Join us as we cheer on world-class mushers as they honour a local legend – Percy “The Ironman” DeWolfe.
The Percy DeWolfe Memorial Mail Race is a 210 mile (338 km) international dog sled race, running from Dawson City, Yukon to Eagle, Alaska and back! The race follows the Yukon River along the same historic mail once travelled by DeWolfe.
The history of this event dates back to 1898, when a young man from Nova Scotia arrived in Dawson City. After over a decade of trying to “make it” as a Northern fisherman, DeWolfe got the contract to carry the mail to Eagle. He carried the mail regardless of the weather (sometimes battling -50 temperatures and treacherous weather), often putting the mail’s arrival before his own safety.
Now, each year in March (since 1977), we run this race to commemorate his dedication and commitment!
In 1896, prospectors found gold in a creek near Dawson City. When the news got out, over 100,000 prospectors rushed to Dawson City, followed soon by Mounties, entrepreneurs and dancehall girls.
Today, the town is still abuzz - a lively place bursting with heritage sites and attractions. Come stroll the boardwalks with characters straight out of history. Tour historic buildings teeming with stories. Take in a show and whoop it up like a stampeder. Search for gold under the midnight sun. You may be surprised what you discover.