Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
The first stop for most visitors to Atlin is the community's old school house, built in 1902. The schoolhouse is now the Atlin Museum and contains information and artifacts from the town's diverse history, most significantly its gold rush years in the early 1900s. Take a walking tour.
The Atlin Museum offers informative historical walking tours of downtown Atlin and its restored original buildings. Cost is by donation. The tours teach participants about Atlin's beginnings, its popularity with stampeders, tourists and miners in the early 1900s, and how the town shrank from about 10,000 residents to its population of 400 today.
A particular point of interest is the M.V. Tarahne, an old propeller ship parked at the edge of downtown on the shores of Atlin Lake. The ship was once a luxury liner that cruised around the lake in the 1920s, when Atlin was a popular tourist destination. The boat was put out of commission during the Great Depression in 1936.
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