Yukon Territory

Dawson City, Yukon

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See Top of the World Hwy and Klondike Hwy for the roads leading to Dawson City.

Dawson City

Plan to visit for a few days if you enjoy poking into curiosities and exploring history. Dawson City has gravel streets, wood boardwalks, old buildings and relics. The outlying areas around Dawson are also interesting for those interested in mining and history.

A drive to the top of Dome Mountain is a must-do. As is the drive through active mining claims to see the historical Dredge No. 4. The historical Bear Creek mining compound is also very interesting. Check in at the Visitor Centre in Dawson City to learn more.

I also suggest the Government of Yukon brochure: South Dawson City Walking Tour (pdf)

Looking towards the Midnight Dome, Dawson City, Yukon
Looking northward on Third Street towards the Midnight Dome - September 2010

Dawson City Street
Looking northward on Fifth Avenue from Front Street - September 2012

Palace Grand Theatre, Dawson City   Palace Grand Theatre, Dawson City, Yukon
Palace Grand Theatre - September 1993 and again in June 2008

Interior of the Palace Grand Theatre, Dawson City
Interior of the Palace Grand Theatre in 2008
Opened in July 1899.
http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/yt/dawson/natcul/natcul2_e.asp

Dawson City Government House, Yukon
Government House - September 1986
http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/yt/dawson/natcul/natcul1_e.asp

Red Feather Saloon, Dawson City 1986
Red Feather Saloon - September 1986

Red Feather Saloon, Dawson City, Yukon
A rebuilt Red Feather Saloon - June 2008

Ammo Store, Dawson City 1986
Strait's Auction House - September 1986
Constructed in 1901 it became known as the Guns and Ammunition Shop.

Strait's Auction House, Dawson City
Strait's Auction House - September 2012

3rd Avenue Complex, Dawson City, Yukon
3rd Avenue Complex showing the effects of permafrost freeze/thaw - June 2008

3rd Avenue Complex - September 2010
3rd Avenue Complex - September 2010

S.S. Keno, Dawson City, Yukon
S.S. Keno Paddle Wheeler - June 2008

Klondike Motors, Dawson City, Yukon
Klondike Motors - June 2008

Klondike Thawing Machine Company, Dawson City, Yukon
Klondike Thawing Machine Co. building - June 2008

Westminster Hotel, Dawson City
Westminster Hotel - June 2008

Midnight Sun Hotel, Dawson City
Midnight Sun Hotel - June 2008

Lowe's Mortuary, Dawson City
Lowe's Mortuary - June 2008

Diamond Tooth Gerties in Dawson City, Yukon
Diamond Tooth Gerties - September 1986

St Andrews Church, Dawson City
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church - June 2008. Learn more at http://historicplaces.ca/

Jack London cabin, Dawson City, Yukon
Jack London Cabin - June 2008

Robert Service Cabin
Robert Service Cabin - September 2012

Robert Service Cabin, Dawson City, Yukon
Robert Service Cabin - September 1993

The Midnight Dome

The Midnight Dome is a good place to drive to see the landscape all around Dawson.

Midnight Dome viewed from Dawson city waterfront park
Midnight Dome viewed from Dawson's waterfront park - September 2010

Yukon River from Dome Mountain, Dawson City, Yukon
View from Dome Summit looking north on the Yukon River - September 1993

View of Yukon River from Dome Mountain, Dawson City
View from Dome Summit looking north along the Yukon River - June 2008

View of Dawson City from Dome Mountain, Dawson City
View of Dawson City from Dome Summit - June 2008
That is the "Top of the World" highway on the ridge to the right and above the Yukon River.

Paddle Wheeler Graveyard

This informal historical site is located a short hike north of the Yukon River government campground on the west side of the Yukon River.

Paddle wheel graveyard near Dawson City
Standing beside one of the big paddlewheels - July 2011

Paddle Wheeler, Dawson City
Sad to see a ship completely collapsed - July 2011

Paddle wheel collapsing, Dawson City
Slipping into the ground with age - July 2011

Dredge No. 4 - National Historic Site of Canada

One of two dozen dredges that worked this area, Dredge No. 4 rests on Claim 17 Below Discovery on Bonanza Creek near the spot where it ceased operations in 1959. Dredge No. 4 is the largest wooden hull, bucket line dredge in North America.

More info: http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/yt/dn4/index_E.asp
See location on Google Maps.

Dredge No. 4, Dawson City, Yukon
Dredge No. 4 - September 1993

Dredge No. 4, Dawson City, Yukon
Dredge No. 4 - June 2008

Dredge No. 4, Dawson City, Yukon
Dredge No. 4, Dawson City - June 2008 -- N63 56.604 W139 20.145

Bear Creek Mining Complex

Bear Creek was an industrial complex located 10 kilometres (6 miles) east of Dawson. From 1905 to 1966, Bear Creek was the Klondike headquarters for corporate mining interests, acting as the administrative and repair centre for the goldfield's dredging operations. More info: http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/yt/dn4/natcul/natcul2_E.asp

We were disappointed that this historical site was closed when we visited in 2008.

Bear Creek, Dawson City, Yukon
September 1993

Bear Creek, Dawson City, Yukon
Ford tanker truck used as a fire engine at Bear Creek - September 1993

Other pictures

Yukon River ferry crossing at Dawson City, Yukon
Yukon River ferry crossing - September 2010

Moosehide, Yukon River, near Dawson City
On the Yukon River looking towards Dawson City - September 1993

Visiting the historical cemeteries in Dawson City is an interesting experience. One can't help but wonder about the lives these people lived so many years ago.

Yukon government booklet: A Walking Tour of Dawson City Cemeteries (pdf)

Cemetery
Police Cemetery near Dawson City - July 2011

Cemetery
NW Mounted Police cemetery - July 2011

Grave
Headstone at the cemetery - July 2011

Ice Bridge on the Yukon River

Ice Bridge
Ice Bridge on the Yukon River in February 2012

Yukon Quest in Dawson City - ice bridge on the Yukon river
Walking across the ice bridge - February 2012