Klondike National Historic Sites
For many years paddle wheelers plied the Yukon River, pushing cargo-laden barges carrying everything from gold dust to passengers, evening gowns to dynamite. Burning wood to create steam, these riverboats used thousands of cords of wood that were stacked at riverside wood camps. They were the lifeline to the outside world, until improved roadways retired them in the 1950s. The S.S. Keno, a riverboat typical of that era, is located on the Dawson City waterfront.
The river has long been integral to life in the Klondike and this little paddle wheeler has quite a story to tell. A guided tour of the SS Keno will leave you with insights on how important river boats were to towns along the Yukon River, and what was lost with the completion of the highway. Climb aboard and explore this steam-powered stern wheeler, and learn how life here has always been connected to the Yukon River
Tickets available at the Visitor Information Centre.
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