Gold mining in the Yukon: Gold panning, sluicing, and more.

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  • Published on Aug 11, 2018
  • Take a short trip with me to Dawson City, Canada. Have a look at how the "average, not for TV" miner gets gold. No staged arguments, breakdowns, or deadlines. No scripted drama, or ridiculous million ounce goals. Just average miners trying to make a few bucks and have a little fun doing it. The mining season lasts from May to the first of October, or as soon as the water freezes. Thanks for watching.
    This is a copy of a previously uploaded video. I was forced to re upload this video due to technical reasons, sorry for any inconvenience.

Comments • 1 499

  • MétéoMan
    MétéoMan Year ago +77

    Another masterpiece Dr. G! Who needs the History channel.

    • Will Linke
      Will Linke 2 months ago

      Lots going on! Equipment galore! Wasn't expecting that 😆 had a tough time watching the tv show as well...too much fake ass drama and bullshit 😆 Dr G the rest of the year must be about as close to torture as it could possibly be!

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  Year ago +2

      MétéoMan
      Thanks again buddy. Appreciate it.

  • Philip Poole
    Philip Poole Day ago

    Great scenery l only hope you always remember why you travelled up there when you arrived.

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  2 hours ago

      Leave no trace Phil. Thanks. :)

  • J Mccain
    J Mccain Day ago

    I've been farting around Alaska 6 years with a 6" dredge...I'm done.

    • J Mccain
      J Mccain Hour ago

      @Dr. G Not where I was working. Good stuff is mostly claimed. Couldn't get any committed help for more than a few days.

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  2 hours ago +1

      Not too much up there eh'.

  • Jennifer Hawks
    Jennifer Hawks 3 days ago

    Nice to see Erik again. He's a great pilot and a gracious host.

  • SWIFTY_WINS
    SWIFTY_WINS 5 days ago +1

    damn this guy loves nature.

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  4 days ago +1

      Hahah. I do Swifty. Always interesting my friend.

  • GFormica1
    GFormica1 5 days ago

    Awesome...

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  3 days ago +1

      You absolutely have to see it. You have two separate countries there as far as topography is concerned. The West is just amazing. The best part of your country in my opinion. I spend a month every year up there and love it. Thanks for the comment. 😊

    • GFormica1
      GFormica1 4 days ago

      Im a Canadian citizen, lived an hour west of Toronto all my life and when I see the beauty of my country, my own country, and I know nothing of it...it kills me.
      Im going to see it.
      Ive promised myself that after watching your video.
      Thanks.

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  4 days ago

      😊 Thanks a lot bud, I appreciate it.

  • Cathy Baumbusch
    Cathy Baumbusch 6 days ago +2

    Quotes Art 1 of US Constitution, pans for gold in Canada LOL.

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  4 days ago

      What does it all mean Cathy? LOL. 😊

  • Corey Purscelley
    Corey Purscelley 7 days ago

    25 oz and the cost to run and pay workers what was the real pay its like farming not much and dangerous

    • SWIFTY_WINS
      SWIFTY_WINS 4 days ago +1

      @Dr. G Sadly I must admit my knowledge comes from watching many shows about gold mining lol. Never actually mined for gold myself.

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  4 days ago

      Swifty_wins has it right, and sounds like he's done this before. :) It IS dangerous though. Lot's of people die from accidents doing this. Thanks for the comment.

    • SWIFTY_WINS
      SWIFTY_WINS 5 days ago

      Pretty sure that was just one cleanout of many that season my man... You don't run an entire season and only do a single cleanout.

  • Chris K
    Chris K 8 days ago +1

    Take me with you!!

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  4 days ago

      Roger that Chris. LOL :)

  • u tuber
    u tuber 8 days ago +1

    glad someone is getting out there and doing this because I can't!!!

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  4 days ago

      I'm glad I could take you there in spirit my friend. Thanks for the comment.

  • Paul Brown
    Paul Brown 8 days ago

    Why so many thumbs down?

