As well as being a living community, Dawson City is a National Historic Site, protected for the benefit, education, and enjoyment of this and future generations by Parks Canada Agency.
Among the 17 historically significant buildings in Dawson City preserved by Parks Canada are the iconic Palace Grand theatre, the stately Commissioner’s Residence, and the former cabin of the “Bard of the Yukon”, Robert Service. Examples of boom-town style construction, false-fronts, modest cabins and Victorian-era opulence contribute to the picturesque Dawson streetscape and help tell the story of the Klondike Gold Rush and the history of the region.
Parks Canada also maintains the historic Dredge No.4 as a symbol of industrial mining, and The S.S. Keno, a historic sternwheeler that once traversed the Yukon waterways.
Today, visitors can experience these and other important examples of Yukon history by exploring town with one of Parks Canada’s interpretive guides.
Learn from a costumed interpreter how the glimmer of gold in Bonanza Creek inspired thousands of fortune-seekers to make the rigorous trek to Dawson City and why the Klondike gold rush was an experience that altered the collective imagination of many.