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Yukon Tours from/to Fairbanks: Discover Dawson City, Klondike Gold Rush Trail

What is it about Dawson City? Some come for the history, some for adventures, others still come here for the gold. Some are not sure why they come, they just know Dawson City is one of those places that everyone should see. Whatever your reasons are, we suggest starting with a number of our must see-attractions. Dawson City is the heart of the 1898‘s Klondike Gold Rush! An incredible community that has preserved its past, Dawson City invites you to turn back the time and experience our rich living history. Meander the wooden boardwalks and visit national historic treasures. Join interpretative programs and amazing special events. Tour the Klondike Gold Fields and try your luck panning for gold. YES! We still have operating gold mines. Participate in unforgettable First Nations tours and Wilderness Adventures. Spend a night on the town in one of the most entertaining communities of the North, home to Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino - Canada’s first legalized gambling hall. Without a doubt, you’ll need a week to see it all! Welcome to Canada‘s Yukon Territory

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Day
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Fairbanks - Dawson City

Depart from Fairbanks around 5:20 pm and arrive in Dawson City 7:35 pm (Yukon Time + 1 Hour). The Midnight Dome is the hill that overlooks Dawson City and the gold creeks. Join us for a drive to the top of the Dome to walk around it, viewing the historic landscape. A midnight celebration is held on the Dome by locals on June 21st, when the sun pops behind the tops of the Ogilvie Mountains for just a few seconds. It's a thrilling sight which is available on several evenings each June. The old original RCMP cemetery is along this road. Later, stop by the Downtown Hotel for one of the most unique libations known to the world, the Sourtoe Cocktail. Then it’s off to check out some of the local watering holes, like The Eldorado Hotel, mentioned in Jack London’s “Call of the Wild”, or stop by the Westminster Hotel for some boot stompin’ honky tonk. Finally visit Bombay Peggy’s Pub - a refurbished (but non operational) brothel that served the Klondike Kings during the Height of the gold rush. Overnight Dawson City


Day
02

Dawson City

A day for sightseeing activities. You have the option  Visit Jack London Interpretive Center: a setting for the most popular stories "White Fang" and "Call of the Wild". Diamond Thooth Gerties: a re-creation of the 1898 saloon with a Can-Can Girl show. The Robert Service Cabin, Dawson City Museum, the paddle wheeler SS Keno, Grand Palace Theater, the Commissioners Residence and many other points of interest. Check out the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre - a gateway to Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in heritage. This centre is a meeting place for cultural activities, performances and special events that celebrate our traditions and how we live today. Each summer the Gathering Room hosts a new exhibition that reflects our vibrant and rich culture. Visitors can share in our pride by participating in our river walk tours, topical displays, art shows and a wide variety of film presentations. Overnight: Dawson City


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03

Dawson City - Fairbanks
 

Optional sightseeing tours: Gold Dredge #4: This huge dredge is 13 Km (8 Miles) south of Dawson City on Bonanza Creek Road (off the Klondike Hwy.) These dredges floated in their own ponds, scooping up creek gravel and gold. This is the largest wooden-hulled dredge ever built. Claim # 6 This gold claim is No. 6 above Discovery on historic Eldorado Creek. It was first staked by F. Ladouceur in October, 1896, not long after George Carmack made his famous discovery about a half-mile downstream. It has been owned by a variety of miners and mining companies, including the Yukon Gold Company. The Klondike Visitors Association owns the claim, and visitors are welcome to pan for free and can keep the gold that they find. Panning is restricted to hand tools only. Transfer to the airport. Departure from Dawson City around 4:40 pm. You'll arrive in Fairbanks at 4:55 pm. (Yukon Time - 1 Hour) Individual program extensions are available.





