Colourful frontier buildings line old-time boardwalks in Dawson City. Saloons, can-can girls and a vintage sternwheeler intertwine the present with 1898 Klondike Gold Rush days when some 30,000 gold-seekers stampeded north. Visit the goldfields, a barren landscape of dreams, followed by a game of croquet at the elegant Commissioner’s residence. Explore a famed poet’s historic log cabin or a European-style theatre and experience a magical northern outpost under the Midnight Sun.

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Special events

Dawson City knows how to host a party! The gold rush of ’98 might be long past, but the spirit and enthusiasm for a good party endures. Every year this happening town hosts a long list of unique and unforgettable events.

Robert Service, bard of the Yukon

Step into the poet’s rustic, two-room log cabin with his desk and a wood stove, a period-costumed interpreter sharing Service’s colourful rhymes on a bench outside.

The Commissioner's Residence

Built in 1901 by Thomas Fuller, the Commissioner's Residence represents the strong government presence that followed the Gold Rush, and showed the world that Dawson City was here to stay.

Sites nearby

  • S.S. Klondike National Historic Site

    Steam-powered sternwheelers were the Yukon’s link to the outside world for almost a century. The S.S. Klondike National Historic Site in Whitehorse honours these vessels, so vital to the settlement of the North.

  • Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site

    Hike a legendary trail through the northern Coast Mountains, from Alaska’s Taiya Inlet to the headwaters of the Yukon River in northern British Columbia. 

  • Kluane National Park

    With vast icefields and 17 of Canada’s 20 highest peaks, Kluane offers outstanding alpine scenery, rich First Nations culture and history, and a mix of extreme adventure and accessible outdoor recreation.  

  • Vuntut National Park

    Explore untouched northern landscapes and learn the story of the Vuntut Gwitchin people and their relationship to the land and animals of the northern Yukon. 

Hours of operation

Site is open all year-round
Visitor services are available from May to September

Complete schedule

Fees

Free admission in 2017.
Other fees still apply.

Detailed fees list.

Contact us

Telephone: 867-993-7200
E-mail: dawson.info@pc.gc.ca