Summer in Dawson City

Northern Summer is Short, but Full of Activities

If you are planning to spend some of your summer vacation in the Heart of the Klondike, there are many festivals and events to participate in.

The Yukon has much to offer year round, but in particular, June, July and August are packed with activities and attractions. In Dawson City, the calender of events has something to offer for everyone:

June 8 – 10

Weekend on the Wing Birding Festival (867) 667-8299

This festival takes place in Tombstone Park on the Dempster Highway — without a doubt one of the most stunningly beautiful places in the world. What better way to experience this vast wilderness than with a knowledgeable guide.

June 21

Aboriginal Day Celebrations (867) 993-5385

Dawson City lies on the Traditional Territory of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation. Learn the true history of this region through the eyes of those who have lived here for generations.

June 29 – July 2

Klondike Motorcycle Run (867) 993-5699

Most of the hotels and restaurants in Dawson City sport signs declaring they are “motorcycle friendly,” so if rallying is your thing, tune up your bike and head north.

July 1

Yukon Gold Panning Championships (867) 993-5575

Celebrate Canada Day by pitting your panning skills against the pros!

July 20 – 22

Dawson City Music Festival (867) 993-5584

There are strange things done in the midnight sun… Three day music festival in the city of light. This is one of the highlights of the north.

August 16

Author’s on Eighth (867) 993-5575

Dawson City has been home to Pierre Berton, Jack London and Robert Service — mysteriously all three have lived on 8th Avenue. Visit their homes, enter a writing contest and more.

August 17 – 20

Discovery Days Festival (867) 993-2353

Just what it says! Celebrate and discover Dawson City through games and events.

August 17 – 20

17th Annual Yukon Riverside Arts Festival (867) 993-5005

Arts are huge in Dawson City. In the winter there is an annual film festival and in the summertime northern artists are featured for all to see.

August 20 – 26

World Gold Panning Championships (867) 993-5575

For those travelers who will find themselves in Dawson City in September, there is always the Great Klondike International Outhouse Race, open to everyone, even those who don’t pack their own outdoor loo. Outhouses can be rented and all that’s left to you is the decorations. That happens September 2nd.

If you have questions or inquiries about any of these events, visit the Klondike Visitor’s Association in Dawson City. It is located on Front Street near King Street and is open from May until mid-October. Once there ask to view a movie on the gold rush days or the paddle boats that ran the Yukon River, or the characters that settled this area. The movies are free and offer a fascinating glimpse into the wild and rich history of Dawson City.

And don’t forget if you are crossing the border between the US and Canada by air, you must have a valid passport. If you are traveling by car, you must have a valid passport or two pieces of identification. If you have questions about documentation, call 1-800-461-9999.

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