Recreational Activities

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Canoeing

Arguably the best way to experience Dawson!

Whether you’re looking for a short day-trip down the Klondike, or a multi-day adventure down the Yukon, our rivers are sure to impress.

If you’re travelling with your own gear, there are multiple places to launch and dock (both in-and-out of town).  We recommend contacting the Visitor Information Centre if you need some additional advice or direction.

If you’re looking to rent some gear, there are a few option:

Castlerock Canoe

Address: 966 Front Street (rents out of Dawson Trading Post)
Phone: 867-993-3618

Dawson City Hostel

Address: Waterfront, West Dawson (turn left immediately after ferry landing)
Phone: 867-993-6823 (summer only)
Email: dawsoncityhostel@yahoo.ca

To arrange trips from Whitehorse or Carmacks to Dawson, please visit Yukon Wild for more info.
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Curling

Founded in 1900, our natural ice, two-sheet curling club is one of the oldest in the country.

Guests and spectators are always welcome to visit our club and watch live curling games from our heated clubroom and upstairs bar area. League games are played twice a week from mid-November to mid-March, and the once-a-week drop-in sessions are perfect for beginners or visitors.

The Dawson Curling Club holds multiple bonspiels throughout the winter, including the Dawson City International Bonspiel and the Dawson City Commercial Bonspiel.  For more information regarding these tournaments, please visit our Events page.

Interested in trying curling with a group of friends or work colleagues? Our ice sheets and club room area are available for rent!

Contact Info 

Address: Art and Margaret Fry Recreation Centre
Entrance on Fifth Avenue (near Queen)
Phone:867-993-6262
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Cycling

One of the best ways to explore the Dawson wilderness is by experiencing our many bike trails. With scenic routes like the Waterfront Trail, to far-reaching ones like the Ridge Road Trail, we have more than enough terrain to satisfy everyone from beginners and family day-trippers to advanced cyclists who are looking for a challenge.

Individuals interested in mountain biking will find an exciting new trail development on the Midnight Dome, or can use parts of Tombstone Territorial Park as their personal playground.

We recommend bringing your own bike (and gear), but the Dawson City River Hostel has a selection of mountain bikes for rent.

We invite you to visit the Klondike Active Transport and Trails Society (KATTS) to check out existing and upcoming trail development.
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Fitness Centre

Dawson is committed to ensuring that all residents and visitors have an opportunity to participate in programs and activities that promote healthy and active lifestyles.

Workshops, fitness classes, and recreational events are scheduled all year long and include such popular programs as yogazumbabody blast, kickboxing, and badminton.  Visit the City of Dawson’s Recreation Department page for an up-to-date schedule and operating hours.

Interesting in organizing your own recreational event?  Contact Dawson City’s Recreational Department for information on gym and/or park rentals.

Contact Info

Address: 1083 Front Street (near King Street)
Phone: 867-993-7400 x 299
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Golfing

Tee off at the northernmost golf course with natural greens!

Our 9-hole golf course, situated in picturesque Sunnydale (West Dawson), offers a unique experience for beginners and a downright challenge for top-golfers.

The Dawson City Golf Course has a fun and friendly licensed clubhouse, and offers cart and club rentals. They also host several events throughout the summer, including the Midnight Sun Golf Tournament, which occurs annually around solstice celebrations. We invite you to visit our Events page for more information.

If you’re interested in hosting your own tournament or event, the Dawson City Golf Course is the perfect spot for a private parties!

Contact Info

Address: Sunnydale Road (in West Dawson)
Phone: 867-993-2500
Email: dawsongolf@hotmail.ca
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 Hockey

Take to the ice this winter!

Dawson’s ice rink is opened mid-November to mid-March, and residents certainly take advantage of this short season. With recreational leagues for men and women of all skill levels, and a variety of drop-in sessions, there are plenty of opportunities to hit the ice!

Visit our Events page to check out all of the upcoming hockey tournaments, or the City of Dawson’s Recreational page for ice times, league schedule and skate rental (and/or sharpening) fee.

Contact Info

Address: Art and Margaret Fry Arena
Phone: 867-993-7400 x 204
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Running

Our town is the perfect place for runners.  With minimal traffic and only three-paved roads, there are plenty of scenic routes both on and off the trails. For information on the best running trails, contact the Visitor Information Centre of the City of Dawson Recreation page.

As well, Dawson hosts a variety of running events all year long including the International Dome Race.  We invite you to visit our Events page or the Run Dawson Facebook page to view all up-coming races, fun runs, and workshops.

Contact Info

Address: 1083 Front Street (near King Street)
Phone: 867-993-7400 x 299
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Snowshoeing

The easiest way to experience Dawson’s winter wonderland– remember, if you can walk, you can snowshoe!

Follow trails deep into the forest to see snow-covered spruce trees or hike some powder filled back-country trails. Fun for all ages and abilities!  All you need are some warm clothes and a sense of adventure!

If you don’t have snowshoes of your own, you can rent a pair from the City of Dawson’s Recreation Department during regular office hours.

