A week of special events celebrating Dawson City including contests, movies, a parade and much more!
In August of 1896, George Carmack, Dawson Charlie and Skookum Jim discovered gold in what is now called Bonanza Creek. Soon after came one of the world's greatest gold rush stampeded; nearly 100,000 people attempting to strike it rich in the Klondike gold fields.
Today, the Yukon celebrates our grand history with a week-long event in Dawson City, known as Discovery Days. From family-friendly events such as crafts, face painting and a sampling of the Diamond Tooth Gerties' Can Can dancers show, to writing competitions, walking tours, an arts festival and a golf tournament, there's barely enough hours in the day to do and see everything!
In 1896, prospectors found gold in a creek near Dawson City, triggering a stampede to the Klondike. Bolstered by dreams and heartened by stories of riches, thousands of miners struggled across Chilkoot Pass and floated the Yukon River to Dawson City. Soon a rollicking frontier town, Dawson filled up with desperate prospectors, shrewd entrepreneurs, Mounties and dancehall girls. Today, Dawson City is a lively place bursting with heritage sites and attractions. You’ll feel the grit, heartache and golden dreams of the Klondike Gold Rush when you reach this authentic frontier town.