Welcome to Skagway Tours and Cruise Excursions in Skagway by Shore Excursioneer
This is a town with a rich, and colorful, history! Skagway began as a peaceful settlement at the mouth of the Skagway River until 1896, when gold was discovered in the Yukon to the north. Within a year, the first steamer arrived with would-be miners hoping to strike it rich. Skagway was as far as the steamships could travel, but the gold fields were still another 500-mile hike over the pass and into Canada. By 1898, the settlement of Skagway had grown to 8,000 people, many afraid to do the hike to the Klondike so most stayed behind to supply the estimated 1,000 a week who risked the trek. There are many activities to do in Skagway like our Skagway Ultimate Nature Combo Excursion in Haines.
As you can imagine, the sudden growth could not be contained or controlled, and fights and liquor became the norm with con men seemingly everywhere. Perhaps the most famous was "Soapy" Smith, who, besides running a ring of thieves who swindled prospectors with cards, dice, and the shell game, also ran the telegraph office sending telegraphs to anywhere in the world for $5.00. There was only one problem; the telegraph didn't reach Skagway until 2 years later.
By 1899, the mass of gold-seekers had dwindled and Skagway's economy began to collapse. A year later, when the railroad was completed, the gold rush was almost over. The same year, Skagway was incorporated.
Today, Skagway has less than 1,000 year-round residents and is still the gateway to the Klondike. However; today's explorers pack cameras, not shovels. Downtown Skagway has approximately 100 historical buildings from the gold rush era and the White Pass and Yukon Railroad still transports people up and over the pass. Check some of our excursions options that will take you to this amazing locations: Skagway White Pass Summit and Highlights Excursion, our Skagway Yukon Alaska Sightseeing Excursion, Full Day and our Skagway Liarsville Gold Rush Camp and Salmon Bake Excursion. It is a quick 45-minute boat ride to Haines and the scenic Chilkoot Valley where you can experience our Skagway Chilkoot Lake Nature and Wildlife Viewing Excursion.
Fun Fact: The closest traffic light is over 100 miles away in Whitehorse, Canada.
We offer the absolute best options for your tours and cruise shore excursions in Skagway!