Sunday’s Special Spot – Dawson City, Yukon


Dawson City was the epicentre of the Klondike Gold Rush, turning the area around the Tr’ochek Hwech’in First Nations’ fishing camp into a 40,000 person frenzy in search of riches from 1896 to 1899. Named in 1897 after geologist George M. Dawson, Dawson City served as the capitol of the Canadian Yukon Territory from 1898 – 1952, after which Whitehorse was named the capitol.

Gold Rush Buildings, Dawson City, Yukon
Old gold rush buildings barely standing, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada.

Now, Dawson City (pop 1300) offers travelers history, events and spectacular natural beauty. Dance hall girls and gambling at Diamond Tooth Gertie’s; hiking and breathtaking scenery at Klondike River and Tombstone Territorial Park; Gold Panning Championships in the summer and the Yukon Quest dog sled race in the winter; viewing the Northern Lights and experiencing the midnight sun, I can see why Dawson City would be amazing to visit at any time. It’s on my list of places to go.

The photo is from Flickr. It was taken and is owned by travfoto.

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