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  4 days ago

      Great question Paul. The vast majority of the thumbs downers don't leave comments. For the few that do, I've tried to explain how minimal the end footprint is of this kind of mining. I definitely should have spent some time showing what the miners are required to do to reclaim the ground after mining. I've tried to leave plenty of explanations in the comment section though; but it's possible that reading is not everyone's forte. 😊 Thanks for the comment Paul.

  • Randy Velder
    Randy Velder 10 days ago

    Very cool vid loved it.

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  10 days ago

      Thanks for the comment Randy, I'm glad you liked it. 👍

  • Tony Bochene
    Tony Bochene 11 days ago

    Go straight to 6:5 minutes.

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  11 days ago

      Tony Bochene Gold !👍

  • minty 178
    minty 178 12 days ago

    What lady that doesn't like a big hose eh..lol

  • john halamka
    john halamka 13 days ago

    dodge - 1000

  • john halamka
    john halamka 13 days ago

    oro w du los

  • Kaleo Von Hamm
    Kaleo Von Hamm 13 days ago

    I like your sense of humor

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  13 days ago

      Haha, thanks Kaleo. I may as well have a good time. 😊 Great photo BTW. 👍

  • Pete Larson
    Pete Larson 14 days ago

    This guy is a real gold miner.

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  14 days ago

      Pete Larson hahaha. I don’t know about that but I sure have fun trying. Thanks Pete. 😊

  • krazytrinisteve
    krazytrinisteve 16 days ago

    Is this gold fever

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  4 days ago

      Hahah for sure. 😊

  • Randy
    Randy 16 days ago

    what kind of permits do you need to do that kind of mining>?

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  4 days ago

      If you're mining with heavy equipment the permits are quite extensive. A complete detailed plan of your anticipated activity needs to be approved by the government prior to any mining. The water license is probably the most time consuming and expensive permit. Thanks for the comment Randy.

  • Roger Dudra
    Roger Dudra 17 days ago +1

    Thanks for the peek. I looked at going up there many years ago. Too old now to be any good.

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  4 days ago +1

      You're welcome Roger. It's tough work for sure. The older you get the greater the chances for injury. Thanks for the comment my friend.

  • asd24327976
    asd24327976 17 days ago +1

    Can you explain a little more about the operation? Is this a claim that you co-own? or some sort of buisness that provides equipment allows people to come and mine their claim? How does this work?

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  4 days ago

      All the claims on the video are of friends of mine. I just help out. I don't know of any business's that would provide what you are describing. I have some claims of my own but they are not ready to mine yet. The investment in machinery and permits is quite extensive, so lot's of claims are just inactive. Thanks for the comment. :)

  • Ilija Stojanovski
    Ilija Stojanovski 17 days ago

    Boss

  • dogiit1
    dogiit1 18 days ago

    Katonka

  • Lui Mason
    Lui Mason 18 days ago

    You so lucky to live there in Illinois I never found gold 😭 I bought some but never found 🙃

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  4 days ago

      It's a long drive for sure, and I have friends up there that drive from New York every year. Keep digging Lui, you never know. 😊

  • Elizabeth Samways
    Elizabeth Samways 18 days ago +1

    Sorry, having to read everything instead of enjoying the video is annoying.

    • Elizabeth Samways
      Elizabeth Samways 3 days ago +1

      @Dr. G Thank you for your reply considering how many comments you have received. Much appreciated.

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  4 days ago +1

      Yeah, some people have trouble keeping up, but I wanted viewers to hear the natural sounds. Most of the gold show videos have added "end of the world" sounding drums and other distracting noises, so I thought I'd try it this way. Sorry it was difficult for you. My narration probably wouldn't have been much better. LOL. Thanks for the comment.

  • WOOD BUTCHER
    WOOD BUTCHER 18 days ago

    6:16 A WHISKY JACK

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  4 days ago

      There you go.!! fun. 😊

  • Diane Green
    Diane Green 19 days ago

    Absolutely beautiful country... straight out of a movie. My place for solitude. Did you get gold? Thanks

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  19 days ago

      Diane Green I can tell you would really like it up here. I always get a little gold. Not much but it’s always fun trying. Thanks for the comment 😊

  • Raven Bishop
    Raven Bishop 20 days ago

    Did I just go on vacation or did I just have a dream in my chair?

