Dawson City – ideas for free time

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Whilst in Dawson it’s difficult not to consider how the prospectors felt arriving here on the dream of fortune, and it’s easy to find out more about their lives through the various historic sites around the city. Have a look around the typical gold rush cabin of famous poet Robert W Service, the Commissioner’s Residence built in 1901; visit the SS Keno paddle steamer which represents the main form of transportation for both people and supplies in and out of the province; or wander in to Harrington’s Store where you will find photographs of the city from its tent-town beginnings to becoming the territorial capital. Additionally Dawson City Museum covers off much of the gold rush history through a variety of interesting exhibits. The Dawson City Visitor Centre is a great place to start your time here with really knowledgeable staff and information on how to plan your time, as well as offering daily guided walks.

Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall is somewhat of a Yukon legend – a recreated gold rush saloon with nightly, tongue in cheek can-can shows which get more risqué as the evening progresses, alongside a range of table games and slot machines. It’s a Dawson City staple and whilst we generally don’t condone gambling, a little flutter here can make you feel like you’re re-living the chance-and-luck life of a Klondike gold prospector.

Dawson is also lucky enough to experience the Northern Lights in winter, which sometimes appear as early as late August and September so if you are here at the end of the season keep one eye turned to the sky.

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