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Caeter The Gold Rush

More than 100 years since pioneers struck it rich in Canada’s Yukon, the remote territory remains home to those who answer the call of the wild
Tony Beets has been mining gold in the Yukon since 1982, and his net worth is estimated at over $5 million. OPPOSITE Gold panning still reaps rewards in the Klondike

If the bulldozers on Tony Beets’ gold mine ever break down he could just use his bare hands. They are gigantic and caked in dirt, the way God’s must have looked the day he created the mountains. Tony came to the Yukon in 1982 for the same reason thousands before him did during the Gold Rush of 1896–1899, but the old stories don’t interest him much.

Miles Canyon, just outside Whitehorse, was just one of the tricky passes Gold Rush stampeders had to navigate by boat on their way to the Klondike

‘The history is the least of my concerns, to be honest with ya,’ he drawls. ‘It’s nice, but they could have left a little more.’

Panning for gold.
Cabins and a restaurant in Dawson City bear the name of Klondike Kate, one of the most famous dancers of the Gold Rush era

Despite a century’s worth of miners striking it lucky, there is still enough gold in these hills to have made Tony a rich man. His straggly hair and beard may disguise it but his net worth is estimated at over $5 million. ‘We strictly came here for the money,’ he says. ‘Let’s say that worked. We’re a little spoiled now, but like I always say...’ He holds up those dusty articulated fists. ‘It was earned.’

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