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Address: Dawson City, Yukon, Canada

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A Slice of History

You owe it to yourself to visit Bonanza Creek, if not for its beauty (it is not pretty), then for its historical and environmental significance. The Immense dredge # 4 scoured the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 September 2016
LesPicker
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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

You owe it to yourself to visit Bonanza Creek, if not for its beauty (it is not pretty), then for its historical and environmental significance. The Immense dredge # 4 scoured the creek, leaving ugly scars of tailings all along.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Its hard to believe that this little spot was what caused one of the greatest gold rushes to happen. Claim 1# on Bonanza Creek...its so small and human in scale that its hard to believe that billions (in todays gold prices) were eventually removed from the gold fields in this area. The info plaque at the parking lot explains the... More 

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White Rock, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

The history of this area is overwhelming, you enter by endless dredge tailing piles as far as you can see, I was very disappointed with the panning in the Free Area, quite small for the number of visitors, as an experienced gold panner I expected at least a flake in my pan, ended up buying some dirt at claim 33,... More 

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Vermilion, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

We drove down the road past Claim 33, past Dredge #4, about 3 more km to Discovery Claim, which is right along the Bonanza Creek. There is a parking lot there and walking paths that lead to the river. There are placards with historic information along the walk. There is a park bench to sit on at the river. Free.... More 

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Saltspring Is.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

We spent most of the morning looking and learning about the the early Gold Rush to the Klondike. If one is only driving along side the river it doesn't hold much interest without actually panning and experiencing the rush of Gold fever. We were able to try our hand panning at Claim 33 which was fun to do. There is... More 

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Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

You will learns lots. You will successfully pan for gold. The sisters that own/operate this concession located well outside Dawson City are most congenial and helpful. They will patiently show you how to properly pan for gold and you will extract at least a half dozen or so flakes (valued at 25 cents) which they'll gladly put in a small... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

Such a thrill gold panning on this Creek. Historical to the max! I could have stayed all day! Just the thought of "maybe" I might find a nugget..... This was the highlight of my trip!

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DeKalb, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

This is really a MUST-SEE spot for anyone visiting the Yukon. It is where it all began. Signage is fine if you have a car to drive there otherwise make arrangements for a tour at the visitors center.

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Cobble Hill, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015

Good to see the original site of the gold rush. There's a trail with interpretive bill boards for a self-guided tour. The boards were well put together with excellent historical information. some props, such as a sluice box and mine entrance. There were audio boxes, but these were not working. The whole thing was free and easy to find.

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015

Quiet & serene...hard to believe it was the scene of such gold fever! The information boards were extremely helpful - you could close your eyes and feel what it must've been like! - without intruding on the landscape.

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