Dawson Travel Guide

  • Old beer wagon on Front Avenue
    Old beer wagon on Front Avenue
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  • Yet another remnant of the Klonkike Gold Rush
    Yet another remnant of the Klonkike Gold...
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    Dawson City's Grand Palace Theatre
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Dawson Things to Do

  • Walking around Dawson City

    Dawson City's downtown core comprises eight avenues and about a dozen streets set up in a grid pattern so it's very easy to walk around town and discover its historic buildings on your own. There are information pannels in front of most historic buildings, and you can also print the South Dawson Walking Tour (see link below) produced by the Yukon...

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  • Dawson City Museum

    The Dawson City Museum is not a bad place to go if you wish to find out more about the Klondike Gold Rush and the quick rise and fall of Dawson. It's not very big, but it gives you all the basic information you need to appreciate your stay in Dawson. There are special activities taking place throughout the day, and the guides will walk through the...

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  • Hiking in Tombstone Territorial Park

    The Dempster Highway goes straight through the Tombstone Territorial Park (the information centre is located about 1.5h from Dawson). In total, the park covers over 2000 square kilometers of land that has belonged to the Tr'ondëk Hwëch First Nation for several centuries. It received its distinctive name based on the fact that seen from the...

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Dawson Hotels

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Dawson Restaurants

  • Good place for a snack

    Sourdough Joe's is a fun place to stop by if you're looking for something to much on, preferably something a bit greasy :-) It's mostly known around town for its fish & chips, but they also do all kinds of fries (even a Yukon version of the famous Quebec poutine), nachos, and so on. The outside terrace is filled with picnic tables so it's...

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  • Not much in the way of atmosphere, but...

    The Jack London Grill can be found at the Downtown Hotel and it's one of Dawson City's biggest restaurants. As such, it doesn't have much to offer in the way of atmosphere, although eating out on the patio turned out to be a good option. Our waitress was really nice, and the menu had a good selection of dishes to choose from. The place is mostly...

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  • Great option for breakfast and light...

    We spotted this little coffeehouse (it's called a bistro, but it's more like a coffeehouse) on our second morning in Dawson and ended up going back a few times because A) their coffee was very tasty, and B) they had plenty of good, healthy options for breakfast and lunch. Their sandwiches are made on delicious locally-made bread, and they also sell...

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Dawson Nightlife

  • Home of the legendary sourtoe cocktail

    If you're walking around Dawson and people ask you where they can go get a drink with a toe in it, you can lead them to the Downtown Hotel saloon and watch them order a sourtoe cocktail. The story goes back to 1973, when a man froze his toe and had to have it amputated so the gangrene wouldn't spread. This was done as an in-house job: they got the...

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  • Dawson's most famous watering hole

    Although technically this is a nighttime tip, it could easily qualify as a daytime tip since the Westminster Hotel's Snake Pit, known all around town as The Pit, opens at 9:00 am everyday. It's dark and musky, and you can't find anything more authentic in the way of entertainment in Dawson City. The pit is where the locals go to catch up on the...

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  • Enjoy a naughty martini in an old...

    Bombay Peggy was the nickname of Margaret Vera Dorval, a notorious Madam and bootlegger who ran her illicit businesses in this boarding house in the 1940s. Some 15 years ago, the house was moved to its present location and entirely restored to be turned into an historic inn and pub. True to its past, Bombay Peggy's pub offers a wide variety of...

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Dawson Transportation

  • Whitehorse to Dawson City by HS748

    Travelling from Whitehorse on to Dawson City with its 5000 ft gravel runway, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5nXuMiVnOI?v=K5nXuMiVnOI,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oUcxoJSDEM&feature=relatedOld Crow and finally to Inuvik is a flight back into time on board Air North HS748 turboprop aircraft which were built in the late 60s and early 70s. Approach...

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  • Forget about sports car, SUVs rule in...

    There are lots of amazing drives to go on around Dawson City, such as the Dempster and Top of the World highways, but road conditions can be hazardous even under the best circumstances. If you're thinking about renting a car - something I highly recommend to make the most of your trip to Dawson - I'd suggest looking for an SUV. I'm used to driving...

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  • Dawson City ferry

    The Klondike Highway is connected to the Top of the World Highway in Dawson via a free ferry service. The George-Black ferry runs 24 hours/day, only stopping to fuel up once in a while and for servicing on Wednesday mornings, from 5:00 to 7:00 am. Most visitors don't really need to take the ferry since most attractions are located in Dawson proper,...

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Dawson Shopping

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    by Jefie Written Jun 24, 2013

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    There are several souvenir shops in Dawson, but if you only have limited time to go souvenir shopping, I'd recommend stopping by this one. Not only does it have a good selection of t-shirts, hats, mugs, postcards and so on, but it also has the best selection of books written about Dawson City and the Klondike Rush. Among others, all of Robert Service's, Jack London's and Pierre Berton's and Dick North's books are available. As I'm writing these lines, I'm reading and thoroughly enjoying Laura Beatrice Berton's "I married the Klondike" which I picked up at Maximillian's Emporium :o)

    Maximillian's Gold Rush Emporium in Dawson City

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Dawson Local Customs

  • 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...

