A half hour’s drive from Dawson City is Goldbottom, once a town of 5000 people, now home to just 5 residents. As you pan through rocks and gravel, learn about the gold rush and modern gold mining. Gold panning is a slow process for first-timers, but you might walk away with anywhere between one and ten flakes, all of which you can keep for your efforts.
Cost : Gold Field & Mine Tour (Provided transportation from Dawson) Adults: $55.00 per person Youths: $27.50 per person Self Drive Mine Tour (Self drive to Goldbottom townsite) Adults: $45.00 per person Youths: $22.50
Best time to go : Mid-June to end of September
Wheelchair friendly : No
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat : In Dawson City: Klondike Kate’s Restaurant Jack London Grill TJ’s Deck
Official Site : www.goldbottom.com
Where to Stay : If you’re the driving out yourself, why not spend the night? Goldbottom has four rustic log cabins on site, with wood or propane stoves. In Dawson City: The Downtown Hotel The Aurora Inn Triple J Hotel and Cabin
Getting There : Transportation is provided from the Goldbottom booth on Front Street in Dawson City. It’s a 45 minute drive from Dawson.
Note from Robin : Just like the real thing, panning for gold takes place outdoors. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable outdoor shoes, and definitely bring bug spray. You’ll hopefully discover flakes of gold more valuable for sentiment than currency, as opposed to the 72-ounce nugget found in Eldorado Creek.
PHOTO: JUSTIN KENNEDY