Klondike, Yukon

The Klondike (/ˈklɒndk/) is a region of the territory of Yukon, in northwestern Canada. It lies around the Klondike River, a small river that enters the Yukon River from the east at Dawson City.

Hunker Creek Valley, Klondike

The area is merely an informal geographic region, and has no function to the territory as any kind of administrative region.

The Klondike is famed due to the Klondike Gold Rush, which started in 1896 and lasted until 1899. Gold has been mined continuously in that area, except for a pause in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The name "Klondike" evolved from the Hän word Tr'ondëk, which means "hammerstone water". Early gold seekers found it difficult to pronounce the First Nations word, so "Klondike" was the best approximation.


The climate is warm in the short summer, and very cold during the long winter. By late October, ice forms over the rivers. For the majority of the year, the ground is frozen to a depth of 1 to 3 metres (3 to 10 ft).[1]


Klondike is a district of the Legislative Assembly of Yukon. The current Premier of the Yukon, Liberal Sandy Silver, represents the electoral district of Klondike.


  1. ^ Reynolds, Francis J., ed. (1921). "Klondike, The" . Collier's New Encyclopedia. New York: P. F. Collier & Son Company.

Coordinates: 64°3′45″N 139°25′50″W / 64.06250°N 139.43056°W / 64.06250; -139.43056