Dawson City Tour Package | Superior Hotel
Rates in US $ / per Person Single      Double      Triple      Quad      Child     
May 15 - May 31 $ 000.00 $ 000.00 $ 000.00 $ 000.00 $ 000.00
June 01 - August 31 $ 000.00 $ 000.00 $ 000.00 $ 000.00 $ 000.00
September 01 - September 20 $ 000.00 $ 000.00 $ 000.00 $ 000.00 $ 000.00

 

Dawson City Tour Package | First Class Hotel
Rates in US $ / per Person Single      Double      Triple      Quad      Child     
May 15 - May 31 $ 000.00 $ 000.00 $ 000.00 $ 000.00 $ 000.00
June 01 - August 31 $ 000.00 $ 000.00 $ 000.00 $ 000.00 $ 000.00
September 01 - September 20 $ 000.00 $ 000.00 $ 000.00 $ 000.00 $ 000.00

 

Departure Days
Daily Departures from May 15 - September 20

 

Services included
  • 2 Nights Superior or Deluxe Hotel Accommodation
  • All GST/PST Taxes
  • Flights: Fairbanks - Dawson City - Fairbanks
  • Dawson City Transfers Airport - Hotel - Airport
  • 3-h Guided Sightseeing Tour
  • Detailed Tour & Travel Documentation



Flexible Tour Options | Upgrades & Sightseeing
Rates in US $ | per Person Adult
Klondike Spirit Yukon River Dinner Cruise $000.00

Slowrush Kennels and Introduction to the Yukon Quest Race $000.00

Additional Nights | Dawson City
Rates in US $ | per Person Hotel Category      Single      Double      Triple      Quad      Child     
May 15 - May 31 Superior Hotel $000.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00
June 01 - September 03 Superior Hotel $000.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00
September 04 - September 15 Superior Hotel $000.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00

May 15 - May 31 First Class Hotel $000.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00
June 01 - September 03 First Class Hotel $000.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00
September 04 - September 15 First Class Hotel $000.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00

 

Additional Nights | Fairbanks
Rates in US $ | per Person Hotel Category      Single      Double      Triple      Quad      Child     
May 15 - May 31 Superior Hotel $000.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00
June 01 - August 31 Superior Hotel $000.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00
September 01 - September 15 Superior Hotel $000.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00

May 15 - May 31 First Class Hotel $000.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00
June 01 - August 31 First Class Hotel $000.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00
September 01 - September 15 First Class Hotel $000.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00 $00.00




Dawson City - Yukon Territory FAQ

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How about History?
It all began with Robert Henderson, a fur trapper and part-time prospector who, in 1894, found gold in Rabbit Creek (later renamed Bonanza) not far from where the Klondike River empties into the Yukon. When he had prospected this clear, shallow stream, he was certain he was close to a major find. Two years passed, however, before he could persuade his friend, George Washington Carmack, to go into the area. Carmack and his native companions, Dawson Charley and Skookum Jim, explored the area around the river the Indians called "Tr'ondek"—or Klondike to English tongues. The three lucky prospectors discovered gold on Bonanza Creek on August 17, 1896. A short time later, at the nearby mining camp of Fortymile, Carmack registered the discovery claim. Within days, Bonanza and Eldorado creeks had been staked from end to end. Carmack forgot to tell poor Henderson, who missed out entirely on the richest claims. Thirty thousand (some say fifty) pick-and-shovel miners, prospectors, storekeepers, saloon keepers, bankers, gamblers, prostitutes and con men from every corner of the continent poured through snow-choked mountain passes and down the Yukon River to stake their claim to fortune on creeks with names like Eldorado, Bonanza, Last Chance and Too Much Gold.

Most seekers found no gold at all. But the prospect of sudden riches was not all that mattered. For many of those who made the incredible journey, the Klondike represented escape from the humdrum, the adventure of a new frontier. The town grew up in the shadow of a scar-faced mountain called Midnight Dome.  Here on the flats of two riverbanks was a city of trampled mud streets, saloons, churches, gambling houses and theatrical shows. Wharves and warehouses lined the river's shore. White Pass & Yukon steamers could usually be found berthed at riverside docks, part of a fleet of 250 paddlewheelers, which plied the Yukon River.

