2021 World Gold Panning Championships

2021 World Gold Panning Championships Cancelled

January 11, 2021 – Dawson City, Yukon

The Canadian organizing committee is disappointed to share that we are cancelling the 2021 World Gold Panning Championships slated to be in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada, August 2-7.

As a result of the ongoing global pandemic, our committee does not feel like we can safely and responsibly invite international visitors to our community. Currently, travel to the Yukon is restricted to essential traffic only. We do not foresee this changing by the time our event was slated to happen, and we are supportive of measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

This incident has also affected our ability to properly plan and prepare for this event. With so much uncertainty surrounding public health restrictions, number of competitors, and current lack of funding available for international events, it was very difficult for the committee to properly put together plans to host a world-class event.

Further, most of our attendees require months of notice to organize their travel plans to Canada. We felt like we were doing our guests a disservice if we did not cancel at this junction. The Yukon and Canada are destinations that require time and effort to be best experienced, and we do not feel like the situation will change in time for our guests to appropriately organize their trips here.

The committee has been in regular contact with the World Gold Panning Association (WGA) and is supportive of any decision they make regarding 2021 competitions.

To our community and friends of this event all over the world, we are truly sorry we will not have you here in 2021, but we look forward to having you in Canada when times are brighter.

Stay golden,

2021 World Gold Panning Championship Committee
Dawson City, Yukon