John and Glenda's Trip to Canada and Alaska travel blog

Our accommodation

Dawson City

Paddle steamer cruise on the Yukon


Happy hour

We flew from Fairbanks to Dawson City on a chartered Boeing 737. There are 35 of us on the tour so had plenty of room on the plane. The airstrip was very short and because of the permafrost in the Yukon the airstrip was only gravel making for an interesting landing.

Dawson city became the centre of the Klondike gold rush in the late 1800's and hasn't changed much from those days. A lot of the buildings from those days are still standing and quite a few have sunk slightly into the permafrost. The roads are unsealed and the sidewalks are timber boardwalks. We did another paddle steamer cruise, this time on the Yukon River and followed it up with guided walking tour of the town. In the evening we enjoyed a drink with the locals in a hotel right out of the old wild west. Then went to a late night cabaret at Diamond Tooth Gerties. It feels like we have stepped back in time to the 1800's.

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