The Klondike Experience

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In the summer time, The Klondike Experience operates HUSKY BUS, Yukon’s best choice for
public ground transportation between Whitehorse and Dawson City. We offer Yukoners and
Tourists regular, reliable passenger transportation and parcel service between Dawson City and
Whitehorse, and everywhere along the Klondike Highway. We specialize in transportation of
canoes, kayaks, and world adventurers!

We also offers daily tours of Dawson City and the surrounding area. Get aboard one of our 21
passenger mini-coaches or, for larger groups, let one of our expert guides step-on to your
coach. If you are looking for multi-day tours of the Yukon we offer that as well, just ask!
Looking for biking, hiking, or something exciting? We offer mountain bike rentals, guided hikes,
hiker drop-offs and logistics support, canoe transportation and outfitting, and private charters to
just about anywhere in Yukon and Alaska.

In the winter time, The Klondike Experience is your best bet for Aurora Borealis Viewing,
snowshoe adventures, dogsledding, and sightseeing in Dawson City! We offer multi-day
packages including air transportation, hotels, and meals. For the do-it-yourselfer, we offer à la
carte tour experiences and transportation help to get you going on your next adventure.

www.klondikeexperience.com

B-Line Racing Kennels

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B-Line Kennels is now offering Dog Sledding excursions in Dawson City!

Experience the adventure of a lifetime with B-Line Kennels on this approximately 1.5 hour Dog Sledding excursion.  Meet with your laid-back and cheerful guide, Brian Wilmshurst, and his team of friendly dogs before you take off on the sled.  Then, enjoy the stunning wilderness and nothing but the sound of the dogs doing what they love most.  A great trip for first-time visitors, small groups, and people of all ages.

A little bit about B-Line Kennels:

In 2007 Brian attended the Yukon Quest Start Banquet and watched the mushers take off from the start line.  Instantly, Brian was drawn to the adventure and excitement of dog sled racing!  Since then Brian and his wife Melissa have worked together to gain knowledge and experience on the sport.  Brian believes attitude is everything, and he and his dogs are known for being happy and easy-going. He has won the “Veterinarian’s Choice Award” for best dog care on the trail in the Yukon Quest 300 and twice in the Percy DeWolfe Memorial Mail Race.

What to expect:

  • An experienced and cheerful guide.
  • A team of very friendly Huskies!
  • A beautiful and scenic ride.
  • Great photo opportunities.

Tours available from October to April (weather dependent).

Custom excursions and northern lights viewing are also available for interested parties.

For more information, contact Brian at b-lineracing@hotmail.com / 867-993-5330 / http://www.blinekennels.com/

Dawson Walking Trails

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Ninth Avenue Trail

Immerse yourself in the history and scenery of the Ninth Avenue Trail. The Ninth Avenue Trail allows you to see the surrounding environment of Dawson City on a well-maintained and scenic trail that loops around the town. The year round, 2.5 kilometer trail takes about 30-45 minutes from start to finish and offers you an easy hike to enjoy views and fresh air conveniently close to the downtown core. The trail also allows you access to multiple other trails such as the Crocus Bluff Trail, Midnight Dome Trail and the Moosehide Trail (limited access).

Click here to download or view the trail map

Ridge Road Trail

Experience the history of the Klondike Gold Rush by following in the footsteps of the early miners! The Ridge Road Trail was built in 1899, it was the first government-built wagon road and was a major supply route to the goldfields. The Ridge Road winds along the high and relatively dry ground between Bonanza and Hunker Creek. During the Gold Rush there were many roadhouses, stores and suppliers operating along the road. The road was decommissioned in 1902 but you can still see the remnants of the once busy highway when hiking along the trail.

The trail is approximately 30km and hikers should allow two days to walk this trail. A campground is within a day of either trailhead.

Highlights of the trail include: the Yukon Ditch, 11 Mile & 15 Mile Campground, Soda Station  and the Upper Trailhead.

There is no garbage collection on the route, which means what you pack in, you must pack out.

And remember to always be bear aware when hiking anywhere in the Yukon Territory.

Waterfront Trail

The waterfront trail runs continuously from the north end of Dawson, along the Yukon River dyke to the confluence of the Klondike River. This trail offers numerous rest areas and interpretive kiosks, including signage about the living history of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in people and various Parks Canada National Historic Sites, such as the S.S. Keno.

