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Skagway Shore Excursion: Liarsville Gold Rush Camp, Gold Panning and Salmon Bake Combo

Skagway, United States
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Embark on an exciting 2-hour Skagway gold-panning shore excursion while your ship is docked in port. Discover Liarsville, named after the tall tales that originated during the Klondike Gold Rush, and learn how to pan for treasure on your own in the town’s gold fields. See fascinating relics from the gold-mining era, and in the fresh air of the woods, dig into a hearty, all-you-can-eat feast of Alaskan fare featuring wild salmon. Port transport included.
  • 2-hour shore excursion from Skagway
  • Visit the historic Gold Rush-era camp of Liarsville
  • Feast on authentic Alaskan food at the included salmon bake and buffet
  • Learn how to pan for gold and keep all you find!
  • Explore the Gold Rush–era exhibits and historical buildings, and watch exciting performances
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Covered by Viator's Worry-Free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Gold Panning
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Souvenirs (available for purchase)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Ore or Broadway: dock please meet at the TOUR KIOSK AREA located beyond your ship’s pier security.
Railroad Dock: walk north on the SEA WALK towards downtown. Representative will meet you at the “Small Boat Harbor" sign located on your left just past the restroom building.


  • Skagway

Departure Time

12:00 PM
On this Skagway shore excursion, find out what the Gold Rush was like as you discover the historic village of Liarsville. After port pickup, head to Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp, located at the base of Alaska’s White Pass, beside a waterfall.

Begin your adventure with an alfresco buffet feast in the forest, fare that includes wild, Alaskan-caught salmon grilled over an alder-wood fire. Then, check out authentic exhibits of Liarsville’s history in the Gold Rush–era trail camp. Learn more about the tall tales written by journalists who ventured to Alaska during the Gold Rush. Walk by the historic bordello and the laundry tents to see the antiques and vintage clothing left behind by the miners and the ladies of the night.

Enjoy entertainment inside the Hippodrome, where a cast of 'sourdoughs' and 'dance hall girls' enacts hilarious melodrama and a poem reading. Later on, have your picture taken with one of the dance hall girls or the camp's beloved dog mascot, an Alaskan malamute.

Time to pan for gold! Learn the art of discovering this precious metal before you’re let loose in the Liarsville gold fields. When you've made your fortune, stroll through the camp and visit the Fancy Goods souvenir store. Enjoy complimentary cookies and apple cider before you’re driven back to Skagway port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return to the Skagway port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp
At the foot of the White Pass, nestled beside a waterfall, discover Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp and Salmon Bake. Liarsville was named for the journalists dispatched to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush who fabricated tall-tales from this very location. Your Liarsville experience begins with an all-you-can-eat alfresco feast in the forest that includes wild, Alaskan-caught salmon, freshly grilled over an alder wood fire, Chilkoot Chicken, Alyeska au gratin potatoes, Liarsville Rice Medley, Prospector Pete's Baked Beans, and a robust selection of other sides, salads and beverages. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Vegetarian or gluten free? There's plenty to tempt your palate! And, just when you think you've had enough—bring on the blueberry cake for dessert! Come back for seconds, or thirds, while a local entertainer sets a festive mood with Alaskan folk music. After your meal, mosey on over to our gold rush era trail camp. Here, you'll enjoy the waterfall and the authentic exhibits of Liarsville. In the Hippodrome a cast of sourdoughs and dance hall girls will entertain you with a hilarious melodrama and a poem by the "Bard of the North," Robert Service. You'll learn the art of gold panning, then test your new skills in the Liarsville gold fields, where you are guaranteed to find that precious metal that drove people wild with gold fever! Once you've made your fortune, take time to wander through the camp, browse for souvenirs in the Fancy Goods Gift Shop, and visit the bordello and laundry tents to view the antiques and vintage clothing left behind by the miners and ladies of the evening. Help yourself to complimentary cookies and apple cider and have your picture taken with one of the dance hall girls.
Duration: 2 hours 
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Layered clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children 13-17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Alaska Travel Adventures Inc.

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What is the maximum group size during Skagway Shore Excursion: Liarsville Gold Rush Camp, Gold Panning and Salmon Bake Combo?
This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

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Great Tour!
Alexandra G
, Aug 2019
Was not expecting much from this tour and was pleasantly surprised. The Salmon served at the Salmon Bake was really good! The show was a bit of a let down but the gold panning was fun. I would recommend it, especially for families.
Salmon disappointing
, May 2019
First piece of salmon was cold, 2 Piece was tough. No guidance as to where to go, what to do. We just roamed around figuring it out. Had to ask how we got back to the ship
The Salmon Bake was very good, but the...
, Aug 2017
The Salmon Bake was very good, but the show was very short. It was a few songs, and then panning for gold. I think it is over priced in my opinion.
This was a good excursion for kids and...
Andra C
, Aug 2017
This was a good excursion for kids and the history was very interesting. The salmon buffet had a lot of food, salmon, pasta salad, coleslaw, chicken, cornbread, desert and other items that were yummy. It was a plus that they served Alaskan beer as well for a minimal price.
Wish we had used the extra time for...
David M
, Aug 2017
Wish we had used the extra time for doing the 6 hour Yukon tour with the lakes and dogs and scenery. Show was informative but kind of corny. You have to listen very carefully to get the history revealed but it is somewhat interesting. Salmon and food was very good however. The gold panning is only instructional practice in troughs using pans with gold flakes embedded in the dirt. Good learning experience but you will never strike it rich. Only did this tour because some wanted the experience. Could be fun for some but I needed something more of natural beauty and awe.
It was cold and raining but yet they...
, Aug 2017
It was cold and raining but yet they had no heat lamps like the other bake we did at a different port. Food was not good, over cooked and extremely salty. everyone who I sat with agreed. The show was silly and I enjoyed that. gold panning was short lived and not super exciting. not worth the money or time.
This was a terrible excursion!!! If I...
Regina P
, Jun 2017
This was a terrible excursion!!! If I could give them no stars I would!!! Don't waste your time or money!! If we weren't bused in we would have left!! The bus picked us up at the cruise terminal and drove us to the location which was supposed to be a brothel. We were greeted by a woman pretending to be a prostitute at least I think she was pretending. She directed us to the picnic area for the salmon bake. The food was terrible and the salmon was DRY! After lunch they took us to this outdoor stage where the other actors all dressed as prostitutes performed a short musical. Every visitor was clearly uncomfortable. After the show they led us to the area to pan for gold Each of us were given a pan of sand and shown how to find the gold. Needless to say, noone left with more than a fleck of gold. Don't waste your money!!!!
Great staff, enjoyed the performance...
Robert K
, Sep 2016
Great staff, enjoyed the performance. Salmon was awesome
The grandchildren all loved this tour...
Roberta H
, Sep 2016
The grandchildren all loved this tour, especially panning for gold. They thought they were all going to get rich, and then quickly realized how hard it was to search for the little flakes of gold in the water. The staff was very patient and nice, especially since one grand child is very ADD and asks a million questions. Every question was answered with good humor and the staff never acted annoyed at the rambunctious antics of the children. The food was so so, but we weren't really there for the food, just the experience.
Food was excellent! They used a saloon...
mary L
, Sep 2016
Food was excellent! They used a saloon style show to tell you about the history and gave her a lesson on how to pan for gold before trying your own luck. There was time to look around at the tents and equipment used as well as shop in the Goods store.

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