The Klondike Gold Rush may be history, but Dawson City still draws adventurers from far and wide. We spend time there on our new North to the Yukon trip.
For eons, the area, three thousand miles north of Vancouver, was the heart of the homeland of the hunter-gatherer Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and their ancestors. The confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers served as a fishing camp, important summer gathering spot, and a base for moose hunting.
Across the Klondike River, the small settlement of Dawson City became Yukon’s first capital in 1898. The Klondike Gold Rush brought a rapid influx of 40,000 pick-and-shovel miners, prospectors, storekeepers, bankers, gamblers, prostitutes, and adventurers.
Dawson City now has a population of 1,375 and is Yukon’s second largest town. Its rugged frontier spirit continues to flourish through the lively atmosphere you won’t find elsewhere. Period buildings, boardwalks, and dirt roads may have you wondering if you’ve stepped back into that era.