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The Gold Rush City

Jan 15, 2008
Dawson City, capital of the Klondike. It was built on a marshy spit of ground at the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers. A dike keeps the river out of the city today. It is a frontier setting and you are on the edge of the middle of nowhere.

Dawson City, Yukon is the heart of the world-famous Klondike Gold Rush. Today, Dawson City's main industries are tourism and gold mining.

The Yukon River Ferry, also know as the George Black Ferry, is the only connection between the Top of the World Highway and Dawson City.

There are lots of fun pubs and one of the best things is, gambling is legal. There are full fledged casinos that look just like those of a hundred years ago. You can also see can-can girls dancing in several shows throughout town.

A well known poet from Scotland, Robert Service spent many years in this area. He wrote about the pioneer days and the gold rush of the late 1800's. A cabin he lived in is in Dawson and every night during the summer a man recites Robert Service poems for tourists.

The Dawson City Music Festival starts with a free concert late on Friday afternoon, and it is non-stop rock, folk, country and other music. It may be a long way to go, but plenty of people are prepared to make the journey. Each year, some of the best names in Canadian music perform before an appreciative and spirited audience. By day there are concerts and work shops at venues throughout the community, together with a range of family and children's entertainment, games, and crafts. After dark, the main tent hosts the biggest dance party in the far north.

Diamond Tooth Gertie gambling hall is Canada's oldest gambling hall open in 1901. It tries to recapture the spirit of the Gold Rush and Pioneer days, especially in the three nightly shows. They are can-can shows and they are all different.

The third weekend of August every year Dawson City celebrates Discovery Days, in commemoration of the discovery of Klondike gold in 1896. A highlight of the weekend is the Saturday Discovery Days Parade sponsored by the Yukon Order of Pioneers.

The MacBride Museum in Whitehorse gives you great insight into life in the Yukon both before and after the arrival of Europeans. The museum has decent displays on the local aboriginal peoples, indeginous wildlife and on pioneer times. There are also exhibits on the Klondike gold rush days. There is also a train engine when trains travelled to these parts earlier in the 20th century.
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Douglas Scott writes for The Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Dawson city Rental Site
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