About Yukon Gold

Season 5 premieres Wednesday, March 15 at 10pm E/P

Season 5 of Yukon Gold continues the adventures of gutsy miners battling every obstacle that stands in their way – weather, breakdowns, crew, their physical and mental endurance – all in the quest for gold.

Fan favorite Big Al McGregor returns to Indian River, feeling stronger as he continues his recovery from cancer, and more determined than ever to make his mine a success. Never one to think small, he’s set his sights on a thousand ounces of gold but when his first pit produces less than an ounce an hour, Al is forced to rethink his strategy. He always mined using his gut as his guide – but now Al’s got to mine smarter and starts testing the ground, hunting for a gold-rich hot spot to turn his season around.
Mining family Nika Guilbault and Chris St. Jean are back on Stowe Creek with their 3-year-old daughter Zyla and young twins Hunter and Nevada. No longer content to live hand to mouth, Nika and Chris have decided to pull out all the stops with an ambitious plan to more than double last year’s gold production, aiming for 1000 ounces of gold. To move dirt more quickly and efficiently, Chris and Nika are digging deep in their pockets, buying equipment and hiring more experienced crew – but now they need their investment to pay off in big gold.
 

Season 5 introduces two new mining camps to Yukon Gold.

Paul Joseph (PJ) and Andy Tai are childhood friends and mining partners but polar opposites: PJ is a tough outdoorsman and equipment operator; while Andy is a semi-professional poker player and venture capitalist from the city. As they start their second season mining, these novice miners have set a 600 ounce goal – enough dig themselves out of $1 million in debt. If PJ and Andy don’t make a profit this season they can’t afford to come back next year. But mining in the volatile 50 Mile Valley proves challenging - flash floods and overflowing rivers, bears and breakdowns all play havoc on their mining season. It’s a make it or break it year for these young miners, but the odds are stacked against them.

Also new to Yukon Gold are prospectors Ed Long and Riley Gibson who are turning a lifelong dream into a reality -  setting up a mine for the first time on Rabbit Creek, high up in the Ruby Mountain Range, in the traditional territory of Ed’s people, the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. Their goal is to build a life for their families in this isolated wilderness: mining for gold; hunting for food and living a bush lifestyle, along with Ed’s wife Kristen and their two young sons Ryker and Rylan; and Riley’s wife Casey and their newborn daughter Jane. But setting up a mine and keeping the plant running proves more difficult than these greenhorn miners ever imagined and they are behind from the start. It’s a battle to the bitter end to turn their dream into a reality.

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