Land of the midnight sun!
Favorite thing: One of the reasons why I wanted to visit Dawson City in June was because I wanted to experience what it felt like to be there when days are 20h long. In June, the sun sets shortly before 1:00 am and gets up again shortly before 4:00 am. Even when it goes down, it never really gets dark. The most wonderful thing about it is that you end up having plenty of time to do all your activities - you can visit museums during daytime and go out for a drive or hike in the evening since there will still be plenty of light around. In my case, it also meant that I was full of energy right until the time I finally managed to convince myself that it was time to go to bed!
Dawson City's Information Centre
Favorite thing: I recommend stopping by Dawson City's Information Centre when you first get to town. The centre's friendly and knowledgeable staff will go out of their way to help you make the most of the time you have to spend in Dawson, whether it's one hour, one day or one week. It's also the place to go to find out more about the different activities organized by Parks Canada around town. Single tickets and mutiple activity passes are sold at the centre. The information centre is open daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, from early May to mid-September.
Favorite thing: OUSIDE THE CITY DIRECTION TO WHITEHORSE YOU LL HAVE A GREAT VIEW WHEN YOU DRIVE AT THE HIGHEST PEAK OF DAWSON CALLED " THE DOME " . IT IS NOT FAR AWAY FROM THE CITY , BUT YOU LL HAVE NICE BIRDVIEWS FROM THE CITY ,THE KLONDIKE AND THE CLAIMS
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Yukon and Klondike Rivers
Favorite thing: Dawson City was built on a marshy spit of ground at the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers. A "Confluence Viewing Deck" on the south side of town offers exhibits which detail some of the early history of the area.
Before the gold rush there was not a permament settlement on this spot, which was sometimes referred to as a moose pasture. The native Han people did occasionally use the area as a fish camp.
A dike keeps the river out of the city today. Along the top of the wall is a nice walking path. It is interesting to see the difference in the two rivers. The Yukon is filled with glacial silt and has almost a muddy appearance. The Klondike is clear. After the rivers merge they both become the Yukon, which winds it's way genererally westward into and through Alaska and to the Bering Sea. The river is very popular with rafters, Kayakers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.
Favorite thing: The town's council is spending lots of money on the preservation of the many historical buildings and is doing a really good job. All the buildings are very charming and nostalgic, so I warmly recommend to slowly explore every street and avenue (they are not many, don't worry) and take in the sights. There are all sorts of old wooden stores and restaurants to see, but one should not miss the town's library, either.
Fondest memory: the people at the firefighters museum - that i had to visit on behalf of a firefighter friend: wonderful friendly caring people
a "frontier" feeling about it
Favorite thing: Dawson City is home of the Klondike, the place where the best-known gold-rush took place. The town itself has kept the charm of the Gold Rush days, with wooden buildings and cabins, and unpaved dusty streets. There's a casino too, with can-can shows.
Fondest memory: Being able to walk around it... traffic-free. The town itself is very small: 8 streets cross it horizontally, so you don't really need any sort of transportation... in fact there isn't. You can only walk around and enjoy it!
Favorite thing: HERE YOU LL GET ALL INFOS YOU NEED , PERHAPS A GUIDED TOUR THROUG THE CITY , GOLDPANNING IN THE CLAIM NR: 6
Fondest memory: YOU LL FIND THE INFO CENTER AT THE FRONT STREET AT THE RIVER SIDE
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