Klondike National Historic Sites of Canada

Guided Programs

Guided Town Walking Tour: Dawson Then and NowGuided Hike with the Poetry of Robert Service | Greatest Klondiker Contest: Interactive Theatre Presentation | The Life and Poetry of Robert Service | Guided Town Walking Tour: Strange Things Done | Palace Grand Theatre Tour


Guided Town Walking Tour: Dawson Then and Now


© CTC / F. Mueller

Location: Visitor’s Centre
Time: 9:30 am daily

Ever wonder what life is like in Dawson in the middle of winter? Or what to do for fun on a rainy weekend in a town with no movie theatre? Do you think the answer has changed since the gold rush era? You might be surprised! Explore this unique town with your Parks Canada guides, and get a sense of what life is and was like here. See the spots where life really happens in Dawson City, both in gold rush times, and in present day.



Guided Hike with the Poetry of Robert Service


© CTC / F. Mueller

Location: Starts at the Robert Service Cabin, ends at Crocus Bluff
Time: 11:00 am daily

Robert Service loved to ramble these very hillsides as he composed his famous rhymes. On this program, you will begin at Service’s beloved little cabin, and journey with your guide up the hill behind the cabin, to the spectacular outlook at Crocus Bluff. You’ll learn about Service’s quirky personality and hear some of his unforgettable poems as you go. Please note: this program requires a moderate level of fitness, as the hill is steep. Footwear and clothing suitable for the conditions are required.


Greatest Klondiker Contest: Interactive Theatre Presentation


© CTC / F. Mueller

Location: Palace Grand Theatre, King Street
Time: 3:30 pm Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Thousands of men and women with great talent and greater dreams made their way to the Klondike in the stampede of 1897. Some stayed and made a name for themselves, others disappeared into obscurity, their dreams never realized. In this program, you will meet three of the remarkable Klondikers who “made it” during the Gold Rush. They will regale you with their adventures and let you know why they, and they alone are the greatest of the dreamers and schemers who made such great contributions to this particular place and time. When it’s all said and done, it’s up to you to decide who will be crowned the Greatest Klondiker!


The Life and Poetry of Robert Service


© CTC / F. Mueller

Location: Robert Service Cabin
Time: 1:00 pm daily

Robert W. Service, the bard of the Yukon, immortalized the gold rush and brought Canadian literature to a worldwide audience. Service lived in this cozy two-room cabin nestled amidst the willows and alders. It is a must-see—a spot to contemplate an intriguing life through the man’s own poetry and unexpected life story. Meet a talented guide who will enthral you with Service’s lilting verse and fascinating tidbits about the humble yet extraordinary man’s life. Ask questions, and step into Service’s cabin.


Guided Town Walking Tour: Strange Things Done


© CTC / F. Mueller

Location: Visitor’s Centre
Time: 7:00 pm daily

It’s all about the gold... but gold can do strange things to those who seek it. As Robert Service eloquently wrote it, “The Northern Lights have seen queer sights” and let’s be clear, Service was talking about Dawson City! With a transition from a patch of moose pasture to a topsy-turvy boomtown in the blink of an eye, anything and everything could, AND DID happen! Find out how much stranger than fiction the truth really is while wandering through the historical core of this amazing town.


Palace Grand Theatre Tour


© CTC / F. Mueller

Location: Palace Grand Theatre, King Street
Time: 2:30 pm daily

Arizona Charlie Meadows built this beautiful theatre in 1899. Throughout its history it has provided entertainments ranging from vaudeville to silent films. Tours relate the dramas and dreams of the leading ladies, percentage girls and miners desperate for a place to spend their gold dust. Explore backstage haunts and the 2nd & 3rd floor nooks both public and private with your knowledgeable costumed guide.