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Dawson City

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The Yukon River and Dawson City

Dawson City is located in the Yukon of Canada.

Get in[edit]

Dawson City is accessible by the Top of the World Highway (if you are traveling east out of Alaska) or via the Klondike Highway (if you are traveling north). Dawson City also has a small airport for chartered flights. Air North also has service from Whitehorse to Dawson.

Get around[edit]

The core of Dawson is small enough that you can easily walk around it once you're there. A government ferry operates 24 hours a day that takes passengers and vehicles across the Yukon River, to West Dawson. The ferry is necessary to get to the government campground as well as a tenting hostel, though both are just across the river.

Certain nearby attractions, like Dredge No. 4 and mine tours, have shuttle services that will take you from Dawson to the mines as part of the tour.

See[edit][add listing]

Old-fashioned buildings
riverboat graveyard

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall is a touristy relic of the old Gold Rush days but it is still a blast, frequented by locals and visitors alike. $15 gets you in the door any day of the week, and in the summer at least there are three can-can shows a night in addition to gambling of all sorts, food, and of course local beers and drinks. Floor show with old standards sung beautifully.
  • Paddle Boat Graveyard. Old paddle boats that plied the Yukon are drydocked, after a fashion, down the Yukon River opposite the town. To reach this you must take the free ferry across the river and walk through the government camping area along the river. Where the camping area ends, get out onto the river's shore and walk maybe 1/8 of a mile further. These are dilapidated tetanus traps but it's fascinating to crawl around in and on them.
  • Cemeteries. The towns has a great variety of cemeteries, including Jewish, Masonic, RCMP, and others. They are a reminder of the town's colorful past. They are just a short drive up Crocus Bluff and halfway up the shoulder of the Midnight Dome mountain that looms over the town.
  • Tombstone Territorial Park.
  • Gold Bottom Mine Tours, Front St. beside the Trading Post, 867 993 5023, [1]. 9:15,1:30. An experiential tour of an operating placer gold mine in Dawson City Yukon. See Placer mining up close and personal, learn some Kilondike 98 mining history finally do some creek gold panning with real pay dirt taking home what you find. $40.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

The Trading Post on Front Street has amazing examples of Tr'ondek Hwech'in products. Beaded vests, fur mittens and the like. The shop also has all the things you might need to make a journey out onto the land more civilized.

Also on Front Street are a few jewelry shops that sell some highly unique pieces, most notable ones that contain true Klondike gold nuggets. Widely available Wooly Mammoth bone and ivory also feature in these shops, and is available for purchase as jewelry.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Try the Drunken Goat Taverna for great Greek food or Klondike Kates for fantastic soups, sandwiches and local ingredients. Higher end fair like Bison carpaccio and Fireweed Honey Duck Breast is available at the Aurora Inn.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Downtown The Downtown Hotel has a good bar, home of the "Sourtoe Cocktail Club." There is also internet access available at the bar.
  • Pit For some local colour try the beer parlour at the Westminster Hotel or "the pit" (the dodgy looking pink building on 3rd ave) where gold mining fortunes and welfare cheques alike are cheerfully exchanged for $2 sleeves of draught beer almost any time of any day. Good local live music in the lounge next door at the pit some nights too.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Dawson City River Hostel, [3] phone: 1-867-993-6823, Dieter Reinmuth, Box 32, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada YOB 1GO, email dawsoncityhostel(at) or yukonhostels(at), dorms from $18 (members), $22 (non-members), private rooms $46.

Tenting fees are: $14 one person one tent and $9 per person if more than one per tent. Seasonal monthly tenting available. Bike and canoe rentals and van tours by demand. Owner is author of the "Yukon Travel Adventure Guide" and "The Saga of the Sourtoe"

  • Bombay Peggy's, 2nd Avenue and Princess Street, +1 (867) 993-6969, [2]. Rooms with en-suite and shared bathrooms. From $85/89 low/high season.  edit

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