In early-day Dawson, gold dust could buy almost anything. One grizzled old prospector is reputed to have bought a dance-hall queen for her weight in gold. Traders, who packed tons of freight over difficult trails, priced their merchandise at whatever they felt the traffic would bear. Condensed milk sold for $3 a can; eggs, $18 a dozen, sugar, $100 a sack; butter, $10 for a two-pound can. A bowl of soup in a restaurant cost a dollar and a pint of French champagne sold for $30. A Seattle paper sold for $10, and its buyer rented it out for  $2.50 a reading.

By 1904, an estimated $100 million in gold had been shipped from the Klondike.  No one really knows how much gold was found, however, because lots of it was never registered. At its height, Dawson City had a population of 35,000, but the "stampede" of `98 died out almost as quickly as it began. Stories of a new gold discovery at a place called Nome began filtering into the Klondike. As thousands of prospectors and miners rushed westward, Dawson as many towns before her became a ghost town. Unlike many gold camps, Dawson was never swept aside or buried in the onrush of civilization. When its dream was over, the town stood still.

Many of the old landmarks disappeared one by one in disasters by fire or the callousness of man. But what remains provides a unique travel experience for those with a sense of history and adventure. "A symphony in honky-tonk that played itself out in four frenzied years."  That's the way one famous early-day writer chose to describe the gold rush city of Dawson. Some of the old landmarks, like the Palace Grand theatre, have been reconstructed. Others, such as the Old Post Office, have been restored, since many sites in Dawson City have been designated of National Historic significance by the Canadian government. Restoration and maintenance of numerous gold rush buildings and at least one mining complex is being carried out by Parks Canada.

Some of the town's firms like the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, have opened their doors every business day for almost a century. In the bank, gold still is weighed and handled here, but not in the same quantities as it was when Dawson revelled in her prime.

 

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How about Shopping?
The Dawson City General Store on 540 Front Street (across from the Sternwheeler) Phone/Fax 867-993-5813 stocks fresh produce, in-store bakery, a full line of groceries, in-store deli. Open 8:00 am - 9:00 pm.

Gold Claim 3rd Ave. Phone: 867-993-6387.
Provides the largest display of gold nuggets in the Yukon.

Klondike Nugget & Ivory Shop on Front Street features a unique display of gold nuggets from the Klondike Creek and a 9 ft Mammoth tusk. This business has operated for over 90 years and produces exquisite jewellery using genuine gold nuggets from the area.

The Maximilian’s Gold-Rush Emporium
A center for information on the Klondike Gold Rush, The North, Wildlife, Books, Gifts, and souvenirs. They also have great selection of postcards.

Peabody's Photo 2nd Ave. At Princess Ave.
Old fashioned portraits, photo supplies & gifts, photo finishing  and film.

The Ravens Nook on 2nd & Queen
Specialized in gold nugget jewellery, souvenir spoons, T-shirts, Sportswear for mens and ladies. Dawson City’s mini department store

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How about Sightseeing?
Most Dawson City attractions are open from mid- May to mid-September. Advance reservation for Tours, Hotels, B&B, and other accommodations are highly recommended.

Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall.
A real Klondike Gold Rush-style gambling hall featuring Texas Hold'em poker, Blackjack and other table games plus slot machines. Live entertainment features Diamond Tooth Gertie and her Can-Can Girls. Licensed bar and snack bar. Doors open at 7pm nightly. Shows at 8:30pm, 10:30pm and 12:30am

Discovery Days Festival
The annual festival about the historical gold discovery in 1896
Events feature a parade, numerous exhibits, plus raft, canoe and bathtub races, dances and other activities during the third weekend of August. Advance reservations for accommodation are recommended.

Gaslight Follies
A highly recommended variety show that relives the Gold Rush era, playing every night at the Palace Grand Theatre. Check for show times. Admission fee.

