Visiting Dawson City is like taking a step back in time. Dawson City was the focus of the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896-1898 when more than 30,000 people transformed an Indian fishing camp into the largest city in Canada west of Winnipeg and north of Seattle. A hundred years later, this town is still cashing in on its claim to fame.
Just about all the attractions in the town are related in some way to the Gold Rush or to those old days of gun totters and saloons. Make sure to stop in at Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall – Canada’s oldest Casino – to play some black jack or watch Gertie and her can-can dancers perform. The Jack London Cabin & Interpretive Centre and Dawson City Museum are also noteworthy attractions. To learn the story of the gold rush first hand, go south of town to Bonanza Creek Discovery Claim. You can go panning for gold or take a mining tour.
Tombstone Territorial Park, 110kms north of Dawson City on the Dempster Highway is the perfect place for nature lovers to explore. People who have a love for hiking and photography are sure to be in their element here and will really appreciate the stunning panoramic views and striking natural features that are just waiting to be discovered.
Dawson City lies on the Klondike Highway 2, which leads South to Whitehorse. From here you can get on the Alaska Highway which leads to British Columbia and Alaska. However, it’s a very long journey by road. Heading west from Dawson City on the Top of the World Highway 9, you can also reach Alaska, but the windy and narrow road is not always open. The Dempster Highway takes you north past Tombstone Territorial Park, all the way to Inuvik, North West Territories.