Claim 33 Gold Panning

Claim 33 Gold Panning, Dawson City: Hours, Address, Claim 33 Gold Panning Reviews: 4.5/5

Claim 33 Gold Panning
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We are a combination gold panning & antique mining museum located in the heart of the Klondike Gold fields. Come learn how to pan. Current cost is $15.75/Pan including tax. Gold is guaranteed! There is no charge to visit our informal Museum and take photos if you wish. We are open mid May to mid September. We also feature gold nugget and mammoth ivory jewelry, northern books in several languages , souvenirs , and cold drinks and snacks. We rent pans and shovels for use at Claim #6 for a cost of $2.10/Each incl tax.(Visitors who pan at Claim 33 are not charged a rental fee for a pan and/or shovel to use at Claim 6) Lots of on site parking. Types of payment accepted: Cash, cheque, travelers' cheque, invoice, Debit, Visa ,and Mastercard.
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Lesley V
Burlington, Canada27 contributions
Couples
If you're coming to Dawson you have to try out panning for gold. The staff here was super helpful and friendly. We learned the technique of panning and then used our skills to pan in the river. I even found a flake of gold when panning by the river!
Written September 7, 2014
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HelenWanderlust
Singapore, Singapore905 contributions
Solo
It was a very interesting experience to be given a pan of pay dirt, for us to work through, at the sluice box.
This is NOT easy.
Our short experience certainly gives us newfound respect for the dedication, hard work and tireless efforts of the early gold panners.
It is incredulous that most of them did this for months, if not years.
Their resolution to strike gold is indeed commendable.
Most of us will end up with a few flakes of tiny gold, so be persistent and work through finishing your pay dirt.
You can then pay for your 'rich' findings to be encased in pendants or earrings.
Otherwise, they keep them in a plastic vial for you to take home.
Do try this fun and 'rewarding' attraction to partake of a Yukon Gold rush experience, albeit for a few 'back- breaking' minutes only.
Helen Lim
Singapore
Written September 6, 2019
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Lanky3
Adelaide378 contributions
Friends
Claim 33

This is an essential gold panning experience. Not expensive and you can take the pan out to the public area to pan for more gold. They assist you with the basic technique and you will receive a small amount of real god for your efforts. The gift shop and museum are interesting and it’s a good place to take children. Who will almost certainly pick up the knack of panning better than their parents. Cost of $18.
Written July 30, 2019
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sdrnek22
Manhattan Beach, CA135 contributions
Couples
The only thing that made us realize we were at "Claim 3 Gold Panning" was a sign. When we arrived we saw a couple. The lady was pouring coffee for a visitor. There was nothing we could see that got our attention. We continued on. It was the same experience when leaving the area. Hopefully we didn't miss a great stop!
Written August 24, 2018
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SteveKINNS
Londonderry, Canada223 contributions
Friends
We enjoyed this attraction. Interesting and informative. Loved panning for gold. Guide carefully explained how to properly do it and , of course, everyone finds a few flakes of gold to take home:)) Fun!
Written December 10, 2017
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JayJayLoudonTN
Tennessee177 contributions
Couples
You will learns lots. You will successfully pan for gold.

The sisters that own/operate this concession located well outside Dawson City are most congenial and helpful. They will patiently show you how to properly pan for gold and you will extract at least a half dozen or so flakes (valued at 25 cents) which they'll gladly put in a small water filled tube so you can take them with you.

The grounds also include an easily walkable historic trail with lots of very informative photos/narratives.

As an extra bonus, historic Dredge #4 is just down the road and doesn't cost a dime to stop and view from the outside. There are also very informative signs/diagrams/narratives here, too.
Written June 12, 2016
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piercesmom
Vancouver, Canada822 contributions
Couples
For nearly $16.00 you can buy a pan of pay dirt guaranteed to be seeded with gold and get instruction on how to handle the pan in one of the two water filled troughs outside the store so you are left with the gold and no grit. (And a wallet size gold panner's certification and a vial to hold your gold) If you want, you could then borrow the pan and take it up to the free Claim #6, farther up Bonanza Creek road, and pan for yourself. We witnessed a tourist who found the actual panning too hard on his back and so returned to purchase several hundred dollars worth of nuggets to impress his children. This was my first gold panning experience and it is indeed trickier than it looks. I had fun trying though but even more enjoyed looking through the excellent selection of Klondike related books this store contains. Also bought some very interesting rock samples as gifts and the perfect painted gold pan fridge magnet. Pricing was quite reasonable and the staff are very nice.
Written July 10, 2015
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Medic55488
16 contributions
Family
Not bad. Road is a little rough but we took a 30 foot RV with no problem. You get to pan for gold. It was interesting how difficult it was to do it properly despite the instructions.
Written July 4, 2015
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Cathy Cooper
London, UK439 contributions
Friends
There is no point in going all the way to Dawson City without visiting the gold fields and Claim 33 is a fun and easy way to pan for gold with a guarantee that you will take some home with you.
Run by sisters Sylvia and Ginny, the Claim is just down Bonanza Creek a couple of miles outside Dawson. I was on a whistle stop driving tour of the Yukon with a friend and had limited time. I wanted to get the feel of the gold panning experience and also see the vast area where men toiled for months on end in appalling conditions during the Gold Rush.
The pans cost $15 and came loaded with pay dirt. Sylvia showed us how to place the pan into the water and carefully swirl it around to extract dirt and hopefully leave the heavier gold at the bottom.
There is definitely a knack to panning but in no time at all we had both found several tiny nuggets of gold. Our treasure was then placed in water filled vials to keep it clean and free from grease. Even touching the nuggets can affect the quality.
If I had had the time, I would have liked to hire a pan and take it to the free claim just down the road. I could have spent hours on the river bank trying my luck but I think you need more patience than a fisherman. Instead we drove further into Bonanza Creek to see a completely different type of gold extraction process at Dredge No 4 but that is another story.
I really liked Claim 33. It didn’t feel as touristy as I thought it would be though we had just missed a big party of visitors. The two sisters were very friendly and fun. I think there is a third but she wasn’t there that day.
When we got back to Whitehorse, we visited a jewellery shop and saw how much the gold nugget earrings were. I think my $15 panning experience was well spent.
Written August 22, 2014
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Hovat85
Augsburg, Germany37 contributions
Couples
There are 2 options to learn how to do the gold washing:
Option 1: You pay $15,75 and the ladies who run the claim show you how to do the gold washing (you will find gold worth some cents). Afterwards you pay another 2-3 bucks to rent a showel and a pan and then you can try your luck at Claim #6.
Option 2: You save the $15,75 and just rent a showel/pan for 2-3 bucks, go to Claim #6 and ask some other tourist how to do the goldwashing / learn it by doing.
But be warned: Claim #6 is quite touristy; I don't think that there is much gold left that hasn't been found yet :)
Written September 4, 2013
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