Jack London's Cabin
An interpretative center featuring the life of famed American author Jack London during his time in the Klondike. Open 10 - 6 daily with live presentations. Located on Eighth Avenue near Robert Service Cabin. Admission $1.00

Old Post Office
Stamps may be purchased, so letters may be postmarked and mailed at Dawson's original post office constructed in 1901. The old building is a National Historic Site restored and maintained by Parks Canada.

Robert Service Cabin
Daily at 10am and 3pm ballads of the Yukon poet Robert Service are recited. Tours and readings are conducted daily.

Dawson City Museum
At Fifth Ave. and Church St. in the old Administration Building, is open daily from 10am to 6pm and features an interesting display of early-day relics. Special features include Dempster slide show, silent movies and historical films. Minto Park, located next to the museum, has a collection of old locomotives, including an old diamond stacker used in early mining operations in the Klondike district.

The No. 4 Dredge
Is the biggest wooden hull, bucket-line gold dredge in North America It rests on Claim No. 17 on Bonanza Creek, 10 miles from Downtown Dawson City on Bonanza Creek Road. Maintained by Parks Canada, the giant dredge offers visitors tours daily.

The Palace Grand Theatre
Originally built in 1898 by impresario and gold seeker, Arizona Charlie Meadows. It has been fully restored and is a National Historic Site. It can be found at King Street and Third Avenue.Tours are conducted daily.

Top of the World Golf Course
On Sunnydale Road, off Top of the World Highway.Golf under the midnight sun. There are 9 holes with grass greens, driving range, putting green, pro shop, licensed lounge and free unserviced RV parking for golfers. No tee times required. Call 867-667-1472

Tr'ondek Hwech'in Cultural Centre
Front and York Street, 867-993-6564. Featuring tours, Theatre and Gift Shop.

Walking Tours of the Historic Downtown Area
Are scheduled during the summer months, from the Visitor Reception Centre. Walking tours of the Government Reserve including the N.W.M. Police buildings, old churches in the area and Commissioner's residence. Leaves twice daily from the Commissioner's Residence.

Midnight Dome Road
Is a five-mile-long road to the top of Midnight Dome overlooking Dawson City, the Yukon River and it’s gold fields. This road takes you 2900 feet above sea level, allowing a panoramic view of the Klondike Valley, the Sixty Mile country, and the Yukon River. From the Dome you can see the  "Midnight Sun" on June 21st barely dipping down behind the Ogilvie Mountain range in the North

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How about Gold Panning?
Gold panning is prohibited at claims other than those commercial ventures who are having been opened to visitors and claim #6 above Discovery, which is owned by the Klondike Visitors Association and is preserved for public use free of charge. Here you can try your hand at panning for gold. What you find, you keep. Bring your own gold pan.

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How about the Yukon River Ferry?
George Black Ferry. Ferry operated by the Yukon Government.  It runs 24 hours daily in the peak summer periods (except for it's weekly maintenance on Wednesdays from 5:00 - 7:00 am) across the Yukon River. Depending on the ice, the ferry commences it's operating season from the third week in May to mid-October. It departs on demand to carry vehicles and passengers across to the public campground and is the only connection to the Top of the World Highway. Peak traffic periods are from 7:00 - 11:00 am and 4:00 - 7:00 pm during busy summer periods. All propane appliances must be shut off for the trip and follow directions from ferry personnel when loading and unloading. Tour bus traffic has priority 6:00 - 9:00 am and 5:00 - 9:00 pm fuel traffic has priority from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am. Phone 867-893-5441 or 993-5344 for more information.

