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Where Is Gold Rush: Winter's Fortune Really Filmed?

"Gold Rush like you've never seen it before." "Winter hits hard, but gold miners hit harder." Those are the taglines of the new season of Discovery's hit show "Gold Rush: Winter's Fortune." Tony Beets, Rick Ness, Dave Turin, Fred Lewis, and Dustin Hurt are back for another go at finding the biggest gold nuggets they can, and this time they're doing it in the freezing cold. Each prospector has his own goals and worries to overcome. Hurt needs to make sure that his mines haven't succumbed to the recent landslides in the area (via Discovery), while Beets decides to invest a ton of money in brand new equipment, in the hopes that he can increase his payload.

The show hooks in viewers by focusing on the journeys of each of the miners and their own individual reason for being there. Some, like Turin, want to prove that there's gold in old mines that have been overlooked. Others like Lewis didn't do as well as they hoped the previous year, but are determined that they can find more gold this time around (via EW). But the one thing these five men have in common is that they're all heading out in the off-season — winter. So where is this freezing tundra where the miners are hoping to find gold this time?

Canada and Alaska are the show's scenery centerpieces

"Gold Rush: Winter's Fortune" is filmed mainly in the Alaska Panhandle near Haines, and the Klondike region of the Yukon, where the majority of the prospectors' mines are located. Tony Beets and Rick Ness both have mines located in the Yukon area, and Dustin Hurt's claim is near Haines. However, Dave Turin decided to go to Idaho, and Fred Lewis' claim is in Sumpter, Oregon, so those locations should also make an appearance this season as well (via Outsider). Despite that, Lewis has also traveled to the Yukon area, evident on his Instagram.

While the views in the Yukon area are breathtaking, the harsh weather conditions make it one of the least populated Canadian territories (via The Washington Post). The fact that this was the location of the well-known Klondike gold rush of the late 1900s is one of the main reasons this area has always been chosen for filming the Discovery series (via NPS). There is a lot of history here, and the show feeds on that.

The second main location for filming is near Glacier Bay National Park, in the area known as the Alaskan Panhandle. But in December of 2020, there were disastrous landslides in the region that destroyed nine homes in Haines and left two people dead (via The Globe and Mail). As this is where Hurt's claim is, there is obviously a lot of tension around what he'll find when he gets there, making for another intriguing season of "Gold Rush: Winter's Fortune."