This trail is fit for all levels and is close to our Front Street shops and restaurants. As well, the green space surrounding the trail (Waterfront Park) is a hub of activity all year-long…so don’t be surprised if your walk includes watching a concert, meeting some locals, or participating in one of our unique Dawson events.

Orchid Trail

This two-kilometer loop is located on the road to Sunnydale (off of the Top of the World Highway) and has views of both the Yukon and Klondike Rivers.  It is a popular choice for locals and visitors looking for a moderately easy walk near town.  In addition to offering stunning river views and forest landscapes, hikers also have the opportunity to see the Spotted Orchid (Cypripedium guttatum) which grows in abundance on these slopes at certain times of the year.

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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Tombstone Territorial Park

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The enchanting Tombstone Territorial Park is 2,200 squared kilometers of pristine wilderness.  With picturesque rugged peaks, permafrost landforms, and a wide array of unique flora and fauna.  The park is a legacy of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in land claim agreement and lies within their traditional territory.  Come for a day hike or a multi-day backcountry adventure!

The friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Tombstone Interpretive Centre will provide you with everything you need from trail maps to camping permits. Drop in for a cup of ‘Mountain Wild’ tea by the fire, visit the library, take part in an interpretive program or special event and enjoy the informative displays.

Driving Here

From downtown Dawson, take the North Klondike Highway for approximately 40 minutes.  Turn left onto the unpaved Dempster Highway and continue your drive for another hour, until you reach the Tombstone Interpretive Centre (located on the left).

Staying Safe

Tombstone Territorial Park is a remote park with few established trails. Even for day hikes, prepare for rough terrain, drastic weather changes, and animal encounters.  We strongly advise you to check-in with the Tombstone Interpretive Centre before venturing out into the park.

Events and Programs

Tombstone hosts daily programming and special events throughout the summer. Check out their up to date schedule here: http://www.env.gov.yk.ca/camping-parks/Tombstone-Events.php

 

Dawson City Golf Course

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This northernmost golf course with greens is Dawson locals’ best kept secret.  Hidden within the picturesque Sunnydale slopes, the Dawson City Golf Course offers the perfect escape from the ‘bustle’ of downtown.  Play a round, hit a few balls at the driving range, or simply enjoy the incredible wildlife viewing opportunities from our clubhouse patio.

Amenities:

  • Driving Range
  • Golf Cart Rental
  • Golf Club Rental
  • Licensed Facilities

Driving Here:

Get on the George Black Ferry, cross the Yukon River and get onto the Top of the World Highway.  Continue following this road for approximately 10 minutes until you see a clearly marked sign directing you to the golf course. Drive another 5 minutes to arrive at your destination.

Midnight Dome

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No trip to Dawson is complete without capturing a photograph of yourself atop the Midnight Dome. Drive or hike to this incredible vantage point and take in a panoramic view of the region.  Marvel in the beauty of the Yukon River and Klondike Valleys, and spy on the Ogilvie Mountain Range in the distance.

Driving Here:

Just outside of town, turn onto the Dome Road.  Follow the winding road for approximately 10-15 minutes, which will bring you right to the top.  Access to the viewpoint may be restricted due to weather and conditions.

Hiking Here:

Find the (unmarked) trailhead off of the Ninth Avenue Trail and King Street.  There are several ways to climb the mountain, ranging from moderate to difficult, so plan your trip accordingly.  Decide your access point using this map or by speaking to one of the friendly staff at the Visitor Information Centre.

The total elevation gain is approximately 1700 feet and the round-trip distance is somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 miles, depending on your starting point.

Fishwheel Charter Services

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On our two-hour trip down the Yukon River, you’ll learn about the region and the traditional lifestyle of the Hän people.

Float passed the picturesque Moosehide Village while enjoying the rays of the midnight sun.  But keep your camera ready because you’ll never know when moose, bear, or eagles might make an appearance!

Your first stop will be at the historic Fort Reliance, where you will have the opportunity to see a traditional cabin and discover the beauty of the area.  Further down river, keep an eye out for ‘fishwheels’ as our guide teaches you about the living history of the salmon harvest.

Next you’ll visit Dog Island, where you will have a chance to stretch your legs and appreciate the surrounding wilderness.  Savour tea made from local ingredients and be treated to some delicious homemade bannock; all while exploring a genuine family fish camp.

Owned and operated by two of Dawson’s most beloved colourful characters, this is a trip not to missed!

Visiting in fall or winter?  Fishwheel Charter Services also offers guided quad and snowmobile tours!