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Winter Trail
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Trail to Dawson

Winter freeze up on the Yukon River stopped the steamboats cold.  To keep passengers and freight flowing down north the Canadian Development Company, before the turn of the century, scuffed out a rough winter trail from Whitehorse to Dawson and the gold fields.

These facilities were eventually acquired by the White Pass who upgraded the trail and employed specifically designed freight sleighs to move thousands of tons of freight from railhead at Whitehorse to Dawson during the winter months when temperatures could plunge to sixty below.

These operations illustrate how the gold seekers had to learn the art of living and surviving in a cold and hostile land far removed from the great supply centres more than a thousand miles to the south.

Winter Trail

Photo 11 The Winter Trail. Click for larger view.