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Who is Shawn Ryan

A Rare Find In Exploration


In 1997, a century after Skookum Jim Mason, Dawson Charlie and George Carmack found the gold which triggered the 1897 Yukon Gold Rush, one man set out to find its mother lode.

12 years later, that commitment is producing extraordinary results.

Writing The Next Chapter In A Golden History


Born in a mining camp, and having spent much of his life in the Yukon, Shawn Ryan is a truly rare find.

A devoted believer in rigorous science, he set out to survey the trenches and faults which fed the basins and streams where most of the Klondike placer gold was originally found.

Unlike many areas of Canada, the White Gold region has never been glaciated.  This particularly important feature of the region means the soil profile at surface is the weathered equivalent of underlying bedrock.  As a result, sampling the soil and analyzing for gold content is an effective and accurate exploration tool for locating gold enriched bedrock structures.

Armed with this knowledge, Shawn Ryan set out on an intensive 12 year program that included over 70,000 soil samples in highly regimented grids across the vast area south of Dawson City where the Klondike Gold Rush took place.

It's the most comprehensive exploration ever conducted in the Yukon.

The results speak for themselves. In the past 18 months alone, his properties have demonstrated resources of over 1.4 million ounces of gold.