Friends of the Klondike Corridor was founded in April 2013 to support and enhance the growth of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Parks, stretching from Seattle to Alaska to the Yukon Canada. With the downtown Seattle Unit of NPS, the Skagway Unit in Alaska, and Parks Canada, we work to preserve the story of the stampede to the Yukon gold fields. Our partnership agreement with the U.S. National Parks Service and Parks Canada states our mission to support these Parks through preservation, education and outreach to the community and volunteers.
The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Parks are very special national treasures, spanning two countries, including the Chilkoot trail, a 53 km (33 mile) trail that many adventurers trod and one of the few National Park sites that is jointly managed by two countries. These Parks represent the spirit of adventure that unified our country and added the stories of Jack London, poetry of Robert Service and the amazing legacy of the Alaskan Gold Rush to our national lexicon.
Today the Parks work to preserve original buildings, trails, and the spirit of the adventure. Our Friends group supports their efforts through fundraising and awareness building.
The Friends of the Klondike Corridor, Inc. is incorporated in the United States as 501(c)3 and is the official fundraising organization for the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Parks in Seattle, Washington and Skagway, Alaska. The Friends of the Klondike Corridor Group is a registered Society in the Yukon Canada and supports Parks Canada’s five Klondike related National Historic Sites in the Yukon .
The mission of both organizations is to create an inclusive foundation which supports Klondike National Historic Sites in the following ways:
~ Historical preservation projects
~ Educational programs and materials
~ Scientific research projects
~ Recreational infrastructure improvements
From Seattle to Alaska to the Yukon, this is done primarily through fund-raising, programming and consultation with stakeholders to weave together the various Klondike related national historic sites in Canada and the United States. Together these sites present the whole captivating international story of the Klondike Gold Rush.
The goals of the organization are to:
• Create a unified voice for the marketing of the Corridor
• Increase awareness and bolster education in regards to the history and culture of the Corridor
• Increase visitor services, expand experience opportunities and boost tourism volumes
• Help to preserve historic buildings/artifacts for today’s visitors and for future generations
• Provide a platform whereby local residents can better support “their” Parks
These are membership driven organizations funded through membership fees, donations, corporate sponsors and grants. Your participation is greatly appreciated.