The home of the Klondike

Ever since the gritty, glamorous gold rush days, Dawson City has been a good-time town. While there’s far less gold dust in the floors now, the entertainment goes on with fun festivals, cultural events and unique contests—like gold panning competitions and outhouse races. Yes, you read that correctly.

The city is always buzzing with activity. Tour guides in gold rush era garb lead visitors on walking tours through downtown Dawson City. Passengers board elegant paddle wheelers to experience the mighty Yukon River in style. There are even daily shows at Canada’s oldest gambling hall, featuring boisterous dance hall girls.

The area’s captivating past comes to life at the Dawson City Museum. And for a taste of Yukon culture, the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre is definitely worth a visit. 

Join a tour to the Klondike Gold Fields and marvel at the size of Dredge #4, which in its heyday was the largest wooden-hulled dredge in North America. A drive up to the Midnight Dome treats you to a top-of-the-world view. Then back in town, join the list of visitors who have tried the infamous Sourtoe Cocktail—not for the faint of heart, but the bragging rights are worth it. However you choose to experience Dawson City, the midnight sun ensures there’s plenty of daylight to fit it all in.

  • During the gold rush, Dawson City was the largest city north of Seattle and West of Winnipeg.
  • The Dawson Historical Complex that makes up much of downtown Dawson City is a designated National Historic Site.
  • Dawson City was the Yukon’s capital from 1898 until 1953.