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  4 days ago +1

      Hahahahaha, You went on vacation Raven... And you didn't even have to suffer the ice cold weather. LOL. Thanks for the great comment my friend.

  • Halfdan Pedersen
    Halfdan Pedersen 21 day ago +4

    NICE LANDSCAPE. ITS A SHAME ITS BEING DECIMATED FOR A SMALL AMOUNT OF SHINY METAL

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  21 day ago

      It's not a shame... the "decimation" is temporary... the ground is moved... the gold is extracted... the dirt replaced... the trees grow back... and as a result you have your cell phone and computer to play with. Both of witch use parts made with gold. PLEASE GET INFORMED BEFORE MAKING STATEMENTS THAT ARE ALL IN CAPITAL LETTERS. Thanks for the comment.

    • SuperGoldnut
      SuperGoldnut 21 day ago

      Actually these guys clean it up and many miners also remove a bunch of the mercury. Ever hear of reclamation? It's the law

  • Jon Ryan
    Jon Ryan 22 days ago

    Makes me wish I never left and have wanted so bad to get back up their. Just can't afford to go and mine again. Thanks for sharing

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  20 days ago

      Jon Ryan yeah it’s not cheap, that’s for sure but the recent gold price increases sure have helped. I’m in dawson now and I’m going to pull the blower off a Detroit diesel water pump today chasing an oil leak. Hahah. Always something lol. Thanks for the comment.

  • kelly barry
    kelly barry 23 days ago

    Thanks for the ride along. Everything about this is very cool.

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  23 days ago

      Thanks Kelly, I appreciate the kind words 😊

  • 1990 C4
    1990 C4 24 days ago

    How much did you make for 6 weeks?

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  24 days ago +1

      Not much, LOL. When I'm helping out friends on their claims I only take the small token amount they insist I take. I have my own claims but they are not ready to mine yet. I could make a lot more at my regular job, this is just for fun. Thanks for the comment.

  • Deon Legg
    Deon Legg 24 days ago

    Omg I just realized I could just drive my Durango up to the Yukon...thanks for sharing this with me.

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  24 days ago

      Yeah, come on up. LOL. If it rains a lot you'll probably need 4wd though.😊

  • Columba Heena
    Columba Heena 24 days ago

    Hey love ur video, heading to Dawson city from Ireland in a few weeks time so trying to gather as much info on mining as I can. Is it possible to drive to active mine sites or are they private roads? Really just want to get some pics and have a look around.

    • Columba Heena
      Columba Heena 23 days ago

      Dr. G Great info, thanks for ur advise. Excited 😊

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  24 days ago +1

      Awesome, you'll love it. A few weeks from now it will be pretty cold so be ready. Lots to see. And lots of active mines. The roads are not really private unless they are actually on someones claim, and in reality, even then, you are not supposed to block someone who needs to get to his claim up river from you. So the miners kind of work it out. The problem you'll have is that occasionally someones sluice box is raided at night or when a miner is away, so you can't get close to an active sluice box; and the other equipment is very expensive and dangerous to me near. So if you do decide to "wander" into someones claim be very cautious and try and find the miner immediately. It might be best to talk to some miners in town and get permission to visit them on their claims. It's still a lot like the wild west up here. (I'm in the Yukon as I write this). So you have to be careful. They are very nice people once you show them you are not a threat. LOL Have a great time.

  • Fozman
    Fozman 25 days ago

    Agreat little film sir, thanks for sharing. Can hardly believe I am watching this randomly, and there's a fella on the screen from Lochgelly. What were the chances? I live five miles from there in Rosyth. Best of luck guys.

    • Fozman
      Fozman 24 days ago +1

      @Dr. G Yes, we speak in code, it's called Jockanese. We use it to fool the English over here.

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  24 days ago +1

      Hahah, fantastic Fozman. You Scots get around. He's a great guy. I can't understand half of what he says though. LOL 😂

  • E180tekno
    E180tekno 25 days ago

    j'aimerait pouvoir chercher de lor mais dans mon pays en france zero filon bref par contre sa detruit pas mal l'environnement non ?

