For New Residents
Dawson City boasts an eclectic mix of arts, culture, wilderness and history. Placer miners, artists, adventurists, old-timers and new-timers all share the town – a haven tucked away in the middle of Yukon.
Dawson City Yesterday
The discovery of gold near Dawson City in 1896 brought a stampede of prospectors ready to “strike it rich”. Shops, theatres, saloons, casinos, and dance halls were quickly established to serve the miners and a thriving, bustling city of nearly 25,000 people was born. It was an exhilarating time to live in the “Paris of the North”.
Three years later, The Klondike Gold Rush ended, and many moved on. Fortunately, Robert Service, Jack London, Pierre Berton and many other famous Yukon poets and writers immortalized this captivating era through their work. You can still visit these artists’ homes in Dawson City, most notably, the Berton House, currently used as a Writer’s Retreat.
Taking a walk along the town’s wooden boardwalks today is like wandering through a living museum; with many homes, saloons, shops and theatres still used as their original purpose.
Dawson City Today
Today, the population of nearly 2,000 people (2012) work mainly in tourism, mining and public service; some came to share in Dawson’s unique arts and culture community, others for the adventure and pristine beauty, and others to be part of the strong community spirit.
Dawson City is home to the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in (People of the River), a community that has lived along the Yukon River for millennia, and now comprise over one-third of the town’s population. This self-governing First Nation is deeply committed to the preservation of their language, culture and environment.
Spend time with an engaged and creative community of people, take part in countless music, art and cultural events, enjoy endless days in summer, northern lights in winter and add to the mystique of this extraordinary town.
"From its dirt roads and wooden boardwalks, to its rich history and intriguing traditions, there’s nothing quite like this little Klondike town”.
Dawson has a unique array of shops and services that offer a variety of goods and services from coffee, local art, gold nugget and mammoth ivory jewelry, books, groceries, locally grown produce, and clothing.
The housing market fluctuates in Dawson City, depending on the season. Temporary summer workers drive the need for more seasonal housing; most new arrivals rent and scope out the housing vacancy situation once they are more settled.
- Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in
Administers the general housing and CMHC rental programs for Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in residents and plays a key role in the development and planning for capital projects and new housing construction.
- Klondike Development Organization
Provides a housing information portal and property search with information on land and houses for sale in Dawson City.
- Yukon Housing Corporation
Yukon Housing Corporation offers 70 social housing units and 28 staff units in Dawson City as well as programs and services that enable home renovations, construction of additional rental suites, mortgages and financing
The main employers in Dawson City are with government: Federal, Territorial, First Nation and municipal. Tourism plays a significant role in the employment sector through the services industry, along with significant employment opportunities in placer and hard rock mining.
Tourism and mining tend to be seasonal by nature and a large number of seasonal workers relocate to Dawson City during the summer months. The retail trade and construction industry follow on from these main industries.
- Yukon Employment Central
Provides job boards, employment counseling, workshops and more
Online employment resource for employers and job seekers, including current job listings, the Yukon labour market, career planning, education, and training
- Yukon Workfutures
Guide to work opportunities in the territory that provides information on the labour market, working conditions, education, and employment prospects
- Invest Yukon: Yukon Employment Connection
List of employment-related websites to help your search for employment