All through history, adventurers have been looking for placer gold using the gold pan. Those who have had the best technique, coupled with skill, experience, and determination were best able to assess the value of the ground in order to determine weather to move on or stake a claim and start mining.

During a gold rush, when hundreds of other prospectors were testing the same ground, trying to make that stay or go decision, often depended on the speed of your panning and the accuracy of your results.

Each competition is held in a historically significant location with the contests reflecting the historical conditions and problems that were prevalent in the area.  It was recognized that each gold rush was unique with miners using different methods and techniques specific to their area.   Today these techniques and methods form the core of each panning competition.

So drop whatever you are doing and head for the Gold panning competition circuit. A group of four Gold panning contests which starts at Cherryville BC on the May long weekend and ends at Taylor BC in August


The following are the competitions being held this year. They are organized by date:

May 19-20-21, 2017- BC Open Goldpanning Championships at the Riverside RV Park in Enderby, British Columbia. Sponsored by the Vernon Placer Miners Club.

June 5, 6, 7, 2015 TBA after Feb 21 AGM Last year Alberta Gold Prospectors Association Spring Breakout and the 2014 Gold Panning Contest will be held at the buck creek Campground which is located in the Blue Rapids Recreational Area. For more information please see or download the newsletter from the website at www.agpa.ca

July 1, 2017 -  The Klondike Open and the  Yukon Gold Panning Championship on Front Street in Dawson City, Yukon. Sponsored by the Klondike Visitors Association.

August 1,2, 3, 2014 - World’s Invitational Gold Panning Championships at Peace Island Park, south of Taylor, British Columbia.  Sponsored by the District of Taylor.

August 16-17, 2018 - Fraser River Gold Panning Championships at Boston Bar B.C. Camping is at the Anderson Creek Campground. Reserve early by calling Dan at 604-948-4941 or Anderson Campground at 604-867-9089 Sponsored by Yukon Dan August 18.19, 2019

World Goldpanning Association

August 7-12, 2017 Moffit Gold 2017 at Moffit, Scotland



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