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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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What You Can Expect

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

Salmon Bake at Liarsville Gold Rush Camp

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.


Customer Reviews

Roberta H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.

mary L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A brilliant trip and would definitely recommend it - a light hearted view of days gone by and just the right sort of tour amidst a heavy touring holiday schedule.
We were picked up near where our ship docked promptly and driven out to Liarsville - we were the only passengers. There we were met by Miss Molly - a 'lady of the night'. She gave us a personal tour of the camp as other guests had not arrived yet.
We saw the tents laid out as they would have been during the mining days, saw the different types of activities the miners experienced, together with tools of the trade. We visited the gift shop which was well stocked, When the other gursts arrived by bus we went straight over to the BBQ meal. This was amazing - so much food - chicken, salmon, salads and veg. blueberry cake for dessert to follow. During the meal a man played the guitar and sang folk songs. Soft drinks were available but alcoholic ones could be purchased from the saloon at a reasonable price.
Following this we were entertained by the 3 'ladies of the night' together with a man on a guitar - this was quaint and funny. We were also showed how to pan for gold.
Then it was our turn - it was more difficult than I thought but did eventually find a very small amount planted prior to our visit!! which we were allowed to keep. We were told it had the value of a Mars Bar.!!!
The rest of our time was spent looking around further and chatting to Miss Molly, who told us that a grizzly bear had walked into their camp 2 weeks prior. It was eating the dandelions there and then wandered around drunk!!
All in all a very enjoyable experience - definitely recommend it for all ages if you want to have some fun. Good value for money.

debbie s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was a good meal and entertainment. Staff was super friendly.

Georgine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great day. Good atmosphere and amazing food

Rusty J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We enjoyed the tour very much, would do it again.

Debbie A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The food was delicious. The town was cute and the little play giving the history of Liarsville was fun and well done.u

Larry H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Everyone was very courteous and helpful. Our bus driver added to the trip with lots of local color. The entertainment was very nice. Great group of people that made our gold panning experience very special.

Raymond C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Excellent experience. My teenagers finally admitted they enjoyed it.

Susan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Good food and entertainment. Everyone worked very hard to make this tour a good experience. Same tour that the ships use just a better rate with viator.

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