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A Great 3 Day Dawson City Itinerary (With 1 Day in Tombstone Territorial Park)

There is no trip to Yukon Territory without visiting Dawson City. Dawson City, home to The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nations community, is a town rich in history and the home of the Klondike Gold Rush.

They have preserved and restored their buildings to their original form, adding splashes of colour. The best way I can explain the vibe is; “the wild, wild west”.

They see most of their tourist traffic in the summer/fall months (late May-late September), with most stores/restaurants temporarily closing down for the winter months. Another benefit to Dawson City, is it’s proximity to the most beautiful park, Tombstone Territorial Park.

Before you read on for a detailed Dawson City Itinerary, make sure to check out my Yukon Travel Guide.

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Old buildings in Dawson City, Yukon Territory
Dawson City

How many days to spend in Dawson City, Yukon Territory

Recommended length of stay if only spending time in Dawson City: 1-2 days

Recommended length of stay if adding on Tombstone Territorial Park: 3-4+ days

Our stay: 2 days

Getting to Dawson City

Driving to Dawson City

Driving from downtown Whitehorse for 533 kilometres (~6 hours)

Plane to Dawson City

  • Air North (Yukon’s Airline) from Whitehorse for $160.00-200.00 CAD (1 hour 10mins)
  • Air North (Yukon’s Airline) from other cities that this airline flies from (Vancouver, Edmonton, etc.)

Bus to Dawson City

You can take a bus from Whitehorse to Dawson City. It is slightly longer than a car ride due to a few stops. The bus service runs from May – late September, ~2-3 times per week.

Click here for bus information.

If taking a car or bus, plan to lose a large chunk of your day to driving, if you’re like me, you will probably need to pee ten times anyway, making the trip longer. I do recommend renting a car and driving so you have flexibility.

Accommodation in Dawson City

Keep in mind, many hotels in Yukon Territory are not 4 or 5 stars, I knew this going in and just prioritized cleanliness.

Where we stayed: Bunkhouse Hotel

The Bunkhouse Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon Territory
Bunkhouse Hotel

Average cost: $90.00- $200.00CAD per night

What we paid: $159.00CAD per night (split between 3)

Room type: Queen and twin bed, fitting three of us comfortably with a private bathroom, it was very clean and well kept

Note: Some rooms at this hotel have shared bathrooms, when booking look out for this, I have been told by people who’ve used them that they are kept clean (this is not from personal experience).

Other hotels in Dawson City

Triple J Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon Territory
Triple J Hotel

Dawson City Restaurants

We were there mid September and some restaurants were already closed for the season.

  • Triple J: ($$) This restaurant has typical pub food – salad or fries on side (get both for an extra dollar- this piece of info is important if you want both haha)
  • The Drunken Goat Taverna: ($$-$$$) A Greek restaurant in Dawson City it has pretty decent Greek food and large portion sizes!
  • Red Mammoth Bistro: ($) This was the only breakfast place open mid September, they serve pastries, breakfast sandwiches and coffees.

Dawson City Entertainment & Bars

Diamond Tooth Gerties

Diamond Tooth Gerties, Dawson City, Yukon Territory
Diamond Tooth Gerties
Can Can Show at Diamond Tooth Gerties, Dawson City, Yukon Territory
Diamond Tooth Gerties

Now, this is the place to be in Dawson City!!

Entry: $20.00 CAD, this gets you a season pass (entry for the rest of the summer season)

Entertainment: They have three shows, back to back (Cancan at 8:30pm, a cabaret show at 10:00pm and a sing-a-long show at midnight).

Hours: 7:00 PM – 1:00 AM, 7 days a week in summer (May 10 – Sept 21), Fridays & Saturdays in winter (January – April) & fall (end of September – October). See hours here.

Casino: Bring some $$$ and play some casino games; black Jack, slots, poker, roulette

Must be 19+ years of age to enter, play responsibly. Venue is cash only.

Westminster Hotel, Dawson City, Yukon Territory
Westminster Hotel

Bombay Peggy’s: ($$) This bar has fabulous martinis, it has a cozy/fun vibe! It is also a 3-star hotel if you are interested in checking that out.

The Pit: ($$) The Pit is the nickname of the bar located in the Westminster Hotel. Great place to enjoy a drink if you’re looking to continue partying on after Gerties (it stays open late).

