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The 17 BEST Things to do in Dawson City, Yukon (2024 Guide)

Things To Do In Dawson City Yukon

Whether you love history, adventure or dancing to local music, you’ll find plenty of amazing things to do in Dawson City, Canada in this first-hand guide.

Dawson City is one of those towns that everybody seems to know about, but few people ever get to.

For anybody that has an interest in Klondike Gold Rush history, the Yukon in Canada’s north and the towns scattered around the territory are well worth visiting.

It’s not just Klondike gold rush history and gold panning that draws people up this way though. The landscapes of Yukon are some of the most spectacular in the country, and the people that call this place home could not get any more friendly and welcoming.

While almost everybody that travels to Yukon makes their way through Whitehorse, the capital of the territory, it’s Dawson City 530km further north that has the real appeal to those looking to for an authentic experience.

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Wander the picturesque streets – just one of the many awesome things to do in Dawson City, Yukon.

The Best Things to Do in Dawson City

On our second trip to Yukon we had the pleasure of finally making it up to this historic and quaint town from the Gold Rush era, and instantly fell in love with its quirkiness and charm.

Our visit was quite short, but you could very easily spend weeks exploring the area around Dawson City.

With Tombstone Territorial Park close by, and tonnes of adventure activities to be enjoyed, it’s a wonderful place to visit at any time of year.

Enjoy gold panning and learning about the history of the Gold Rush, drinking with the locals, partying at a music festival, or immersing yourself in the pristine nature around the town.

Here’s our complete guide to the best things to do in Dawson City, Yukon

READ MORE – Check out our southern Yukon road trip itinerary.

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The old buildings of Dawson City are absolutely beautiful.

Join the Sourtoe Cocktail Club

“You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips must touch the toe.”

– Everybody who has joined the club.

If the Klondike Gold Rush is what put Dawson City on the map, it’s the Sourtoe Cocktail Club that made it legendary amongst travellers the world over.

This famous, and pretty grotesque, tradition involves enjoying a delicious cocktail at the bar of the Downtown Hotel, with one unique ingredient.

A severed human toe.

Yes, you read that right.

It’s a tradition that has been around for decades. In 1920 a man named Louie Liken lost his toe due to frostbite and…

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