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Dawson City

A July 2005 trip to Dawson City by Makai

Dawson City Photo, Dawson City, Yukon More Photos
Quote: The Gold Rush days came and went, leaving Dawson City in the wake. This dusty town of 2,000 residents gets more than its fair share of visitors during summer. If it weren't for all the tourists, one might actually feel like they were in another era.

Dawson City

Overview

Dawson City Photo, Dawson City, Yukon
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The town itself is interesting to walk around, and for late-night entertainment by the light of the midnight sun, Diamond Tooth Gertie's is the place to go.

Quick Tips:

You never know what kind of weather you'll get: one day it was in the 60's and the following day brought 85°F heat.

Best Way To Get Around:

Go by foot. Walk around along the shops or wherever else your feet take you.

Gaslight Follies

Attraction

Gaslight Follies Photo, Dawson City, Yukon
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It's sort of a comedy musical about the Gold Rush Days (of course). It's kind of cute because they give you joke newspapers to read before the show, which ties into the act. The theater is cozy, if not small, and it's intimate enough that the audience is called on to participate. The show itself was pretty good, and besides, it's not as if there's much else to choose from.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 10, 2005

Gaslight Follies
201 Wood Street Whitehorse
Dawson City, Yukon YT Y0B 1G0
(867) 993-6217

Diamond Tooth Gertie

Attraction | "Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall"

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Diamond Tooth Gerties does a good job upholding the atmosphere of the good ol' days-- there's a piano player, can-can girls, the old-fashioned jargon, the aged architecture (built in 1910).

What threw me off was the choice of music during the show. Okay, a few of the songs might have been carried on from the Gold Rush days, but I have a suspicion James Bond theme music does not fall into that category.

Still, it seemed to be THE place to be (at least if you're a tourist with a hankering for a taste of Gold Rush saloon life).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 10, 2005

Diamond Tooth Gertie
in the centre
Dawson City, Yukon

Sourdough Saloon

Attraction

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The Sourdough Saloon is located on the first floor of the Downtown Hotel. Walk though the swinging wooden doors (maybe a few times for the novelty of it) and play a game of pool or sit at the bar.

The saloon is best known for a little delicacy called the Sourtoe Cocktail. You have a choice of picking from five genuine human toes, and the idea is to down the drink sans the human membrane. Every now and then, someone gulps down the toe and ends up having their stomach pumped, but you get a nifty certificate regardless.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 10, 2005

Sourdough Saloon
P.O. Box 780
Dawson City, Yukon Y0B 1G0

GuggieVille Rv Park and Gold Panning Photo, Dawson City, Yukon
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Guggieville RV Park and Goldpanning--I think the name sums it up quite nicely. In the middle of this trailer park, you sift rocks over a tub of water with a hose attached. At other locations around Dawson City, you can go goldpanning for free in the very creeks the old Sourdoughs did. To be fair, though, those locations have been picked through for so long that there's nothing left to find, while at Guggieville, you're nearly garanteed to discover (and keep) gold. And although you won't find giant nuggets or strike it rich, it's nice to take home a few gold flakes as a souvenir.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 10, 2005

GuggieVille Rv Park and Gold Panning
P.O. Box 311
Dawson City, Yukon
866/860-6535

George Black Ferry

Attraction

George Black Ferry Photo, Dawson City, Yukon
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This ferry is part of the Top of the World Highway system. Running 24-7 from May to October, it connects the two section of road divided by the river. It takes a special kind of personality to have an operating job on board--I can't imagine driving a boat all day or night and never getting farther than a few dozen meters away from the starting point. In winter, when the river freezes over, cars cross by driving over the ice.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 10, 2005

George Black Ferry
Front St. and Albert St.
Dawson City, Yukon

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Makai

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Savannah, United States

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