Behind the Scenes

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The Klondike National Historic Sites are stewards to hundreds of thousands of gold rush artifacts! How would you like to get your hands on a few of them? In this tour, we take you into the back rooms, the storage areas and the places we store and care for this collection. Find out how Parks Canada takes care of Canadian’s heritage and learn the very special stories that some of these pieces share with us.


Parks Canada – Dawson City ESCAPE!

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There’s a saying that the Mounties always get their man! Is it true? See if you can solve a murder that the North West Mounted Police investigated more than one hundred years ago.

What is an Escape Room?

It is a game that you play with a few friends. We lock you and your friends into a room – actually into the office of a North West Mounted Police Officer. You and your friends follow the clues, solve the puzzles and “escape” from the room!  We will give you an hour. An hour to figure out the clues, solve the puzzles and ESCAPE. Think you can do it, can you help the NWMP catch the killer? If you do, you will earn the Official North West Mounted Police Certificate of Genius!

For more information visit Parks Canada’s website here.

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 / 867-993-5330 /

Dawson City Fire Fighter Museum

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Spend some time in one of Dawson’s hidden historical gems!

Having served the Dawson community since the Gold Rush, the Dawson City Fire Department has used and acquired many different pieces of equipment and vehicles over the years.  The Dawson City Fire Fighter Museum contains an extensive collection of vintage fire engines, apparatus, photographs and other intriguing artifacts.

Come and listen to amazing stories and hear about the incredible people who have–and continue to–protect the Dawson community.

Whether you are a firefighter, want to be one, or just like big red trucks with flashing lights and sirens, we have something for you!


Klondike Spirit

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Cruise the Yukon River in style on the Klondike Spirit. Our paddlewheeler runs the Yukon River daily from May-September offering river tours for all visitors to Dawson City. Come aboard and let us tell you what makes Dawson City and the Yukon River so special.


Goldbottom Mine Tours

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What’s it like to be a miner?  What treasures are left in the Klondike Gold Fields?  Are the Dawson City streets really filled with gold?  Get the answers to these questions and more when you visit our active—family owned—gold mine!

This 3-hour tour includes transportation to the Millar mine, which is located at the former town site of Gold Bottom.  During the Gold Rush, this thriving, sociable community boasted a population of approximately 5000 people.  Learn about this once vibrant community, while you view some of the artifacts that these stampeders left behind.

The tour also includes fun and interactive explanations and demonstrations of both historic and modern placer -mining methods and techniques.  From staking a claim to selling your gold, the experts at Goldbottom will share the inside secrets of this fascinating industry.

Now that you’ve learned the tricks of the trade, it’s your turn to try some panning!  The tour concludes with some time swirling and sifting through Hunker Creek.  If you find some gold, it’s yours to keep!

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!

Klondike National Historic Sites 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.

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:


Hike Through History with the Klondike National Historic Sites

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The history of this region is far older than the Klondike gold rush! In fact people’s relationship with the land has changed drastically before, during and after the heyday of the gold rush. This delightful guided hike takes you up the hill behind the town, and provides a fun historical perspective of the changes in the land and the people’s relationship to it. Enjoy a hike, and be rewarded with the spectacular viewpoint at the end!