Walk straight into 1898 in Dawson City, a living town amid historic gold rush buildings. Hear tales of exhilarating adventures from lively interpreters in period clothes. Imagine 19th century entertainment in an ornate theatre, experience a famed wilderness poet’s life in a log cabin, step on board a vintage sternwheeler. Laze on a stately veranda surrounded by pristine gardens, then venture into the Klondike goldfields that stoked a feverish stampede of fortune-hunters.

Where the Past is Present (Video)


  • ​Dawson City: "Paris of the North"

    Prowl through historic buildings, exploring past and present Dawson City on a lively guided town tour or a self-guided walking tour, then visit the elegant Commissioner’s Residence and pristine gardens.

  • ​Klondike goldfields: where it all began

    Stand at the exact spot where the Klondike’s gold was first glimpsed in 1896, then glance upon a monster machine that chewed through creek beds and brought gold to light in a newer era of mining.

  • Interpretive program schedule

    Visit our staff at the Dawson Visitor Information Centre (corner of Front and King) to learn more about our programs and to book programs.

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