Few places in Canada evoke such a strong sense of history as Dawson City, now registered as a National Historic Site.
For a few short years from 1896 Dawson City had the richest gold mine of all time, and was at the heart of the Klondike gold rush. Nearly 100,000 people struggled across almost impenetrable mountains and huge tracts of wilderness to seek their fortunes.
Step back in time
Today the town’s wooden boardwalks, historic saloons, false-fronted wooden houses and rutted dirt streets retain that frontier atmosphere. The ghosts of legendary characters such as Skookum Jim, Tagish Charley and Soapy Smith echo throughout the poetry of Robert Service and Jack London and can still be felt in this perfectly-preserved time-warp gem.
Things to see and do
There are many places to visit here, including the Palace Grand Theatre, Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling House, the Robert Service and Jack London cabins and the Dawson City Museum. Nearby are the famous goldfields of Bonanza Creek and the Klondike River where it is possible to tour Dredge No. 4 or try panning for gold yourself.
Suggested itinerary featuring Dawson City
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Dawson City, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Accommodation choices for Dawson City
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Dawson City. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
The Aurora is a small inn offering some of the newest accommodation in Dawson City. Its rooms are all decorated with comfortable, European-style furniture and feature private bathrooms.