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The Yukon River and Dawson City

Dawson City is located in the Yukon of Canada.

Get inEdit

View from Top of the World Highway in Yukon

By carEdit

Dawson City is accessible by the Top of the World Highway (if you are traveling east out of Alaska) or via the Klondike Highway (if you are traveling north).

By planeEdit

Dawson City also has a small airport for chartered flights. Air North also has service from Whitehorse to Dawson City.

  • 1 Dawson City Airport (YDA IATA).    

By busEdit

Husky Bus offers seasonal bus service from Whitehorse, May–September.

Get aroundEdit

Map of Dawson City


  • Historic Klondike Gold Rush Town.
Old-fashioned buildings


  • 1 Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall. a touristy relic of the old Gold Rush days but it is still a blast, frequented by locals and visitors alike. $10 gets you in the door any day of the week, and in the summer at least there are three can-can shows a night in addition to gambling of all sorts, food, and of course local beers and drinks.    
  • Paddle Boat Graveyard. Old paddle boats that plied the Yukon are drydocked, after a fashion, down the Yukon River opposite the town. To reach this you must take the free ferry across the river and walk through the government camping area along the river. Where the camping area ends, get out onto the river's shore and walk maybe 1/8 of a mile further. These are dilapidated tetanus traps but it's fascinating to crawl around in and on them.
  • Cemeteries. The towns has a great variety of cemeteries, including Jewish, Masonic, RCMP, and others. They are a reminder of the town's colorful past. They are just a short drive up Crocus Bluff and halfway up the shoulder of the Midnight Dome mountain that looms over the town.
  • Tombstone Territorial Park.
  • Gold Bottom Mine Tours, Front St. beside the Trading Post, +1 867 993-5023. 9:15,1:30. An experiential tour of an operating placer gold mine in Dawson City Yukon. See placer mining up close and personal, learn some Klondike 98 mining history and do some creek gold panning, with the opportunity to take home anything you find. $40.


  • The Trading Post, Front Street. has amazing examples of Tr'ondek Hwech'in products. Beaded vests, fur mittens and the like. The shop also has all the things you might need to make a journey out onto the land more civilized.


  • 1 Drunken Goat Taverna, 950 Second Ave, +1 867-993-5868. Great Greek food
  • Klondike Kates. fantastic soups, sandwiches and local ingredients
  • Aurora Inn. bison carpaccio and fireweed honey duck breast


  • Downtown (The Downtown Hotel). has a good bar, home of the "Sourtoe Cocktail Club." There is also internet access available at the bar.    
  • The Pit (Westminster Hotel). For some local colour try the beer parlour at the Westminster Hotel or "the pit" (the dodgy looking pink building on 3rd ave) where gold mining fortunes and welfare cheques alike are cheerfully exchanged for $2 sleeves of draught beer almost any time of any day. Good local live music in the lounge next door at the pit some nights too.


  • 1 Dawson City River Hostel, Dieter Reinmuth, +1 867-993-6823, . Seasonal monthly tenting available. Bike and canoe rentals and van tours by demand. Owner is author of the "Yukon Travel Adventure Guide" and "The Saga of the Sourtoe" Dorms from $18 (members), $22 (non-members), private rooms $46. Tenting fees are: $14 one person one tent and $9 per person if more than one per tent..
  • Bombay Peggy's, 2nd Avenue and Princess Street, +1 867 993-6969. Rooms with en-suite and shared bathrooms. From $85/89 low/high season.
  • 2 The Dawson City Bunkhouse, 2nd Avenue and Princess Street, +1 867-993-6164, . Check-in: 3 p.m., check-out: 11 a.m.. Rooms with en suite or shared bathrooms. From $89.

Go nextEdit

Routes through Dawson City
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