Dawson City, Yukon – City Profile

The town was founded back in 1897 by a man named Joseph Ladue and was named after the man who mapped the entire area 10 years earlier (George M. Dawson). It was the Capital of Yukon for over 50 years before the seat was moved to Whitehorse. The Klondike Gold Rush is really what got the town started (population wise at least). This rush, started in 1896 changed the First Nations camp into a huge city of 40,000 in 1898.  After World War II, The Great Depression in America, and the Capital moving to Whitehorse, the city dwindled to under 1000 before stabilizing right around 1000.  In 2004 the town Mayor was removed because the city was going bankrupt.  What will always keep people coming back to Dawson City is the fact that Jack London not only used to live there but most of his books are based on the area.

One of the most interesting things about this area is the fact that the town is almost nearly supported by gold mining.  The only other support given really is tourism.  Gold mining is huge is this part of the world and most gold mining operations are shut down during the winter but Joe Boyle was able to figure out how to keep them working year round through the harsh winters.  This guy was a complete genius and its even rumored that he had a sexual relationship with the Queen consort of Romania. Pretty scandalous if you ask me.  One of the things I plan on doing my next visit is going to Claim #6.  Anyone can pan for gold here I believe for free.

Population: 1,319
Elevation: 1,214ft (370m)
Website: www.cityofdawson.ca
News: The Klondike Sun

Things to Do

  • Dawson City Museum – $9.00 Adults, $7 Senior, $18.00 Family
  • Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall
  • Claim #6 – Free
  • Palace Grand Theatre
  • Jack London Interpretive Museum – $5.00
  • Berton House
  • Parks Canada Historic Sites – Tickets $6.40 each, 3 for $13.85 or 5 for $22.25. Tickets valid for most programs
  • Danoja Zho Cultural Centre – $6.00 ($3.00 for youth 12 – 18)
  • Klondike Institute of Art and Culture
  • Fire Fighters Museum
  • Tombstone Territorial Park

Places to Stay

  • Westmark Dawson City
  • Whitehouse Cabins
  • Eldorado Hotel
  • Canadas Best Value Inn – Downtown Hotel
  • Bonanza Gold Motel & RV Park
  • Dawson City Bunkhouse
  • Triple J Hotel
  • Bunkhouse Hotel
  • Dawson City Bed & Breakfast
  • Bombay Peggy’s Inn & Pub
  • Aurora Inn
  • 5th Avenue Bed & Breakfast
  • White Ram Manor
  • Bear Creek Bed & Bannock


Food to Eat

  • The Drunken Goat Tavern
  • Klondike Kate’s Restaurant & Cabins
  • Riverwest Bistro
  • Sour Doe Joe’s
  • La Table
  • Jack London Grill
  • Bonanza Dinning Room & Sluice Box Lounge
  • Tasty Byte Internet Cafe