Dawson City & Tombstone National Park

Dawson City, a National Historic Site, located on the banks of the Yukon River has maintained its charm reminiscent of the Klondike Gold Rush.

The discovery of Klondike gold in 1897 led to one of the greatest gold rushes in history. By 1898, Dawson City was one of the biggest cities north of San Francisco and west of Winnipeg, with a population of 40,000. It was nicknamed ‘the Paris of the North’ and boasted bustling dance halls, theaters and hotels, along with the latest fashions from Paris.

Today, Dawson City offers visitors all the character of the turn-of-the-century Gold Rush days. Hop aboard the Klondike Spirit Paddlewheeler for a relaxing sternwheeler ride on the Yukon River.

Visit the Dawson City Museum to learn about the history of the Yukon and view restored Klondike Mines Railway locomotives and the largest collection of artifacts in the territory.

If you want to try your hand at gold mining, visit Claim #6 on Bonanza Creek where the world’s greatest Gold Rush started or visit Claim 33 to see the progression to machine gold searching, clearly portrayed at Dredge No.4.

If you enjoy golfing, you won’t want to miss the Dawson City Golf Course where you can golf under the midnight sun.

Why not stroll along the Dawson City waterfront to take in the history and legends of the indigenous Tr’ondek Hwech’in people at the Danoja Zho Cultural Centre.

We suggest taking an interpretive tour of this small quaint town and enjoying a night of entertainment at Diamond Tooth Gerties gambling hall- it’s a real gem.

Cruise the Yukon River on a paddle wheeler or if you are more of an outdoor active type try canoeing or kayaking on the Klondike.

Immerse yourself in the history and scenery of the Ninth Avenue Trail. It is only 2.5 km and will take you about 45 minutes but will allow you to see the surroundings of Dawson City.

Dawson City is also the gateway to Tombstone Territorial Park. This park protects a unique wilderness of rugged peaks, permafrost landforms and abundant wildlife, all reflected in a rich First Nations culture. The park is a legacy of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in land claim agreement and lies entirely within their traditional territory.

It is located in central Yukon, near the southern end of the Dempster Highway, making the Tombstone Interpretive Centre a 1-1/2 hr drive from Dawson City and 7 hours from Whitehorse.  The nearest food and lodging to the park is located in Dawson.

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