The first thing to know about Dawson City, Yukon, is that it’s a small town by most standards, with a population just over 1,500. But for a small town, it has a booming personality, leftover from its days of gold-rush glory, when fever and fortune ran high.
For a few glorious months in 1898, Dawson City held the nickname, the Paris of the North. Though it may have fallen off the radar as a world capital, it oozes charm.
Dawson has eight National Historic Sites of Canada, including Dredge No. 4 and Tr’ochëk, the site of a traditional Hän fishing camp. There are bawdy vaudeville shows, a thriving farmers market and it’s surrounded by breathtaking northern wilderness. If you need even more convincing that the Yukon is amazing, read the top 5 reasons to visit the Yukon.
Here’s what to do in Dawson City: