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History in the Making: Diverse Cultures and Heritages in Canada

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Find more inspiration in Destination Canada's Canadian Signature Incentive Experience Collection e-book. The next chapters, 'Culture' and 'Heritage,' are now revealed at Destination Canada's Business Events team is your resource for exceptional experiences across Canada. | #MeetInCanada Jennifer Attersall, Director, Incentive Travel 403-923-5972 Emboldened by the legacies of prospectors with visions of gold in the Klondike, top-tier performers will discover a new level of ambition in the Yukon. They'll be inspired by historic sites from the gold rush era, museums with centuries-old artifacts and the traditions of 14 unique First Nations, which are still evident in this breathtaking northern wilderness today. With the discovery of gold near Dawson City in 1896, the Klondike Gold Rush ensued until 1899, making it the largest city in the Northwest at the time, and dramatically shaping the culture of the territory. Teena Dickson of Whitehorse Who What Where Tours suggests an excursion on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway. Completed in 1900 to help transport gold seekers to the fi elds, groups are entranced by their ride in the vintage gold-rush era, narrow- gauge railroad cars as they hear tales of times gone by. Mountains, glaciers, tunnels and trestles are but a few highlights of the route, which connects Whitehorse to Skagway, Alaska. The Yukon In Dawson City, a National Historic Site, your team will step back in time as they stroll boardwalks lined with colourful heritage buildings, take in a cancan show at Canada's oldest gambling hall, Diamond Tooth Gerties, and, if they're so inclined, sample the famed Sourtoe Cocktail at the Downtown Hotel. Afterward, charter a nostalgic cruise on the Klondike Spirit, the Yukon's only operating paddlewheeler, before heading to Free Claim #6, where groups can hope to strike it rich while panning for gold. Indigenous Peoples have called the Yukon home for thousands of years, and their histories and modern cultures remain intertwined with the territory. Dickson says that she works meaningful moments relating to these cultures into her programs, including gathering at cultural centres for traditional meals and enhancing the experience with First Nations artists and performers. Toast your incentive winners with a gala dinner at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre on the banks of the Yukon River in Whitehorse. The centre, which honours the heritage and culture of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation, offers an exquisite cedar-clad longhouse, that opens out to a fi re pit and stunning mountain views, for events. Continue the journey with us From coast to coast, there are countless opportunities for remarkable experiences that embrace the diverse cultures and heritages in Canada. There truly is something for every planner who is looking to organize incentive trips that are rewarding, enriching and unforgettable. PHOTO: GOVERNMENT OF YUKON/CATHIE ARCHBOULD PHOTO: GOVERNMENT OF YUKON PHOTO: ARCHBOULD PHOTOGRAPHY Klondike Spirit Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre White Pass & Yukon Route Railway 5

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