Dawson City

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13 travelers at this place:

  • Day9

    We arrive in Dawson City late in the afternoon to a complimentary wine and nibbles. We then head off to Diamond Gerties's Saloon for dinner and the show. A wonderful mix of piano, dance, and singing - we have a great time.

  • Day10

    Claim 33 Gold Panning

    August 22, 2017 in Canada

    Following in the steps of the miners, we try our hand at gold panning. We get some small flakes and we get to take them home. This place is an interesting collection of old buildings and wares but it is still actively mined.

  • Day10

    Yukon river campground

    June 10, 2017 in Canada

    SOC 89.2 percent
    Od 36375
    Miles 199.9
    22.3 mpg
    51 F

    Crossed Yukon river on very small ferry just outside of Dawson to get on Top o World hwy.
    Staying in campground on Yukon just above ferry.
    On the way to Chicken!

  • Day10

    Dawson City Walk

    August 22, 2017 in Canada

    Dawson still looks very much like a gold frontier town with wooden clapboard buildings and wooden sidewalks. There is a strict building code in place and all must comply to the code. Buildings are painted in a colourful way. The roads are dirt with no gutters.

  • Day14

    Dawson & The Toe!

    August 4, 2016 in Canada

    On Sunday afternoon, we made with to Dawson City, Yukon. We we're really excited about this part of the trip as we had both heard a lot about the "city". As you get to the city, you first have to take a ferry to cross the Yukon River. The dogs "loved" it. We quickly drove through town and set up camp at a nearby RV park and campground.

    Monday morning, we we're quite excited to go explore. Dawson City was a huge part of the Gold Rush here in the Yukon. We learned that the word Klondike (that uses to designated the area) came from a misunderstanding of a native word meaning "hammer head". The Gold Rush here was short-lived, however, in 1898, over 30,000 people lived in the city, which made it the largest one north of Seattle and west of Winnipeg. Bars, restaurants, theaters, hotels, brothels, and more, could all be found in the city. They were also the first Canadian city to get a gambling hall.

    For our first stop, we decided to go visit the Dredge #4. A dredge is a large boat-like piece of equipment used to chew through the land and waters to find gold. A lot of workers are needed to make this work, which is why it isn't used anymore. The Dredge #4 is the largest intact dredge left in the world. We did a guided tour through the entire structure; it was simply incredible. We found out through the tour that the majority of men that came up here to strike it rich unfortunately did not, and as transportation was only seasonal, a lot of them got stuck here working for close to nothing.

    We then headed out to claim #6, which is a free gold panning claim. We tried our luck at it and unfortunately came out empty ended. I guess we need to keep our day jobs.

    We then went back to down to go see all the old buildings. Dawson City is really frozen in time. So many building are being maintained either by people or by the Canadian government as national historic sites. There are also strict rules on how people can renovate their properties. No fast food or Tim Hortons here. Many buildings are also left to themselves, all leaning, to show visitors the effect of building on the permafrost.

    For our last activity of the day, we decided to go try the famous sourtoe cocktail... many decades ago, a prospector found a dead toe, preserved in salt, from a previous gold miner. For whatever reason, the tradition then started to have a shot, in which you would drop the dead toe in. Drink it fast, drink it slow, as long as the toe touches your lips. Well, we did it, Facebook video and certificate in hand to prove it!

    Dawson, all together, was one of the most incredible places we have ever seen. There is so much to do around there and it must be visited at least one in a lifetime.
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  • Day7

    Dawson City

    June 7, 2017 in Canada

    As good as we remembered it.
    Sunny and 70.

  • Day44

    Dawson city, Yukon

    July 11, 2017 in Canada

    Our endless conundrum when travelling has been to what extent we book in advance. Do we risk being stranded somewhere without transport or accommodation or do we wing it and find the best places along the way? Dawson City was one of those mistakes. We spent too long in Fairbanks and only found out when we were there that Dawson City had more to offer! But we enjoyed our 1 night there - watched the tourists line up for the sour toe cocktail (yes, you literally drink a shot with a human toe in it, being super careful not to get the toe in your mouth - not only is it A TOE, but it's also being slobbered on by over 100,000 people apparently..). Suffice to say we didn't try it. Had a few drinks in Bombay Peggy's - nice atmosphere and great beer!Read more

  • Day27


    June 13 in Canada

    Arrived in Dawson City mid-afternoon. We found a great site at the government campground just across the river. We did a little sightseeing and then back to camp where we met a group of film makers and writers who live in Dawson and camped beside us. We chatted the night away and before going to bed at 2 am we were invited to a screening of local films. By the way, in one of the pictures below, you can see a scar on the mountain above the city. This landslide is named Moosehide Slide. It is a prehistoric slide but the ground continues to move averaging approx 4.5 cm a year. In this way it is more like an earth glacier than a true landslide. The sagging buildings are a result of building on premafrost and expecting to heat said building.Read more

  • Day27

    Enroute to Dawson City

    June 13 in Canada

    We travelled to Dawson City today. Enroute we stopped to enjoy the view of the Tintina Trench. The trench runs from Alaska in a South Easterly direction across the centre of the Yukon. We were also lucky enough to come across these swans and basking butterflies

You might also know this place by the following names:

Dawson City, Dawson, דוסון סיטי, YDA, ドーソン・シティ, 도슨시티, Altepetl Dawson, Доусон, Доусон-Сіті, ڈاوسن شہر, 道森市

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