Dawson City is a friendly place year-round, but you may find an even warmer welcome in the winter. A 75-minute flight from Whitehorse has you there in time for a full day of exploring. When you make your hotel reservation, request a shuttle from the airport. Once you’re downtown, you’ll find everything is within walking distance. Nightfall is early, setting the stage for exceptional aurora viewing.
Once you’ve already experienced the Whitehorse area, consider heading even farther north. Dawson City is a different experience after the summer travellers and seasonal workers have left. In the winter, the town takes on a cozy feel, and locals make the most of the daylight hours with pastimes like snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling. Since Dawson City is farther north than Whitehorse, the days are shorter and more darkness means more opportunity to view the northern lights.
Take a walk on the boardwalk to view the historic buildings left from the Klondike Gold Rush era. Different from the bustling scene in the summer, it’s still easy to see that the quiet, snow-covered scene is straight out of history. If you have the chance to be in Dawson City for one of their winter events, jump at it and join in!
There are many accommodations options for your time in Whitehorse. For suggestions on where to stay during your winter days in Dawson City, please call the Klondike Visitors Association.
Tour operators provide you with transportation, equipment and lots of expert local knowledge.