closed to the public). 
~ Created the Klondike Corridor Chronicle - 4 page newspaper, which shares the Klondike story and provides advertising opportunities for our corporate sponsors.  Over 6,000 copies were distributed. 

All levels of donations are appreciated.  For example, as most funding grants do not cover the cost of food, with the help of local donors, we were able to provide lunches to the students participating in the Dawson City Living History Workshops, and purchase all the supplies for ice cream making. Nearly 100% of your donation will go directly into projects and programs.