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Yukon Territory Trivia
  • Gold is 19 times heavier than water.
  • In 1904 the Klondike was the largest gold producer in Canada and the fourth largest in the world.
  • The engines that turned the massive paddle wheels on Yukon’s riverboats burned a cord of wood per hour. The 500 mile journey from Whitehorse to Dawson City took only 40 hours while it took as much as 4 days the other way.
  • More than 250 sternwheelers plied Yukon waters from 1896 to the mid 1950′s. At one time, there were up to 70 of the majestic riverboats on the Yukon River alone. The 500 mile journey from Whitehorse to Dawson City took only 40 hours while it took as much as 4 days the other way
  • A Dawson City team set two Stanley Cup records. In 1905, the Yukon team played the Ottawa Silver Sevens in Ottawa and established the worst goals against record with a 23-3 loss. Ottawa’s one-eyed Frank McGee scored the most goals by one player in the playoffs – 14.
  • The Yukon River is 2200 miles (3520 km) long, the 4th longest in the world.
  • A gold nugget was unearthed in the Klondike that weighed over 72 oz. It was nearly 6″ long. In 1898, the nugget was valued at $1,158. Today, it would be worth well over $30,000.
  • The Klondike got its name from the Indian word “Thron Diuck” meaning “Hammer Water”. Early settlers had difficulty with the pronunciation and thus it became KLON-DIKE.
  • Dawson City was the largest city north of Seattle and west of Winnipeg.


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How about the First Nations?
The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in is a Yukon First Nation based in Dawson City. The citizenship of roughly 1,100 includes descendants of the Hän-speaking people, who have lived along the Yukon River for millennia, and a diverse mix of families descended from Gwich’in, Northern Tutchone and other language groups. from ground level, you can frequently see it while on a hike that gains elevation, or on a flight seeing trip.

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How about the Cultural Scene?
Dawson may be a small town, but its arts scene thrives with the help of Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC), the Dawson City Arts Society (DCAS), the Dawson City Music Festival (DCMF), and the northernmost art school in North America, the Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA)

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How about Gambling?
Find many casino favourites at Diamond Tooth Gertie's, named for the dance-hall queen Gertie Lovejoy and her signature diamond-studded smile. Games include blackjack, roulette, poker, slot machines and more. For some fun, catch a live can-can girls performance, with three nightly shows. Food and beverage services are also offered. Open from May to September.

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How about Parks Canada?
The Klondike National Historic Sites of Canada commemorate the 1896 Klondike Gold Rush, the role of large corporation gold mining in the Klondike and river transportation in the Yukon. Dawson City, conveniently located at the junction of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers, quickly became the heart of the gold fields during this time. For a glimpse of the glorious past of the gold rush era, visit the Klondike National Historic Sites of Canada such as Chilkoot Trail Historic Site, S.S. Klondike National Historic Site, Klondike Goldrush National Historic Park.

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How about the Music Festival?
The festival takes place at five separate venues in downtown Dawson City. All of our venues are in easy walking distance of one another - and of Dawson’s many hotels, B&Bs, campgrounds, RV Parks, restaurants, shops, tourist attractions and other amenities.Mainstage concerts are scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. Concerts at the Palace Grand Theatre occur on Saturday and Sunday evenings, as well. This year’s festival includes a special Saturday evening concert in St. Paul’s Anglican Church, concurrent with mainstage and Palace Grand activities. Having trouble deciding which concert to attend? Don’t worry, the mainstage will be going strong well past midnight, so there’s often lots more music to catch after the off-site shows. The mainstage is also home to Saturday’s KidsFest. For the rest of us, daytime concerts and workshops take place in venues throughout town all-day Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a free Kick-Off Concert at the Gazebo on Front Street on Friday afternoon. This event is presented by CBC North.

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How is the Weather?
The weather at Dawson City is extremely variable. You can expect sun, wind, rain, clouds and even snow - sometimes all on the same day. Temperature can range from the mid 20's in early May and September to 85 degrees in July. Normal temperatures are in the high 60's with nights cooling off to between 40 and 50 degrees. Wearing layers of clothing makes it easy to regulate your body temperature. Also, you'll find that a good waterproof raincoat is invaluable. It will be daylight for almost 24-hours a day throughout May, June, July and August. Weather Forecast



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