Technically a town, Dawson City (or Dawson as many refer to it) has a special provision allowing it to use the word "City" in its name for historical reasons.

The town was legally incorporated as a city in 1902, but no longer met the criteria for a city by the 1980s. Signs at the town's boundaries read "Welcome to the Town of the City of Dawson".

Tourism and Gold Mining are at the core of Dawson's economy. There are eight National Historic Sites of Canada in Dawson including the Dawson Historical Complex, which encompasses the historic core of the town. The Visitor Information Centre in downtown Dawson City should be your first stop. The friendly staff here have information about everything there is to see and do in this eclectic town.

Diamond Tooth Gerties gambling hall is a must for an evening's entertainment and a daytime activity might have you gold planning in the Klondike River and finding that elusive nugget.  In the summertime, play golf under the midnight sun at the Top of the World or simply enjoy the twenty odd hours of daylight that the locals take for granted.  For a town the size of Dawson, it is packed with things to do and see so make sure you allow enough time in your RV holiday itinerary to fit it all in.

Top 5 Things to Do

  • Pan for Gold at Bonanza Creek
  • Roll the Dice at Diamond Tooth Gerties
  • Sternwheel down the River on the Klondike Spirit
  • Drive to the Summit of Midnight Dome for a Panoramic View of the City
  • Take a Flightseeing Trip over Tombstone Park and the Dawson City Area

Relive the Klondike Gold Rush in Dawson City

A visit to Dawson City in Canada's Yukon Territory is like stepping back in time.  Buildings, both restored and in ruins, stand testimony to the towns's colourful story from the great Klondike Gold Rush.
Video courtesy of Travel Yukon

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