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  2 hours ago

      L'environnement se rétablit très rapidement. Dans quelques années, vous ne pourrez pas dire ce qui a été extrait et ce qui ne l'a pas fait. Aucun produit chimique utilisé et le gouvernement vérifie tout. Merci pour le commentaire.

  • Jeffrey Knoerr
    Jeffrey Knoerr 25 days ago

    Thank you Dr.G for this great trip through the North west . I spent a week in Denali national park. Loved every second of it. It's been some time since that trip how I wish I could join you guys, just for the experience of all. You make gold mining look so easy an effort less. I no better than that though. I enjoyed the references to discovers Yukon gold by the way. Tonys' "junk" you said funny!! Anyways be safe and keep on keepin on!

    • Jeffrey Knoerr
      Jeffrey Knoerr 23 days ago

      @Dr. G no problem and thank you for gettin back with me. Have a wonderful day!

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  24 days ago +1

      Hey, great comment Jeffery. It is beautiful country for sure. I was down at the river yesterday and saw more of Tony's junk spread all over the place... looks like a scrap yard. Hahah. Just having a bit of fun 😊 They're all good guys. Thanks again for the comment my friend.

  • tim jones
    tim jones 25 days ago

    If your looking for a good hand send me a message.
    Captaintim38@gmail.com

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  4 days ago

      Roger that. 👍

  • dan haffy
    dan haffy 26 days ago

    ahh, the good ol'days! I used to work at Gertie's, good times!

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  25 days ago

      Oh wow. Awesome. It hasn't changed much I'm sure. Al still has his "gourmet snack bar" LOL Thanks for the comment Dan.

  • Victor Dell
    Victor Dell 26 days ago

    This is the real deal...You sound like my long lost friend Billy..Thanks..Wish I could go there...I'm an able bodied old guy.. :8)

    • Victor Dell
      Victor Dell 24 days ago

      @Dr. G Thanks doc..Maybe next summer...Good luck and thanks again for a great video.. :8)

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  25 days ago

      Hey thanks Victor. There are guys a lot older than you up here mining. :) You wouldn't have any trouble.

  • don burke
    don burke 26 days ago

    What a waste of my time, absolutely minimal actual gold mining. Mostly film of travelling..... Change the title !

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  25 days ago

      I guess you didn't like the "...and more" part. I'm sure your time is valuable Don, I'm definitely going to change the title.

  • m AUSTIN
    m AUSTIN 27 days ago

    Wow! Thank YOU sir. informative, good old working boys, And a bunch of gold! They have a TV show about gold digging up there that is not 1% as fun as watching this. You are a lucky man.

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  25 days ago

      Haha, thanks M Austin. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I appreciate your kind words. 👍👍

  • haynerbass
    haynerbass 27 days ago

    I've always been curious about what happens to nuggets that are bigger than the holes in the trammel.

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  25 days ago

      Good question Haynerbass. They fall off the end just like any other larger rock. Today people use metal detectors to try and find those left over big nuggets in tailing piles. Thanks for the comment.

  • ronald whittaker
    ronald whittaker 27 days ago

    lotta work to being self sustaining and miners just have to be

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  3 days ago

      For sure Ron. Hard work is good for a man. :)

  • ronald whittaker
    ronald whittaker 27 days ago

    id forgtten that can can girls were a thing back in the day

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  25 days ago

      The old timers here told me that in the 1960's people used to throw gold up on the stage for them. But that was when gold was 35 bucks an ounce. LOL

  • ronald whittaker
    ronald whittaker 27 days ago

    any one else notice the land slide up on the mountain near the town ?

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  25 days ago

      Good eye Ronald. I noticed that landslide is also in the photos of Dawson in the late 1800's so I'm sure it's been there long before that.

  • k1w1g0dd3ss
    k1w1g0dd3ss 27 days ago +1

    Loved the sights, commentary and humour. I'm another of the few Kiwi's to comment who was also surprised at seeing a Kiwi in your video. Nice job making the video, keep up the good work!

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  3 days ago

      I love the Kiwi's. Always a great time in the Yukon with them. Thanks for the comment.

