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A Solid Gold City
Dawson City has always been associated with the Klondike Gold Rush. This Canadian city located in Yukon is one of the most historic towns out there. Its economy comes from tourism and gold mining.
Dawson City is home to 8 National Historic Sites of Canada, including the 'Dawson Historical Complex'. It is a National Historic Site showcasing the historic core of the town. Do take some out to explore the Klondike National Historic Sites. Its incredible to experience the gold rush at an array of preserved and restored places. There are numerous walking tours during the day that enables access to various examples of the 26 restored buildings.
Bonanza Creek is home to two National Historic Sites: the Discovery Claim and the No: 4 Dredge. No trip to Dawson City is complete without heading over to the Discovery Claim. It is a mining claim, assumed to be the site where the Klondike gold rush started. In the afternoon of August 16, 1896, it is the location where the first piece of gold was apparently found.
Be sure to head over to Dredge No 4 in Bonanza Creek. Situated about 13km off the Klondike Hwy, it is a huge dredging machine that stands tall at 18 meters in the midst of the gorgeous Klondike Gold Fields on Claim # 17. Do visit this site to enlighten yourselves about the machine, how it is operated and what it takes to maintain this gigantic machine. Take a guided tour offered by Goldbottom Mine Tours.
Don't forget to visit the Dawson City Museum. Wander about the 25,000 gold rush artifacts housed at this museum. There are plenty of cemeteries in this city, including Jewish, Masonic, RCMP, and others. Head over there to catch a piece of the town's history. Do make it a point to visit the Jack London Museum in Dawson City. This stately museum is devoted entirely to the life and writing of the White Fang author, Jack London. Leaf through historical archives and pictures as well as learn more about adventures before, during and after, the Klondike Gold Rush.
When it comes to shopping, some of the notable souvenirs to be purchased are true Klondike gold nuggets, beaded vests, fur mittens and so forth. As for cuisine, do indulge in local fare available in a plethora of restaurants dotted in the city.
The stay options in Dawson City are abundant with the best luxury hotels, cheap accommodations and rental apartments available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Dawson City experiences subarctic climate. The best time to visit would be during the summer season when the temperatures are relatively pleasant.