Sourdough Saloon: ($$) This bar is located in the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City. They offer a cocktail with a frostbitten HUMAN toe inside, and if you eat the toe (like some have in the past, resulting in them having to get a new toe), you have to pay a fine, that is somewhere in the thousands of dollars.

Dawson City Itinerary & Tombstone Territorial Park

DAY 1: Travel Day & Dawson City

Morning

Leave Whitehorse: as early as possible, you have a long drive ahead (or take a plane and get there faster). There will be stops along the way to fill up for gas/snacks.

Afternoon

Midnight Dome Viewpoint

Midnight Dome Viewpoint, Dawson City, Yukon Territory
Midnight Dome Viewpoint

You will be driving on the Klondike highway for a majority of your 533 kilometre trip. When you are almost at Dawson city, you will see Dome Rd. on the right, turn down and take Dome Rd. all the way up to the Midnight Dome viewpoint.

This is a great place to stretch your legs, take some photos and enjoy the beautiful views of Dawson City and surrounding area.

Explore Dawson City

  • Get situated in your hotel/Airbnb
  • Walk around, take in the beautiful buildings, enjoy the feeling Dawson City gives you, it is very special

Dinner in Dawson City

Hungry? Thirsty?

  • Get a bite to eat at Triple J Hotel
  • After dinner, head over to Bombay Peggy’s and try one of their delicious martinis
  • If you are feeling extra adventurous head to the Sourdough saloon and try their toe cocktail

Get an early night sleep, you are going hiking early the next day in Tombstone Territorial Park

DAY 2: Full day at Tombstone Territorial Park

*If I were to redo this trip, I would allot many more days to this park. It is magnificent.*

Morning

Breakfast: Have a good breakfast, pack some snacks, lunch and water for your hike and head out!

Getting to Tombstone Territorial Park from Dawson City

  • Dawson City to the Dempster highway is 40 km down the Klondike highway.
  • Once on the Dempster highway – Tombstone Territorial Park is from 50 km – 120 km with many trailheads between these kilometres.

Hiking in Tombstone Territorial Park

You can complete both of these hikes during the day or pick one longer hike.

See my day hiking packing list here.

BEAR SPRAY IS A MUST!!

1. Grizzly Ridge
My friend and I on the Grizzly Ridge Hike, Tombstone Territorial Park
Hiking with my sweet friend, Mars

Trailhead: 60km down the Dempster highway

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: 5km (2-3 hours)

Can continue on to grizzly lake (which is 11km total, we did not go further)

Grizzly Ridge Hike, Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon Territory
2. Goldensides Trail
Goldensides Trail, Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon Territory
Goldensides Trail

Trailhead: 74km down the Dempster highway

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 4km (1.5 hours)

For more hikes in Tombstone Territorial Park click here.

Afternoon

Head back to Dawson City

Exhausted and all hiked out, head on back to Dawson City. Hopefully you are lucky enough to see some wildlife on the side of the road. We saw a baby black bear with no mama bear in sight (scary, thankfully we were in the car).

Little black bear found on Dempster Highway
Baby black bear on the Dempster Highway (we were in our car)

Night Out in Dawson City

Night out at Diamond Tooth Gerties

  • Get ready and go out for the night.
  • Have dinner at The Drunken Goat Taverna, then head out to party the night away
  • Watch some shows and play some games at Diamond Tooth Gerties (check their website to make sure there is a show that night).

DAY 3: Travel day

Morning

Breakfast in Dawson City

If you partied all night like I did, I am sure you will want to sleep in, so enjoy! Then, wake up, and get some breakfast and coffee at Red Mammoth Bistro.

Dawson City Museum

  • If you are interested in learning about Dawson, the Hän First Nations People, the Klondike region and the Gold rush check out the Dawson City Museum open all year.

Afternoon

Drive from Dawson City to Whitehorse

Head back on the road to Whitehorse. I am sure you will be sad to leave, Dawson City is one of the most spectacular and out of this world places I have ever experienced.

Final Thoughts on your Dawson City Itinerary

If I am lucky enough to go to Yukon Territory again, I will make sure to spend as many days as possible in Tombstone Territorial Park. I would love to do their longer/overnight hikes and camp in the mountains.

I hope this itinerary and information on Dawson City/Tombstone Territorial Park helps give you some inspiration to visit this beautiful Territory.

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