Gerties, Dawson City, Yukon

20 Photos to Lure you to Yukon

Diamond Tooth Gerties, Dawson City, Yukon

Mention Yukon, and something that immediately springs to mind for most people is the Klondike Gold Rush. Reminders are everywhere, especially in Dawson City. Diamond Tooth Gerties is an historic gambling hall with nightly Can-Can shows reminiscent of the late 1890s.


Yukon’s slogan, “Larger Than Life”, says it all. This is a land of magnificent landscapes, a compelling history, and a photographer’s dream. We just got back from a short trip concentrating on two of the territory’s most prominent destinations – wildly impressive Kluane National Park and historic Dawson City – along with stops in Whitehorse and a few other spots in between. We’ll be getting into more detail on some of the places in future posts, but in the meantime here are 20 of our favourite images from the trip. It certainly whet our appetite for seeing even more of this special part of Canada.
 
Dawson City, Yukon

The Westminster Hotel is the oldest hotel in Dawson City, established in 1898 in the midst of the gold rush. Today it is a popular watering hole, with a tavern called The Pit.

Dawson City, Yukon

Wildly colourful buildings are everywhere in Dawson City.

Dawson City, Yukon

Parks Canada runs a great “Then and Now” walking tour around Dawson City, where park interpreters play the role of gold rush era personalities.

Robert Service cabin, Dawson City, Yukon

Known as the “Bard of the Yukon”, poet Robert Service immortalized the lore of historic Yukon with favourites such as “The Cremation of Sam McGee”. In Dawson City, we can visit the cabin where he lived and worked.

Klondike Spirit paddlewheeler, Dawson City, Yukon

The Klondike Spirit paddlewheeler takes visitors on a trip along the Yukon River past Dawson City.

Fireweed, Yukon

Fireweed (the official floral emblem of Yukon) along the mountains of Kluane National Park

Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church in Haines Junction,

Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church in Haines Junction. The tiny church was built in 1954 from a simple metal quonset, fitted with a more elaborate front. It is considered the most photographed church in Yukon.

King's Throne Hike, Kluane National Park, Yukon.

King’s Throne Hike, Kluane National Park, Yukon.

Kluane National Park, Kathleen River, Yukon

The mountains of Kluane National Park overlooking the Kathleen River, Yukon.

Fly-fishing, Yukon

Fly-fishing in the Kathleen River, near Kluane National Park, Yukon.

Dalton Trail Lodge, Yukon

Room with a view. Looking over Dezadeash Lake from our cabin at Dalton Trail Lodge

The Alaska Highway approaching Kluane National Park, Yukon

The Alaska Highway approaching Kluane National Park.

Cabin Mount Logan Lodge, Yukon

Gold Rush era cabin at Mount Logan Lodge, near Kluane National Park

Kaskawulsh Glacier, Kluane National Park, Yukon

The massive Kaskawulsh Glacier as seen from our flightseeing tour with Icefield Discovery – one of the most amazing sights anywhere.

Glaciers, Kluane National Park, Yukon

Smaller glaciers joining the Stairway Glacier, which is part of the larger Kaskawulsh Glacier complex.

Kaskawulsh Glacier, Yukon

Mountains and glaciers adjacent to the Kaskawulsh Glacier, Kluane National Park, Yukon.

The Alaska Highway near Kluane National Park.

Alaska Highway along Kluane National Park

Whitehorse, Yukon

Hiking trails along Miles Canyon, where the Yukon River narrows just outside Whitehorse.

Whitehorse, Yukon

The restored SS Klondike, now a National Historic Site in Whitehorse. It was the largest sternwheeler that once travelled the Yukon River between Whitehorse and Dawson City.

For more information, contact Travel Yukon, Parks Canada.

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