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An Explorer's Guide to Dawson City, Yukon

Robert Service's original cabin still stands in the forest above Dawson City Location: on the North Klondike Highway, 328 miles (525 km) north of Whitehorse

Population (September 30, 2019): 2,354

Founded in 1896 as the Gateway to the Klondike Gold Fields

The photo the the right shows one of the many historic buildings in Dawson, the home of poet Robert Service.

RV Parks & Campgrounds
Hotels, Motels & Hostels
Bed & Breakfasts
Tours & Activities
Photo Albums
Food & Dining
Other Businesses & Services
More information about Dawson City


Biographies of Yukon Pioneers
A large percentage of these biographies have Dawson connections.

History of Dawson City
An excellent, lengthy history of Dawson's short but exciting life, by Ken Spotswood. One of the Community History Project series.

Klondike Gold Rush
A comprehensive guide to all the best resources for exploring the history of the last great gold rush.

The All-Yukon Menu, 1919
The Arcade Cafe in Dawson City was 'Headquarters of the All-Yukon Dinner, the meal that keeps the money at home, and proves that Yukon is in the great food producing belt of the continent.'

A Dawson Christmas, 1940
This beautiful card was mailed from Dawson City in December 1940, by Royal Canadian Mounted Police constable A. K. Bond.

The Cassiar Asbestos 'Skyline'
To solve the problem of serving the Clinton Creek mine during break-up and freeze-up, a 1,460-foot-long skyline was built in 1967, carrying freight and asbestos across the Yukon River on a cable.

The Yukon River ferry George Black
The steel ferry George Black has been transporting people and vehicles across the Yukon River at Dawson since 1967.

The Wreck of CPR's Coastal Steamer SS Princess Sophia
A memorial on the bank of the Yukon river memorializes the October 25, 1918, sinking near Juneau that killed 343 people, over 100 of them from Dawson.

RCMP Cemetery
One of many cemeteries in Dawson, and one of 3 RCMP cemeteries in Canada, with 19 graves.

The new Government House
A lengthy article describes what is now called the Commissioner's Residence, as it was almost complete in the Fall of 1901.

RV Parks & Campgrounds

Dawson City RV Park & Campground
Located 1 mile from downtown Dawson, with full services.

Goldrush Campground
This campground with 83 sites is located in downtown Dawson.

Yukon River Campground
This government campground with 102 sites (20 pull throughs) is across the Yukon River from downtown Dawson, accessed by a free ferry.

Hotels, Motels & Hostels

Bonanza Gold Motel & RV Park
Located at the south entrance to Dawson, with restaurant, laundry facilities, e-mail station and much more.

The Dawson City Bunkhouse
Affordable accommodation in the centre of Dawson City, overlooking the Yukon River.

The Dawson City River Hostel
The northernmost hostel in Canada has individual and group tent sites as well as private cabins.

Downtown Hotel
Located in downtown Dawson City, with a lounge and restaurant.

Eldorado Hotel
Located in downtown Dawson City.

Klondike Kate's Cabins & Restaurant
Located downtown, with 15 new, well-equipped log cabins and a restaurant.

Triple J Hotel
Located downtown across from Diamond Tooth Gerties's Casino, with a lounge and restaurant.

Westmark Hotels
This full-service hotel is located downtown.

Whitehouse Cabins
Rustic units in historic buildings located at the north end of Front Street, past the ferry dock.

Bed & Breakfasts

Aurora Inn
Located downtown - a "bright & warm atmosphere in a contemporary setting".

Bombay Peggy's
This newly-renovated pioneer brothel is located in the heart of Dawson City.

Dawson City Bed & Breakfast
Located in a beautiful quiet setting over-looking the Klondike & Yukon Rivers.

5th Avenue Bed & Breakfast
Clean and comfortable, located downtown, across from Victory Gardens and museum.

Tours & Activities

Diamond Tooth Gertie's
Dawson's famous casino and can-can show is a must-see.

Goldbottom Mine Tours
Tour an operating gold mine or pan for gold on historic Gold Bottom or Hunker Creek. Cabins also available for rent.

Trek Over the Top
This annual snowmobile tour through the wilderness, the Alaska Trailblazers "Tok to Dawson International Poker Run", attracts hundreds of winter enthusiasts.

Photo Albums

Images of Dawson City
This large gallery by Murray Lundberg takes you to historic buildings, street scenes, current placer mining activities and much more.

My Dawson City
Local historian/photographer Jay Armitage has posted lots of excellent photos, and information on the area.

Food & Dining

Klondike River Distillery
Hand-crafted vodka created in an off-the-grid cabin, Yukon style!

Other Businesses & Services

Humane Society of Dawson
Dogs are available for adoption, and boarding services are offered.

Seewolf Enterprises
Based in Dawson City, specializing in environmental protection and cleanup products ands services such as oil spill cleanups on land or water.

More information about Dawson City

Experience the Klondike in Dawson City
Whatever your reason for wanting to see the North, Dawson City should be on your 'must-see' list.

Klondike Visitors Association
A thorough guide to local attractions and services, and some historical notes.

Robert W. Service
Links to all the best resources and on-line texts from "The Bard of the Yukon."

Weather in Dawson
From Environment Canada, current conditions and the 5-day forecast.

Clicking on the aerial view of Dawson City below will open an interactive map at Google Maps, in a new window.
Dawson City, Yukon