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Dawson City

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Another long drive (~500km) and on the way there we hit lots of potholes (as much as I swerved to miss them, it was sometimes impossible). There was also quite a bit of construction so it took us seven hours to get there. Along the way, we stopped at Five Finger Rapids (a 1km hike) and a few other point of interest spots.
When we got there, google maps gave me the wrong directions to the RV Site and I almost had to back up (eeek!) but we finally found it and it only took me three tries to park it (not bad…) - I guess Cal is a good teacher.

The next day, we went to the Visitor Centre and decided to book a walking tour for later that afternoon. In the meantime, we went to the #4 dredge. It is eight stories tall and the largest wooden hulled dredge in North America. It was ‘employed’ between 1912 and 1960. I can’t imagine how they were able to ship it to Dawson City in 1912 (it came from Ohio)…Anyways, our guide was really good and we had an amazing time.
After that Rorie went gold panning she found two pieces of gold that were so tiny the camera can’t even see it (but check it out, zoom in)
after that we came back to the visitor center to have a tour of the town. The guide was really great and told us all kinds of interesting stories of Dawson City’s early days and some of its citizens! We tromped around the town and saw a number of buildings built between 1899 and 1902, including a saloon (restored), the post office (in original condition) and the morgue.
IMG_6166.jpgIMG_6168.jpgThat night Rorie and I had burgers and went to bed.

We got up early the next day and took the ferry
IMG_6245.jpgto the Top of the World Highway and drove to Forty Mile, which is the first gold rush town in the area (before Dawson). It isn’t quite open for tourists but there were a number of old buildings and signage talking about them. IMG_6180.jpg It wasn’t a great day (raining) but we still saw some amazing sights driving to/from Forty Mile. IMG_6198.jpg
When we got back we visited the Danoja Zho Cultural Centre where they had an exhibition showing traditional dress (made from deer hide).IMG_6257.jpg

The following day, we drove to Tombstone Park, which is on the Dempster Highway (very rough road). We visited the Interpretive Centre and then did Goldensides Hike.IMG_6292.jpgIMG_6288.jpgIMG_6284.jpgIMG_6273.jpg

Each afternoon/night, we walked through the town to see some of the historic buildings, including the kissing buildings (built before permafrost was understood)
and Robert Service’s cabin, and went into some of the shops.

We drove back to Whitehorse the following day and will hang out here for the week, go camping on the weekend and then head back to Vancouver next week.

Posted by Wohlford 17:13 Archived in Canada Tagged city dawson

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