The Adventurous Life of Robert Service - Interpretive program

British born Robert William Service, often referred to as the "the Bard of the Yukon", was one of the most commercially successful poets of the Twentith Century. Arriving in the Yukon as a bank clerk in 1905, he turned the vivid tales told to him by veterans of the great gold rush into such classic poems as “The Shooting of Dan McGrew" and "The Cremation of Sam McGee." Service arrived in Dawson City in 1908, and continued to write about his northern adventures until his departure from Dawson, and the Yukon, in 1912.

Location: Robert Service Cabin
Time: 1 pm to 2 pm daily

Cabin viewing

Robert Service cabin interior detail

Robert W. Service, the "Bard of the Yukon" lived in a 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 costumed 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.

Location: Robert Service Cabin
Time: 2 pm to 2:45 pm daily

Program schedule

Authors on Eighth

Every August, during Discovery Days, the Authors on Eighth Literary Walking Tour opens the doors to the homes of Robert Service, Pierre Berton and Jack London - Dawson City’s famous authors – who lived within a block of Robert Service.