5 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice
National Indigenous Peoples Day
For centuries, many Indigenous groups across the continent have held celebrations and ceremonies around the longest day of the year. In 1996, after years of calls from various Indigenous organizations to create a day celebrating First Nation, Inuit and Metis cultures, the Canadian government formally named June 21st as National Indigenous Peoples Day.
Here in Dawson City, you’re invited to celebrate with the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in at the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre. Listen to the Han Singers sharing traditional songs, plus live fiddle music and a barbeque!
Take a River Trip
Spending some time paddling down the Klondike or Yukon Rivers is another favourite way to celebrate the long days. You can rent a canoe from Klondike Adventure River Tours or relax as they guide you in a raft. Pack a cooler and stop on one of the sandy islands for a picnic lunch. And don’t forget your camera! You’ll have a chance to see eagles, beavers, and muskrats. Bask in the midnight sun as you float down our pristine waters!
Hike the Midnight Dome
Visit the Arctic Circle
If you really want to experience the intensity of the longest day of the year, plan for a drive up the Dempster Highway to the Arctic Circle. This far north, you can witness the sun circle low on the horizon without ever setting. It’s a sight you’ll never forget! Pitch a tent, camp in your RV, or stay at the nearby Eagle Plains Motel.