Lean against the Red Feather Saloon’s long bar imagining the ramped-up ruckus when miners came to town. The Bank of British North America’s polished tellers’ wickets frozen in time and the ornate woodwork throughout the Old Post Office are glimpses into a wealthy boomtown.

Dawson City’s historic buildings come to life with fun and engaging interpreters at the prestigious Commissioner’s Residence and on guided tours. Dawson Then and Now contrasts the historic and current town and lifestyles.  Two self-guided tours of Dawson’s downtown are also available.


Dawson Then and Now - Guided walking tour

Wonder what life is like in Dawson in the middle of winter? Or what to do for fun on a rainy weekend in a town with no movie theatre? Do you think the answer has changed since the gold rush era? You might be surprised! Explore this unique town with your Parks Canada guides, and get a sense of what life is and was like here. See the spots where life really happens in Dawson City, both in gold rush times, and in present day.

Location: Visitor Information Centre on Front Street
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Strange Things Done in the Midnight Sun - Guided walking tour

It’s all about the gold... but gold can do strange things to those who seek it. As Robert Service eloquently wrote it, “The Northern Lights have seen queer sights” and let’s be clear, Service was talking about Dawson City! With a transition from a patch of moose pasture to a topsy-turvy boomtown in the blink of an eye, anything and everything could, AND DID happen! Find out how much stranger than fiction the truth really is while wandering through the historical core of this amazing town.

Location: Visitor Information Centre on Front Street

 

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Dawson Behind the Scenes - Guided walking tour

Ever wonder what happens to old stuff at an historic site? The Klondike National Historic Sites have thousands of items in its collections, most of which are rarely seen by the public. Our Behind the Scenes tour offers a peek at collections and artifacts that are normally off limits. Visitors will see and handle artifacts up close, learn their significance, and understand the role that Parks Canada plays in preserving these collections.

Location: Visitor Information Centre on Front Street
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Hike through History - Guided hike

200 years in 1250 steps! This hour long hike with a Heritage Interpreter follows the 9th Ave. trail to the viewpoint at Crocus Bluff. The hike is of moderate difficulty, sturdy footwear recommended.

Location: Robert Service Cabin

 

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Dawson City - Self-guided audio walking tour

For in-depth information about the wealth of historic buildings in the Dawson town core, taken at your own pace, this is the tour for you. A compact mp3 player leads you through town to hear stories and details about almost all of the Dawson Historical Complex buildings. This tour is available in English, French and German.

Location: Visitor Information Centre on Front Street

 

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“Dawson as they saw it” - Self-guided visit to Harrington’s Store

Many images of the rush of 1898 are familiar. Goldseekers recorded their impressions in diaries, letters and photographs. But there was more than one Dawson: from a hastily-built supply camp to an elegant territorial capital to a gold town in slow decline.

There is no judging how "faithfully" any one view has captured the original. Whether recording for the family album or for a specific audience, each photographer and writer has brought his or her own perspective and expectations to bear. This collection is by no means "Dawson as it really was", but rather "Dawson as they saw it."

Location: 2nd Ave, corner of Princess St.

 

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Site-guide for Dawson Historical Complex National Historic Site

A new town site-guide can accompany you on one of three guided walking tours of Dawson or just as a classy souvenir of The Dawson Historical Complex National Historic Site. It will provide you with historic images, additional information and additional sites within the Historical Complex. Available at the Visitor's Information Centre on Front St. from 9am to 5pm daily during the operational season.

 

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Xplorer booklets for kids – Dawson City

Do your children like a challenge? Are they budding artists, dreamers or promising journalists? Then they are a perfect candidate to become a Parks Canada Xplorer. The Dawson City Xplorer Booklet will take you through the Dawson Historic Complex and the S.S.Keno National Historic Sites. Pick up a booklet at the Visitor Information Centre on Front Street in Dawson City. When five activities are completed, return it to the Parks Canada desk at the Visitor Information Centre to collect a prize and their official Xplorers certificate.

 

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Geocaching

Did you know that there are geocaches placed by Parks Canada within the town of Dawson City? Each cache contains information about locations and people commemorated in the Klondike, as well as a secret question. If you bring the correct answers to FOUR of the secret questions, you can receive a small token from the Parks Canada desk at the Visitor Information Centre.