Yukon River Breakup

Recording breakup

As the focus of a vigorous betting tradition, the exact time and date of breakup has been recorded annually since 1896. These breakup times note the moment when the ice moves the tripod on the Yukon River at Dawson.

Picture of tripod on river
A tripod is set up on the ice, and connected by cable to the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre. When the ice starts moving, it takes the tripod with it and stops the clock, recording the official break up time.

Year Datesort ascending Time
1964 May 28 12:13am
1896 May 19 2:35pm
1965 May 18 4:54am
1920 May 18 7:45pm
1897 May 17 4:30pm
1899 May 17 4:10pm
1962 May 16 1:39am
1935 May 16 11:39pm
1945 May 16 9:31pm
1985 May 16 11:05am
1917 May 15 2:00pm
2013 May 15 6:08pm
1959 May 15 1:01pm
1922 May 14 11:29am
1913 May 14 5:11pm
1901 May 14 4:13pm
1982 May 13 12:00pm
1955 May 13 Unrecorded
1927 May 13 11:23pm
1903 May 13 11:38am
1949 May 13 1:31pm
2002 May 12 4:16pm
1952 May 12 2:14pm
1967 May 12 6:47am
1938 May 12 6:38am
1948 May 12 4:15pm
1939 May 12 11:55am
1971 May 12 5:32pm
1921 May 12 12:45pm
1954 May 12 10:42am
1986 May 12 6:22pm
1909 May 11 9:46pm
1919 May 11 12:00am
1902 May 11 8:45pm
1972 May 11 7:00pm
1970 May 11 5:37pm
1910 May 11 4:06pm
1931 May 11 6:23pm
2006 May 11 12:55am
1918 May 11 9:45am
1966 May 11 5:55am
1906 May 11 7:45am
1937 May 10 11:18am
1974 May 10 10:55pm
1914 May 10 9:11am
1950 May 10 12:13pm
1905 May 10 5:21am
1923 May 10 9:20am
1930 May 10 6:43pm
1947 May 9 Unrecorded
1957 May 9 2:42pm
1912 May 9 10:03pm
1987 May 9 9:31pm
1933 May 9 10:57pm
1975 May 9 7:09am
1925 May 9 8:15am
1968 May 9 10:31am
1946 May 9 3:38pm
1928 May 9 8:12pm
1961 May 9 4:29am
1984 May 8 1:46pm
1924 May 8 12:47pm
1992 May 8 8:09pm
1900 May 8 6:00am
2001 May 8 Unrecorded
1973 May 8 12:23am
1898 May 8 8:15pm
1951 May 8 11:06pm
1999 May 8 3:30am
1981 May 8 6:17pm
1904 May 7 9:44am
1929 May 7 2:23pm
1977 May 7 12:47am
2003 May 7 6:01pm
1996 May 7 12:58pm
1908 May 7 5:27pm
2011 May 7 4:21pm
1956 May 7 4:03pm
1911 May 7 12:27pm
1942 May 6 10:30am
1980 May 6 10:57am
1978 May 6 8:24pm
1969 May 5 9:32am
2000 May 5 4:32pm
1907 May 5 6:52am
1953 May 5 8:24am
1963 May 5 6:22pm
1936 May 5 6:02am
1944 May 5 1:27pm
1976 May 5 3:20am
1997 May 4 1:41pm
2007 May 4 1:32pm
2015 May 4 6:41pm
1960 May 4 6:50pm
1998 May 4 2:03pm
2008 May 4 12:36pm
1958 May 4 2:11pm
2004 May 4 12:06am
2017 May 3 10:04am
1915 May 3 5:55pm
2009 May 3 12:17pm
1916 May 3 10:03am
1926 May 3 10:48am
1932 May 2 7:32pm
1979 May 2 5:09am
1943 May 2 7:00pm
1934 May 2 9:57am
2014 May 2 1:18pm
2012 May 1 9:42am
1994 May 1 1:54am
1983 May 1 3:26pm
1988 May 1 3:04pm
1995 April 30 Unrecorded
2010 April 30 3:12am
1990 April 30 3:51pm
1941 April 30 Unrecorded
1991 April 30 10:16am
1989 April 29 11:22pm
2005 April 29 9:35am
1993 April 29 5:02pm
1940 April 28 1:54pm
2016 April 23 11:15am