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What to Do in Dawson, Canada

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Historic Dawson was once capital of Canada's Yukon territory, was the epicenter of the Klondike gold rush, and features heavily in Jack London's novels—the author lived in the area for a while 1897–1898. Today it's the perfect jumping off point to explore Yukon's pristine wilderness, to learn about First Nations and settler history, and to drink a cocktail spiked with... a human toe!
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Dawson, YT Y0B 1G0, Canada
Part of a proposed Klondike UNESCO site, these Parks Canada attractions include colorful frontier buildings and the Bonanza Creek Discovery Claim that sparked the gold stampede of 1898. Nearby looms North America’s largest wooden-hull bucket-line...
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This impressive cultural center—aka “Long Ago House”—honors the First Nations heritage of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in people. Contemporary in design, the building evokes the traditional winter shelters and drying racks of the area. Exhibits explore life...
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600 Firth Street, Box 389, Dawson, YT Y0B 1G0, Canada
Born in the Oakland slums, Jack London ran away to sea on a sealing ship and eventually washed up in the Klondike as a prospector. These years inspired some of the American author’s best-loved works, including White Fang and The Call of the Wild....
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Dawson, YT, Canada
When it comes to culinary bragging rights, fried ants and grasshoppers tacos are nothing compared to a cocktail with a dehydrated human toe. To get your official certificate as a member of the Sourtoe Cocktail Club, you’ll have to head to Dawson...
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Fifth Ave, Dawson, YT Y0B 1G0, Canada
Rugged peaks and abundant wildlife grace this 2,200-square-kilometer (849-square-mile) wilderness pierced by the Dempster Highway. At the south end, follow river valleys among alpine tundra and dramatic rock formations. To the north, glimpse a...
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950 Second Ave, Dawson, YT Y0B, Canada
Formerly Drunken Goat Taverna
Summer flowers froth on the facade of this charming Greek cantina. Expect a warm welcome inside, along with massive sharing-size portions of dishes like tzatziki, beef gyros and the legendary lamb souvlaki. Got a sweet...
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1026 Second Ave, Dawson, YT Y0B 1G0, Canada
One of Canada’s more curious traditions—the Sourtoe Cocktail—calls this watering hole home. Visitors can belt down a shot containing a dehydrated human toe (mostly donated by victims of frostbite and lawn-mower accidents). More than 100,000 people...
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1001 Fourth Avenue, Dawson, YT Y0B 1G0, Canada
Named for Dawson City’s most famous gold-rush dance-hall queen, Canada’s first casino has been laying on a warm welcome and period charm since 1971. The building itself has been a social hub since 1901, when the Arctic Brotherhood constructed it...
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1131 Third Ave. Corner of 3rd Ave. & York St., Dawson, YT Y0B 1G0, Canada
Designer Leslie Chapman hand-fabricates jewelry, incorporating high-purity gold ethically sourced from her family’s mine on the Yukon’s historic Fortymile River. Some pieces feature 24-karat pure gold, locally found mammoth ivory and diamonds from...
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907 3 Avenue, Dawson, YT Y0B 1G0, Canada
This eclectic shop stocks paintings, jewelry and other Yukon Territory–made products, including clothing. The owner’s love for the region shines on every rack and shelf. (Some 36 years ago, Romy Jansen asked for an adventure instead of an...