Located at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon Rivers, Dawson City was created by the discovery of gold on Bonanza Creek in 1896, and the resulting gold rush of 1898-99 which brought between 30,000 and 40,000 people to this remote spot. It was Yukon’s first capital.
Today, Dawson City’s dirt streets, boardwalks and historical buildings recall those heady gold rush days for visitors. A walking tour of town takes you past the Robert Service Cabin, where he wrote his famous poems, including “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” and “The Cremation of Sam McGee.” Stories and poetry recitals by a local actor are offered daily in summer.
Live entertainment is also offered at another major attraction in Dawson City, Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall. Canada’s only Northern casino, Diamond Tooth Gertie’s offers roulette wheels, blackjack tables and other games of chance along with cancan girls and refreshments.
Just outside town, Bonanza Creek Road leads to Discovery Claim and the historic Dredge No. 4, largest wooden hull dredge in North America. Adjacent is the Claim 33 Gold Panning (email), providing gold panning opportunities for adventurers.
Other highlights of a visit to Dawson City include the Dawson City Museum, Yukon River tours, the Yukon Heritage Attractions and the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre with gallery tours, performances and exhibitions.
For more information visit the Klondike Visitors Association web site.