At Whitehorse, we left the Alaska Highway and traveled north to Dawson City along the Yukon and Klondike Rivers. Lots of beautiful scenery, scarce wildlife, and some really bad patches of road caused by frost heaves! All five motor homes survived but we had to be very careful opening cupboards and closets because of things shifting from the bouncing.
Dawson City’s population is 2,000+ and we were busy seeing all there is to see. There are lots of historical buildings from the Gold Rush era and the town has mandated that all construction continue that theme. You get a real sense of community here and a sense of welcome.
The Visitors Centre was our first stop and their walking tours around town were very informative. Both Jack London and Robert Service lived here, so their cabins were a must-see. Parcs Canada put on an excellent presentation at Robert Service’s cabin, telling his life story and reading some of his poetry/verse.
Our evening entertainment was dinner at the Jack London restaurant followed by a stop at “Diamond Tooth Gertie’s”. Gertie’s is a casino with a 1890’s era style show with singers and cancan girls. It was a great time with lots of laughs.
Midnight Dome is a spot above Dawson City, giving you a bird’s eye view of the rivers, town and surrounding landscape. We were there at 11 p.m. and the sun had not set! What a fascinating sensation. Saw two foxes and a small black bear on our drive to and from the dome so that was exciting.
Tomorrow we take the motor homes on the ferry across the Yukon River and continue our trip into Alaska – finally!!!! Be sure to come back and read all about our trip on the “top of the world” highway.