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 Dawson City - Heart of the Klondike
Dawson City is an eclectic and vibrant northern community on the banks of the Yukon River. We boast
a mixture of First Nations Heritage and Gold Rush History blended with an active Gold Mining and Tourism Industry as well as a thriving Arts scene. In brief, we’ve got everything you’re looking for in a northern town!
Dawson’s past is marked by Beringia, an Ice Age period which formed our unique landscape and the treasures they contain, the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, who have called this area home for centuries, as well as the Klondike Gold Rush, that put this town on the tongue of stampeders worldwide.
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Discoveries of gold in the Klondike have inspired goldsmiths and jewellers for decades. Mammoth ivory, preserved for millennia beneath the earth, has also been found in the Dawson region. You can see examples of how artists have created beautiful jewellery with these materials at one of Dawson’s jewellers and art galleries.
Cultural Highlights
Dawson City is in the heart of
the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in traditional territory. The citizenship of roughly 1,100 includes descendants of the Hän-speaking people, who have lived along the Yukon River for millennia, and a diverse mix of families descended from Gwich’in, Northern Tutchone and other language groups.
Be sure to visit the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre which offers visitors the opportunity to discover the history and culture of the first people of the Klondike.
Klondike National Historic Sites
As well as being a living community, Dawson City is a National Historic Site, protected for the benefit, education, and enjoyment of this and future generations by Parks Canada Agency.
Among the 17 historically significant buildings in Dawson City preserved by Parks Canada are the iconic Palace Grand theatre, the stately Commissioner’s Residence, and the
former cabin of the “Bard of the Yukon”, Robert Service. Examples
of boom-town style construction, false-fronts, modest cabins and Victorian-era opulence contribute to the picturesque Dawson streetscape and help tell the story of the Klondike Gold Rush and the history of the region.
Parks Canada also maintains the historic Dredge No.4 as a symbol of industrial mining, and The S.S. Keno, a historic sternwheeler that once traversed the Yukon waterways.
Today, visitors can experience these and other important examples of Yukon history by exploring town with one of Parks Canada’s interpretive guides.
Learn from a costumed interpreter how the glimmer of gold in Bonanza Creek inspired thousands of fortune- seekers to make the rigorous trek to Dawson City and why the Klondike gold rush was an experience that altered the collective imagination
of many.
 After crossing the river on the ferry, follow the Top of the World Hwy for 3.7 km. Turn left on the Sunnydale Road. Follow the road for 1.3 km until it widens on the right for parking. The trail entrance is on the left.
This unique area is home to thousands of Spotted Lady’s-slipper orchids which bloom in early June. An interpretive trail leads you around the patches of orchids describing wildlife of the region. Two viewing platforms look out over the Yukon and Klondike rivers, with panels about the history of the area. Take only pictures and leave the flowers for all to enjoy.
 Photo: Melissa Naef
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