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Klondike National Historic Sites of Canada

Special Events 2014

The Commisioners Tea
© CTC / F. Mueller

Dawson City knows how to host a party! The gold rush of ’96 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. Those listed on this page are the Klondike National Historic Site’s tiny slice of the party-cake! For a complete list of exciting local events throughout the year, please visit the Klondike Visitors Association website.

Doors Open Dawson | Encounters with the SublimeCommissioner's Tea | Print Symposium

Doors Open Dawson

Doors Open Dawson
© CTC / F. Mueller

Saturday, May 17th, 11am-4pm

Celebrate the launch of the season by exploring behind the scenes in Dawson’s historic buildings! Here’s your chance to get into buildings that aren’t always open to the public, some aren’t even normally included in the guided tours. Grab your map from the Parks Canada booth at the Gold Show and start exploring! Staff will be available at each building to share some of the history and stories (and to listen to your stories!) about our town’s treasures. 

Encounters with the Sublime

Encounters with the sublime poster

May 31 to September 14,  4:30- 5:30 p.m. daily or included with entry to other Palace Grand Theatre events
Location: Arizona Charlie Rooms (adjacent to the Dress Circle) Palace Grand Theatre, Dawson City

 Free public viewing.

“Encounters with the Sublime” is coming to Dawson City. This exhibition of stunning black and white photographs of Kluane National Park and Reserve’s high mountain country will be opening at the Palace Grand Theatre this May, following a successful opening run in Haines Junction in November 2013, and a well-attended March 2014 run in Whitehorse.

The exhibition compares and contrasts works by two internationally known photographers of different eras: Sebastião Salgado, a renowned contemporary photojournalist from Brazil, and the late Bradford Washburn, a pioneering American mountaineer and geographer.

Parks Canada, the Yukon Arts Centre, and the Village of Haines Junction partnered to produce the exhibition with funding from the Yukon Arts Fund.

Parks Canada logo                Yukon Arts Centre logo                 Village of Haines Junction logo              Arts fund logo

Commissioner's Tea

Commisioners Tea
© Parks Canada

Saturday, June 7th, 2 - 4pm
Location: Commissioner’s Residence – Front street south of Church St.

Admission by donation, proceeds support the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire.

A tradition for over 20 years, this elegant tea on the grounds of the stately Commissioner's Residence is hosted annually by Parks Canada and the Dawson Chapter of the IODE. Sip tea served by elegantly costumed ladies and gentlemen and experience a slice of a bygone era. 

Print Symposium

Silk screened T-shirt

August 15th to 18th (Discovery Day Weekend)
Dawson Daily News building – 3rd Ave.

This weekend-long open studio project represents a collaboration between established writers and visual artists with emerging artists to self-publish text-based artworks. This marriage of Dawson's history, taking place inside the Dawson Daily News building, showcases Dawson’s unique literary history, print culture and contemporary art and literature – all of which are a big part of life in Dawson today.

For details visit the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture website.