Contact Info

Address: 1083 Front Street (near King Street)
Phone: 867-993-7400 x 299
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Swimming

Come and take a splash with us at Dawson’s indoor pool!

Open May to September, the Dawson City pool has a wide-variety of programming, fun swims and organized lessons.   Swimming is a great way to maintain lifelong fitness and wellness as it is often ranked as one of the best forms of exercise for its aerobic and resistance training benefits.

Visitors can find out the pool schedule and drop-in fees via the City of Dawson’s Recreation Department.

Contact Info

Address: Fifth Avenue (near Turner Street)
Phone: 867-993-7400 x 299
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Skiing

Hit the trails this winter!

Enjoy the beautiful scenery, while staying active and having fun on our many cross-country ski trails.  The Klondike Active Transport and Trails Society (KATTS) maintains several groomed trails on the Midnight Dome, however locals enjoy additional trails in West Dawson and along the riverside.

Cross-country skis are available to rent from the City of Dawson’s Recreation Department on Fridays from 12:00pm – 1:30pm, and 5:00 – 5:30.  Ski rentals are $15 per set plus a $20 deposit, to be refunded upon return.  Rentals include skis, boots, poles and wax.  Cash only!

Looking for a bigger thrill?  Then visit Dawson’s very own ski hill: Moose Mountain!

Moose Mountain may be modest in size, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in delightful terrain.  Come and enjoy our uncrowded slopes and incredible views.

 Contact Info 

Address: 1083 Front Street
Phone: 867-993-7400 x 299
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Parks Canada: Harrington’s Store Photo Exhibit

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The photographs displayed at Harrington’s store offer incredible images of Dawson City. From the tent town of the early days to mature territorial capital and throughout the years that followed, these photographs help paint the picture of Dawson’s past. This free exhibit is open daily, so take some time to drop in!

Parks Canada: Walking Tours

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Dawson Then and Now

Join two of our informative guides on this popular walking tour that compares the Dawson of 1898 to the Dawson of today.

Trek through back alleys, historic buildings and see Dawson City the way locals do… and did. Hear incredible tales about the people that roamed the streets during the Gold Rush, and don’t be surprised when you bump into a few colourful characters along the way.

This tour leaves from the Visitor Information Centre every morning, so whether you’re here for a day, week, month or more, ‘Dawson Then and Now’ is a definite must-do!

Strange Things Done

Whatever stories you’ve heard about the Klondike Gold Rush? The truth is stranger and more wonderful, guaranteed! On this popular walking tour, a costumed guide will take you through buildings which have been meticulously refurbished to the Klondike era, and let you in on the most bizarre and unexpected happenings of the period.

How do you suppose criminals were punished? What kinds of jobs did women do? (No, they weren’t all prostitutes!) How did you get your mail in a “city” of 30,000 with no government services and no shipping in-or-out for 8 months of the year?  Get the answer to all these questions and more!

Self-Guided Walking Tour

This hour and half tour through the core of Dawson City offers a wealth of information about how Dawson grew from a moose pasture to a boom town and beyond. Hear stories about the people who came to here as well as the historic buildings that still line the streets of Dawson. This tour can be rented from the Visitor Information Centre and is offered in English, Français and Deutsch.

Parks Canada: S.S. Keno National Historic Site

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The Yukon River has always been a critical lifeline in the lives of Yukoners. The S.S.Keno represents the fleet of sternwheelers that transported people and supplies in and out of the Yukon for over half a century. Built in 1922 to transport silver, lead and zinc ore from the mines on the Stewart River, the S.S. Keno was designed for travel to and from extremely isolated places.

For many, this steamer was the first and last contact with the outside world each season, and residents lived according to its schedule. Grab your ticket at the Visitor Information Centre and come aboard this incredible vessel!

Parks Canada: Doors Open Dawson

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Ever wonder what is would like to explore Dawson’s most historic buildings?  Well, now’s your chance!

All summer long, you can wander through a selection of our beloved Gold Rush era buildings.

Each day, one building will open its doors and invite you to step back in time.  Imagine yourself having a drink at the Red Feather Saloon or stopping by the Post Office to send mail by dog team.  And with staff on hand to answer all your questions, you’ll be privy to the secrets of each of these amazing buildings.

Drop by the Visitor Information Centre to find out which doors are open today!

Discovery Claim

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Transport yourself back to August 17, 1896 and discover the very spot where Skookum Jim, Dawson Charlie and George and Kate Carmack stumbled upon gold!

This legally defined mining claim measures 500 by 2000 feet and is located on Bonanza Creek (formerly Rabbit Creek), a tributary of the Klondike River.  Take a stroll along the ‘Discovery Trail’ and find out what spawned one of the greatest migrations of the nineteenth century. History buffs will be impressed with the evidence of various methods of mining, while photography lovers will revel in the unique light that reaches the valley.

Getting Here:

Drive approximately 15 minutes down Bonanza Creek Road (about 20 miles from downtown Dawson).  The claim will be located to your left, with clear signage and parking.  Before venturing out, drop by the Visitor Information Centre to inquire about road conditions and to pick up the Parks Canada Discovery Claim Fact Sheet.