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Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp
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Skagway Salmon Bake at Historical Liarsville Camp
Ranked #21 of 65 things to do in Skagway
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: TOUR INCLUDES: All-you-can-eat fire grilled salmon and accompanying menu items, access to Liarsville historic exhibits, live melodrama and entertainment, gold panning and all the gold you discover. Round-trip transfer from cruise ship dock. FULL DESCRIPTION: At the foot of the White Pass, nestled beside a waterfall, discover Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp and Salmon Bake, so named for the journalists dispatched to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush who fabricated tall-tales from this very location. Your Liarsville experience begins with an all-you-can-eat alfresco feast in the forest that includes WILD Alaskan-caught salmon freshly grilled over an alder wood fire, Chilkoot Chicken, Panners Pasta, Liarsville Rice Medley, Prospector Pete's Reindeer Beans, Sluice Box Slaw and other fresh salads, cornbread, coffee, lemonade, and blueberry cake for dessert. Beer and wine are available for purchase. After your meal, mosey on over to our gold rush era trail camp. Here, you'll enjoy the waterfall and the authentic exhibits of Liarsville. Browse for souvenirs in the Fancy Goods Gift Shop. In the Hippodrome a cast of sourdoughs and dance hall girls will entertain you with a hilarious melodrama and a poem by the "Bard of the North," Robert Service. You'll be taught the art of gold panning, then be set free in the Liarsville gold fields, where you are guaranteed to find that precious metal that drove men and women wild with gold fever! You are guaranteed to find gold in every pan! Once you've made your fortune, take time to wander through the camp and visit the Fancy Goods store, bordello and laundry tents to view the antiques and vintage clothing left behind by the miners and ladies of the evening. Help yourself to complimentary cookies and apple cider and have your picture taken with one of the dance hall girls or the camp's lovable mascot, an Alaskan malamute named Dolly.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Saskatchewan, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
146 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2013

It was part of an excursion package with our cruise and it was an opportunity to pan for gold, see a brief show, and have grilled salmon. The show was very cheesy and not really entertaining. The salmon was good for the dinner. The gold panning was very crowded but it was good everyone had a few slivers in their pan to make it fun.

Visited July 2013
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Stillwater, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Gold??? Not in Skagway.”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Don't expect to find gold in Alaska especially at this little place. Liarsville is a tourist area that attempts to show you the history of the Skagway area during the Gold Rush. You can see setup living conditions and interact with actors that embellish the "Liarsville" time frame. The actors will explain the purpose of Liarsville and what the era was like and how people behaved. This place is definitely kid friendly and kids will enjoy the scene and gold panning, however depending on what you're looking to do an adult may not enjoy this as much. Keep in mind that no gold was found in Skagway, but you will find gold while you're gold panning here because you're supposed to.

Visited July 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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394 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“No lies here”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

We visited Liarsville as a part of an cruise excursion. Although it was somewhat corny and amateurish, it was still a welcome and pleasant break from cruising and coach touring. We have seen complaints about the food included in this excursion however if you accept it as it is supposed to be, it was ample and not un-appetising. The broadway show put on by the camp mates was amateurish but was still fun and entertaining. The Gold panning although staged soon had everyone getting excited, as they started to find specks of real gold in their pans. Although real and of little value we were allowed to keep these as a souvenir.

Visited June 2013
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AlaskaTravelAdv, Owner at Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp, responded to this review, August 30, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our tour. We appreciate your comments and are pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us. We want to take this opportunity to inform you about our photo contest. Please go to our website for more details. Hope to see you on another Alaska Travel Adventures tour on your next visit to Alaska.
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Not quite what I was expecting”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

We visited Liarsville as part of a cruise excursion, having taken the White Horse train up the mountain and a coach down, calling in at Liarsville on the way back to Skagway. I had been expecting something serious and museum-like. However the moment Moonshine Meg, the Good Time Girl, jumped on our coach and howled at us (and we were expected to howl back) I realised we were in for some tourist hokum. We were a coach full of adults and it felt as if we had accidentally wandered into a kids party. Having said that, the three staff were very good at what they did. They put 100% into their songs and skits and worked really hard to entertain us. I found the gold panning surprisingly enjoyable.

Visited June 2013
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St. Louis
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“Disney Vewrsion: Not what I expected”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

We did the special Disney version with the characters. Rush, rush, wait, rush, wait, rush.... describes the feel. The atmosphere was very Six Flag' saloon like, except it was in a tent. The scavenger hunt was just a time filler and very silly. Not much time with the characters and only 3 characters came .On the first day we could book port excursions, I actually took a day off to work to book this excursion before it filled up. I was so excited to take my young grandchildren. Cheesy is an understatement. The entertainment consists of a story teller/puppet show. It was gloomy and drizzly and most things are outside so dress appropriately. Although you are guaranteed to find gold flecks that they tell you were purchased in Canada and salted into the gravel mixture prepared inn the pans you are given, I didn't but didn't have the desire to take a second pan to look for "gold." Roasting marshmallows over the campfire on sticks was a nice touch. The little kids enjoyed the gold panning though because they always like to play in water. Good blueberry cake and delicious grilled salmon with a sweet teriyaki sauce. Cute sled dogs roaming about so if you are allergic or fearful of large dogs stay away. The dogs are friendly and the kids loved them. If you are looking for a Skagway excursion opt instead for something else.

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