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.

Find out more about the Commissioner of the Yukon.


Red serge, red tape - Interpretive program

Every house has a story to tell, and the Commissioner’s Residence is no exception. Come join us for a glimpse of the past as our interpreters bring to life stories of the Klondike, from First Nation hunting and fishing ground, to mining camp boom town, to a stable and permanent community.

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 Program schedule


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!

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 Escape Room