Friday, July 16, 2010

McBride Museum of Yukon History

I'm not especially a great fan of museums.  I'd rather be out doing something like creating a new adventure. But I really liked the McBride Museum. This North Country is so vast that I found a look at the past is helpful to understanding the phenomenon of the 1897 Gold Rush and how it relates to the present day Yukon Territory.

This is a history laden series of buildings that offer displays, interpretive programs, guided tours, geology, natural history, programs on the NW Mounted Police (Mounties), and exhibits of the native peoples, and the Gold Rush.

This was a great opportunity to review the natural history and animal life of this region. So far we had seen many of the animals preserved in the museum, except for the elusive wolverine. Along the highway, on our walks, or on the lakes, we had seen bear (grizzly and black), moose, snowshoe hare, beavers, muskrats, wolves, and Mountain Sheep. We were still looking for Caribou and Wolverines.

The museum also provides an unusual glimpse of life in the late 1800s. From Sam McGee's cabin to the everyday life of the prospector, a visit provides an opportunity to delve deeper into the era of the Gold Rush. As I said previously, one can get a great overview of the Yukon Territory and the city of Whitehorse by walking around the city on the many walking paths in and out of Whitehorse, visiting the McBride Museum during the day, and visiting the Frantic Follies at night.  This is a great town!


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