June 14, 2009 - Dawson City, YK

We continued on to Dawson City along the Klondike Highway. We saw a moose running beside the road but just as we got the camera ready he headed straight into the trees, so… no moose picture today. We arrived in Dawson City around 10:30 am and set up camp at the Gold Rush RV Park.

We took a walking tour with a guide dressed in period clothing. He told stories and took us into buildings that are only accessible through the tour – the post office, a bank, and the Red Feather Bar. He explained about permafrost and how buildings that are built directly on the ground sank. It took the early settlers a while to figure out that you needed to construct buildings on elevated foundations. Here is a picture of two buildings built directly on the ground.

We walked to the Yukon River and looked at the SS Keno sternwheeler (smaller than the SS Klondike in Whitehorse) and the Klondike Spirit paddlewheeler – a tour boat.

SS Keno

Klondike Spirit


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