Spend Your Summer in Dawson City

If you’re looking for an incredible summer experience, there’s no better place than Dawson City. Dawson City is a small northern town on the banks of the Yukon River located in the traditional territory of the Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin. Each year people from across Canada and beyond migrate to Dawson to spend their summer working and playing under the midnight sun, and every year those people have the best summer of their lives! 

So, what is there to do in Dawson City?

There is so much to do in Dawson City that it’s hard to know where to start. People find themselves hiking the trails around town, the local goldfields, and through the Tombstone Mountains. You can spend your days mountain biking our extensive network of trails, rafting down the Klondike River, or canoeing on the Yukon River. You can join the friendly softball leagues, drop in on a cricket game, or play any number of recreational sports offered throughout the summer. Take the George Black Ferry to West Dawson and try out the golf course or hike along the Yukon River to the Paddle Wheel Graveyard. Explore the diverse community of artists who reside in Dawson by visiting the ODD Gallery or drop in for a number of classes at KIAC to learn a new skill like pottery or silk screening. Explore the rich history of the Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin at the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre . There are also dance programs, yoga classes, and a recreation centre with a gym to stay fit and healthy. 

Dawson City has an active and exciting night life to thrive in. Spend your free nights at live concerts, joining in the open mic nights, competing in trivia, or watching a can-can performance. If you just want to relax and have a beer or cocktail, you can hang out in one of our many iconic bars or at the world-famous non-profit casino, Diamond Tooth Gerties. With summer skies filled with the midnight sun, there is plenty of time to explore every opportunity Dawson has to offer!

Have some time off work? Why not jump in the car and drive the hour and a half to Alaska over the Top of the World highway. You can also drive to the Arctic Circle along Dempster highway. If you don’t want to stop there you can drive all the way to the Arctic Ocean! You’ll also get to experience all of Dawson City’s summer events: the Dawson City Music Festival, Yukon Riverside Arts Festival, Moosehide Gathering, Yukon Gold Panning Competition, Great Klondike International Outhouse Race (yep.), and many more. 

Ok, we’re going to stop – as we said, there is so much to do and this just scratches the surface!

Lets talk money

If you’re looking to spend your summer having fun, then you’ll likely be looking to make some money while doing it. Dawson City has an influx of tourists every summer, which means we always have a lot of work available. Whether you want a job bartending, serving, dealing cards at a non-profit casino, working for a festival or event, guiding tours, or even gold mining, there is a job here for you. To be honest, there will be two or three jobs here for you if you want ’em!

Where to live

Ok, this part can be a bit tricky. Housing can be scarce in Dawson, so it’s not usually as easy as showing up and finding an available apartment. Having said that, there are some pretty great alternative options; some of the businesses throughout town offer staff housing for employees, which is a great way to secure a place to live. Some people arrive with a trailer or a van-turned-bedroom and live the vanlife. Many people over the years have come with a tent and spent their summer living at a campground – if you’re looking to save money and love camping, we suggest this option!

So, what are you waiting for?

Spending your summer in Dawson City is an incredible experience. Come with a friend or two, or come alone and be prepared to meet many new friends when you get here, either way you’re sure to have an amazing time. Many people came up for a summer, and after falling in love with the community they decided to stay – it’s a story you’ll hear over and over as you meet folks that live here.

Don’t wait for someday, start your planning now! You won’t regret it.

How can I find a job?

The best place to find job listings is www.KlondikeOutreach.com – they have all the available jobs posted, just email them for the job descriptions you’re interested in, and start applying!

Who offers staff accommodations?

There are a number of businesses that offer staff accommodations – you should reach out to the folks at www.KlondikeOutreach.com and they should be able to give you a list.

When should I come?

The most common time to come is early to mid may – the first busy weekend of the summer is Victoria Day Weekend – so about a week before that is a great time to shoot for. If you can’t make it by then, don’t sweat it – you’ll still be able to find work, and you’ll still have a great summer.

How do I get there?

There are a few ways to get to Dawson – road and air are by far the most popular, of course. We recommend heading to our Getting Here page for information on how to get to Dawson City.

Who can I talk to for more information?

If you need more information you can check out www.DawsonCity.ca or www.CityOfDawson.ca – if you’d like to talk to someone you can call or email Klondike Outreach at 1-867-993-5176 or info@klondikeoutreach.com