Dawson Discovery Days
The third weekend of August every year Dawson City celebrates "Discovery Days," in commemoration of the discovery of Klondike gold in 1896. A highlight of the weekend is the Saturday Discovery Days Parade (pictured) sponsored by the Yukon Order of Pioneers. Other special events held throughout the weekend include numerous exhibits, raft, canoe and bathtub races and dances. I was lucky to get a the last available room at the Bunkhouse for this weekend and most Dawson City Hotels had out their "No Vacancy" signs, so advance reservations are recommended.
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There's a saloon in dawson which has a nasty tradition. the owner has about 5 toes, cut off due to frostbite, which travellers can ask to be put into their drink (seriously), and when they drink the toe has to touch their lips in order for them to be considered a member of this group.
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Jack London and Robert Service
Dawson City was home to two important literary figures who chose it as their home during the Gold Rush Days. Many of their writings have this town, the Yukon, or more generally the north as their main theme.
Jack London is the author of "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" while Robert Service wrote several interesting poems and ballads, like for instance "The Cremation of Sam McGee" and "The Spirit of the Yukon".
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