Dawson City, YT is the northernmost point on the Yukon's Klondike Highway. It is the hub of 88% of the Yukon's gold production. http://dawsoncity.ca/
The buildings stand as they have for many years, some kept restored just for historic value. There are stores, shops, mercantile, hotels, outfitters, trading posts, a mortuary, a university, and even a boarding house or two. All the sidewalks are board work construction, probably to combat the seemingly never ending mud here.
Although newer homes exist the emphasis here is on survival during brutal winters, not architecture or landscaping. There are only 91 frost free days each year. In fact several homes are still nearly original equipment.
At one time the Yukon River was home to 70 paddle wheelers and still home to two that are in service.
Two of the main attractions are the Grand Palace Theatre and Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall, a still functioning casino.
We stayed (with permission) at a gravel pit south of town and boondocked off our battery bank and generator for a couple of days. The rain didn't see fit to subside as celebration to our visit. We ate in town twice, both times at the Downtown Hotel Jack London Grill which had excellent food (French Dip & Club Sandwiches to die for and great breakfasts) at decent prices.
This post made possible by the FREE internet at a nearby gas station here (which translates to a single hour free or $5 CDN per day in Canada). Unless something unusual or spectacular happens, our next post will be from the Canadian Rockies south of Dawson Creek in about 7 days.