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  • Attractions

    Dawson City Museum

    This is the largest historical collection in the Yukon, housed in a beautiful neo-classical building designated as a Canadian National Historic Site. This museum preserves the history of Dawson City, from its beginnings at the start of the Klondike Goldrush, to the present day. It has a research library and hourly performances and presentations illustrating the city's important past.

    Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall

    Canada's oldest legal casino, this well-preserved gambling hall was built in 1910 and features live can-can girls in its casino. The building is named after a famous dance-hall queen, Gertie Lovejoy, who received her nickname after having a diamond inserted between her two front teeth. Revenues from the casino benefit the town's ongoing preservation and tourism activities.

    Robert Service Cabin

    This two room loghouse cabin, the former home of poet Robert W. Service, has been faithfully preserved as a tourist attraction for many years. Robert W. Service lived here between 1902 and 1912 whilst writing his novel, The Trail of Ninety-Eight and his many volumes of poetry.

  • Activities

    Panning for Gold

    There's still plenty of gold to be found in the Klondike area, and the best place to try panning for gold would be at Claim #6. This gold claim is located on historic Bonanza Creek, the site that sparked the Klondike Gold Rush. The Klondike Visitor's Association now maintains this site and visitors can pan for gold for free, keeping whatever gold they can find. It is open from mid-May to mid-September. (Located 12 miles from downtown Dawson City)

    Fishing in the Klondike

    Recreational fishing opportunities are available along the North Klondike Highway with numerous creeks and lakes that are home to various species of Trout, Pike, and Grayling. Chinook Salmon make their runs here in the late summer. Fishing licenses are available at most highway lodges, gas stations and community stores.

  • Wildlife

    Along the North Klondike Highway you can spot the many species of wildlife native to the Upper Klondike area. In April and May, the area around Shallow Bay and Lake Laberge is ideal for spotting Trumpeter Swans and other migrating birds and owls. Around Fox Lake, muskrats make their home and are often seen by canoers. In the winter and spring, the elk and grizzlies that live in this area can be easily seen by passing cars.

  • More Information

    Dawson City

    Visitor's guide brought to you by the Klondike Visitor's Association

    Klondike Gold Rush

    A list of links to the history of the Klondike Gold Rush

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