  • Glen Navarro
    Glen Navarro 28 days ago

    Thanks

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  3 days ago

      I appreciate it Glen. :)

  • Michael Thomas
    Michael Thomas Month ago

    Looks like you would like to have some of Tony Beets junk.

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  29 days ago

      I'll take the Dredge... LOL

  • jedsart Joel aka Jedsart

    That is wild cool feeding wild bird's from hand out that way nice video man cool stuff.

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  29 days ago +1

      Thanks a lot my friend, It's pretty cool up there. 😊

  • Cactus Wren
    Cactus Wren Month ago

    I'm a card carrying member of Diamond Tooth Gertie's! Came through in 1980. Bought my big knee high red-toed mud boots there in Dawson. Had rained so much I desperately needed them. You are so lucky your windshield wasn't shattered. Most of them are from trucks throwing gravel. Driving all that way to Fairbanks is quite the adventure. I love Cassiar Highway. I love it all !! :))

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  29 days ago

      Holy cow. She is a wise woman, and you made a great connection. Fabulous story. The town is full of characters like that. Something for everyone. 👍

    • Cactus Wren
      Cactus Wren Month ago

      @Dr. G Speaking of mud boots, an Inuit grandma down from Tuktoyaktuk was there in Dawson that day trying to sell a pair of gorgeous handmade sealskin and red ribbon mukluks that were my size. I met her just after I bought my rubber boots and my $20 Gertie's card. She was only asking $20 for the pair. She was as desperate for money as I. I was eating only peanut butter sandwiches all the way up the highway. I wanted her mukluks SO bad, and to help her with $20, but I apologized to her and said I had just had to buy my rubber mud boots and was out of money except for gas, which was the honest to God truth. She smiled and took my hand and said, "You must be a Visitor. A Tourist comes here dressed in polyester with blue dyed hair and spends $300 and then leaves. A Visitor comes with only 1 shirt and one $20 bill and doesn't change either one. But they leave their heart. I really like Visitors. You're always welcome here with us." We both exploded with laughter. She had totally seen my heart and felt comfortable in our mutual poverty. I regret to this day that I couldn't buy her gorgeous sealskin mukluks, but she sure won my heart. I left it there with her in Dawson. I never forgot the message of love that was sewed into her works of art mukluks she was having to sacrifice for $20. :))

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  Month ago

      What a great comment. Gerties is a lot of fun, and I would have loved to see the red toed mud boots. LOL. 👍😊

  • William p
    William p Month ago

    Wow a kiwi - new zealander in your mining video!

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  3 days ago

      Love the Kiwi's LOL.

  • John Goguen
    John Goguen Month ago

    I like how on tv they said they were after gold after they cut a forest down then they had the 100 million cabin being built on the next show?

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  3 days ago

      The magic of TV. LOL

  • John Goguen
    John Goguen Month ago

    I heard that its a roll of the dice up there!

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  Month ago

      That's for sure John. :)

  • Adrian
    Adrian Month ago

    Beautiful place..

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  Month ago +1

      It sure is Adrian. Thanks for the comment.

  • stephen12264
    stephen12264 Month ago

    Dr. G HI my name is Stephen Mitchell I'm a homeless veteran who is disabled I was ran over and crushed by a drunk driver in 07 I was really messed up. I lost everything I had due to this guy. May I please ask you to go to my you tube channel I just started and view my videos. If you would like to help me afterwards please don't hesitate to contact me at stephen1226425@gmail.com. please subscribe if you would thank you and God Bless. By the way if I don't hear from you that's ok to. You do a great job on your videos.

  • elaine high
    elaine high Month ago

    loved this video...

    • elaine high
      elaine high Month ago

      I've now subscribed

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  Month ago +1

      Thanks Elaine, I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

  • Anthony wopaness
    Anthony wopaness Month ago

    Sooo, no one gets voted outta camp, or stab each other in the back, no body even gets a rose? thus it is all about the beauty of the land, and living within nature, looking at the stars with out egos, sounds like boring TV, but a wonderful way to live.

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  Month ago

      Very boring TV buddy. LOL. I love it... thanks for the comment. :)

  • Zhakir Zachariya
    Zhakir Zachariya Month ago

    Love the vid!

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G  Month ago

      Thank you Zhakir. :)