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Discovery Day

August 15

Discovery Day - August

Discovery Day celebration is an annual holiday held in Canada in the Yukon Territory. On this day, many institutions do not work, thereby giving employees a break. August 15 is a great date to learn something new!

The History

The origin of the holiday goes back to 1896. George Washington Carmack accidentally discovered gold in Bonanza Creek while fishing in the Klondike River. The event led to the beginning of the gold rush – miners and merchants came to the area in the hope of enriching themselves. In 1899, the interest in the Yukon subsided, as gold was also found in other areas.

In 1911, the holiday began to be celebrated at the state level – as a special event that led to the formation of Yukon an independent territory. Here, to this day, the mining industry does not fade away.

Interesting facts

Interestingly, during the gold rush, more than one billion dollars worth of gold was found. Gold resources have not dried up here, large corporations are engaged in their extraction.

Carmack was not a gold digger, but went to Alaska in 1881 to try his luck in the search. The journey was not successful, so he soon returned back.

How to celebrate

What is the best way to celebrate Discovery Day celebrations:

  • visit various festivals, which include dances, competitions, sports tournaments, etc.;
  • have a fun party with friends;
  • watch movies about the gold rush.

Usually, the main events take place in the Yukon capital Whitehorse and Watson Lake.

Important: if you are going to the festival, you must leave earlier, because the traffic on this day is difficult.

When is Discovery Day celebrated in 2022?

Discovery Day is observed on the third Monday of August each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Monday August 15 2022
Monday August 21 2023
Monday August 19 2024
Monday August 18 2025
Monday August 17 2026


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