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  • Toe Shot

    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...

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Dawson Warnings and Dangers

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    by RitchiS1 Updated Jun 23, 2005

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    BEWARE YOU TO TAKE ANY STONES FROM A CLAIMS WHICHIS PRIVATE PROPERTY , THE DIGGER MAY BELIEVE --THAT YOU WOULD STEALE THEIR GOLD --

    DWASON CLAIM 33
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Dawson Tourist Traps

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    by call_me_rhia Written Oct 24, 2002

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    several places in and around dawson city will let you try your hand at goldpanning for a not always so moderate fee. don't expect to pan from y river. they normally give you a tiny bucket of earth to pan in a sort of fountain: and you can bet that every bucket contains a little gold dust to make you happy.

    Unique Suggestions: at least don't expect to find a nugget

    Fun Alternatives: take a half a day tour of the gold fields: it's more authentic and informative: you won't get to pan, but you can see where the history and the legends of the gold rush were made

    gold panning: boring!

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Dawson What to Pack

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    by RitchiS1 Updated Jun 23, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Mosquito Repellent WILL BE NECESSARY DURING THE HOT PERIOD , JUNE JULY AND AUGUST

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: CLOTHES FOR WARM WEATHER IN JUNES IS NESSARY , IT MAY BE HOT ABOUT 30 DEGREES

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: CAMPINGFACILITIES IF YOU WANT

    DAWSON GOLD DREDGE
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Dawson Off The Beaten Path

  • Going up the Midnight Dome

    Those who visit Dawson City should take an hour to drive the seven kilometres to the top of the Dome, a rounded peak behind Dawson that offers panoramic view over the city and the Yukon and Klondike river valleys. I found this bird's eye view magnificent even though smoke from nearby wildfires partially obscured the view.On June 21, 1899, at the...

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  • Dredge # 4

    This massive machine, mired in Bonanza Creek near where gold was first discovered in 1896, is one of about two dozen such dredges which roamed the creeks of the Klondike until about 1960. It is the largest bucket line, wooden-hulled dredge in North America, and a significant example of corporate industrial mining in Canada. It has been designated a...

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  • dawson city firefighter museum

    The firefighter's museum is very interesting, as you get to know some interesting bits of history about Dawson City. They have an exhibit of vehicles used from the 1890's to the present day. It's across the road from the ferry fanding and it's opened Tuesday to Saturday:12:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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Dawson Sports & Outdoors

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    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Aug 28, 2004

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    One need not hike very far from Dawson City to leave all sights and sounds of civilization behind. I took a very pleasant afternoon hike from downtown Dawson City along the Klondyke Millennium Trail, which at this point coincides with the much longer Trans-Canada Trail.

    The Trans-Canada Trail, which was begun in 1992, is a non-profit endeavor with the bold vision of bonding Canadians from Coast to Coast to Coast (Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic). It will be the world's longest recreational pathway - about 16,000 km or 10,000 mi. Portions of the trail will be suitable for walking, biking, cross-country skiing or snowmobiling.

    Equipment: Hiking boots are great, but tennis shoes will do in summer. If you're going for much more than a short stroll, be prepared for wilderness conditions.

    Klondyke Millennium Trail
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Dawson Favorites

  • Land of the midnight sun!

    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...

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  • Dawson City's Information Centre

    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...

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  • INFOMATION CENTER

    HERE YOU LL GET ALL INFOS YOU NEED , PERHAPS A GUIDED TOUR THROUG THE CITY , GOLDPANNING IN THE CLAIM NR: 6 YOU LL FIND THE INFO CENTER AT THE FRONT STREET AT THE RIVER SIDE

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Explore Deeper into Dawson
Driving on the Dempster Highway
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Go for a ride on Top of the World!
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Discovery Claim at Bonanza Creek
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Learn about gold mining at Dredge No. 4
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Don't miss the Midnight Dome lookout
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Dawson City's cemeteries
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To gamble and party like a gold rusher!
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Flying to and from Dawson City
Transportation
Jack London Museum
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Robert Service's cabin
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Commissioner's Residence
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Palace Grand Theatre Tour
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Parks Canada's walking tours
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Good for breakfast, even better for dinner!
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Great food, great service, great atmosphere!
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An Authentic Hundred Year Old Gold Rush Setting
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northern food!!!
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Slot Machines and Can-Can Girls
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Jack London Interpretive Centre
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Driving to Dawson
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BIRDSVIEW
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GAMBEL
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Yukon and Klondike Rivers
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Robert Service Cabin
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Dawson Historic Complex National Historic Site
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Dawson City Visitor Reception Centre
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Old Post Office
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Palace Grand Theatre
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Best Deal on Breakfast
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S. S. Keno National Historic Site of Canada
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Chatting and Chewing With the Locals
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Yukon River Ferry
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Danoja Zho Cultural Centre
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Dawson City Museum
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Robert Service's cabin
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Jack London's cabin
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historical buildings
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Can can shows and gambling
Nightlife
a "frontier" feeling about it
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Map of Dawson

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