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Dawson Guide

A city made famous by the gold rush of the late 1800s, Dawson City used to be one of Canada's greatest destinations. The city still resonates with gold fever, although these days it's solely a tourist attraction. Throughout Dawson City, you can't miss the many relics of its glorious past.

Redolent of the Wild West is the Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall, which is Canada's oldest casino. Here you can play the tables, or alternatively sit back and watch Gertie and her Can-Can dancers perform. The Jack London Cabin & Interpretive Centre and Dawson City Museum are other sights that shouldn't be missed.

For a fun and educational gold mining tour, head south of town to Bonanza Creek Discovery Claim. Here you can actually pan for gold, or take a mining tour. The chances of hitting gold are pretty limited, but it's well worth the trip for the experience.

Just over an hour, north of Dawson City on the Dempster highway, is Tombstone Territorial Park. The park is a geographical wonder, affording fantastic views of the rugged landscape. The weather can be capricious and the terrain unkind, so make sure that you are well prepared if you plan to hike around the area.

Greyhound Canada offers scheduled bus service to Whitehorse six days a week from Edmonton and Vancouver. From there, take the Dawson City Courier, which operates several times a week. To reach Dawson City by air you must get a connecting flight from Whitehorse in Yukon Territories or Fairbanks in Alaska. Most flights into Whitehorse are domestic, arriving from Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Yellowknife, but there are also several flights a week from Anchorage in Alaska.

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