Posted on Jan 5, 2018

There is no other place like Tr’ondëk–Klondike in the world. It’s a living, evolving, cultural place. Tr’ondëk–Klondike tells the story of two cultures with very different relationships to the land, which were suddenly bound together by the iconic Klondike Gold Rush. Indigenous and mining activities have co-existed in Tr’ondëk–Klondike from the gold rush to the present day, where they continue to shape the landscape and the peoples who live here. It is an exceptional, intact and comprehensive example of how 19th Century gold rushes have had a profound influence on landscapes, culture and people.

Tr’ondëk–Klondike is a cultural landscape proposed for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2018. It consists of historic and modern sites along an 85-kilometre stretch of the Yukon River, in the Gold Rush-era town of Dawson City and in the Klondike goldfields. It features Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in sites, camps and settlements such as Tr’ochëk fishing camp and Moosehide Village; the streetscapes and buildings of Dawson City and Forty Mile, and the machinery and sites associated with 120 years of continuous, and continuing, placer mining in the goldfields. The site includes heritage buildings, as well as archaeological sites, sternwheelers, a gold mining dredge, the evolving community of Dawson City, operational placer mining, and ongoing Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in traditional activities on the land.