Westmark Inn Dawson City
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We had a room in the new building across the street from the reception desk. It was very plush with a wonderful bed and lots of large pillows. The service was very polished (typical of our Westmark experiences.)
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Nice hotel in Dawson - decent internet (a real rarity in these parts), air conditioning (not always available), and a good location. This AM, we set out for a tour of the gold strike of 1896 outside Dawson. The location had its name changed from Rabbit Creek to Bonanza Creek by the prospectors who discovered gold. Dawson went from 500 people to …
... and half in California. The photos and documents were really interesting. He wrote so many books, considering he died at 40.
Lunch at the local hotel, complete with pressed metal ceiling. After lunch, Robert Service's cabin. He was a Canadian poet, arrived in Dawson City about 10 years after the gold rush, and worked initially in the bank we saw last night. Then he retired to write, and wrote hundreds of poems, like Henry Lawson and ...
... no one could spell that so it got called "Chicken" instead. The large statue of a chook is made of recycled school lockers!
As we left the town, the dirt road passed numerous active gold mines. Drove along The Top of the World Highway, ascending to 1085 metres, almost to the tree line, tundra vegetation on all sides. Amazing wide vistas. This is the area frequented by the 40 Mile Caribou herd, 40,000 in number, and we saw several groups of caribou as we ...
This place is truly lost in time. They are trying to preserve it just as it was during the Great Klondike Gold Rush 1896 - 1909 (the end date is a bit obscure). From our landing at the (unpaved) airport, to all the houses and buildings which, if not original, have been carefully rebuilt to look authentic. There have apparently been quite a few fires here over the years, largely due ...
... