A huge influx of stampeders raced to the Klondike after gold was discovered in 1896, leading the Government of Canada to create the Yukon Territory in 1898 and send a commissioner to Dawson City to take charge. 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.

Six commissioners lived in the residence from 1901 to 1916. The best known was George Black, who with his wife Martha, lived in the residence from 1912 to 1916. The Blacks were favorites among locals because they were considered real “Sourdoughs”, having trekked over the Chillkoot Trail and survived many harsh Yukon winters.

Located on Front Street beside St Paul’s Anglican Church.

Visite guide

Experience the elegant former  government  house and grounds with a costumed interpreter.

Time: 9:15 to 10 am, daily


Dawson City ESCAPE!

Challenge yourself and your friends! Get locked in a room at the Commissioner’s Residence for 1 hour and solve the puzzles to get out! Can you solve the murder?

What makes this Escape room different from all others? Everything in the room is TRUE!

Pre-book: Visitor Centre on Front Street

Location: Commissioner's Residence
Time: Upon request

Escape Room