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Retracing the Chilkoot Trail

  • Aug 27, 2015
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Photo: Retracing the Chilkoot Trail. (Photo: Carys Mills/Canadian Geographic)

About 100,000 prospectors tried to get to Dawson City in the years after the 1896 gold discovery. While most stampeders didn’t strike it rich, and many didn’t even make it to the goldfields, they were part of the Klondike Gold Rush adventure.

About 3,000 adventure-seekers now annually hike the 53-kilometre Chilkoot Trail, which was the most popular route for stampeders, since it was the shortest and cheapest way to the goldfields. Parks Canada and the National Park Service, which now maintain the trail, both warn that today’s trek through Alaska and British Columbia is not for unprepared or novice hikers.

Last July, adventure travel company World Expeditions offered its first Chilkoot trip through its Great Canadian Trails branch. Local porters and a guide carried supplies, cooked meals and setup tents for four nights, making the trip more accessible to less experienced or equipped hikers. The following photos are from that trip, which also included two nights stay in Whitehorse, Yukon.

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