Charging into the Yukon's new gold rush


By James Kwantes
Vancouver Sun, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

DAWSON CITY, Yukon Territory, Canada -- It is possible to travel by boat for hours down the Yukon River to Dawson City without spotting another human, although you will likely see moose and black bears -- and if you're lucky, a grizzly.

It is quite a contrast from the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896 to 1899, when treasure hunters turned the river into a superhighway of steamboats, barges, canoes and rafts.

One of the stops for prospectors was Coffee Creek, a farm and trading post.

Today the way station is a barge stop and base camp for Kaminak Gold, one of several Vancouver-based companies taking part in a modern-day Yukon gold rush. Kaminak's 4-million-ounce Coffee gold deposit lies in nearby mountains.

"Thousands of prospectors would have stopped there over the years," Kaminak founder and chairman John Robins said with a smile. His appreciation for the irony is heightened by a personal connection -- his great-great-grandfather was a prospector who was part of the original gold rush.

"The Yukon has been one of the greatest teases for an exploration geologist," Robins explained in an interview. "It's one of the greatest places in the world for placer mining, but there's never been a (major) gold mine." ...

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