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Northern Canada's Top Family Vacation Experiences


  • Panning for Gold: Eureka Gold Panning Adventures on the banks of Hunker Creek near Dawson City offers families the chance to find real gold flakes and the odd nugget in creek beds. Overnight accommodation in a canvas-covered heated tent. www.eurekagoldpanning.yk.ca

  • Dawson City Klondike Days: Just like olden days, the red-coated Mounties patrol the streets on horseback and the high-kicking damsels are performing the Gaslight Follies at the 100-year-old Palace Theatre. Start at the Visitor Reception Centre for exhibits on the Gold Rush, mail a letter from the 1901 Post Office and take a walking tour with a costumed interpretor.

  • Dawson City Music Festival: the second last weekend of July every year features musicians playing throughout the 24-hour daylight.

  • Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre: this new museum in Whitehorse tells the story of the first people in the north with films, stories and models of large woolly mammoth, scimitar-toothed cat and massive mastodon.

  • Big Bear Adventure Tours in Whitehorse specializes in canoe, bike, kayak and hiking tours for all ages.

  • Whitehorse Rapids Dam and Fish Ladder features a look at the longest Chinook king salmon migration in the world. Spot between 150 and 2100 salmon as they make their way up the fish ladder.

  • Bathurst Inlet Lodge and Treeline Lodge on Canada’s arctic coast
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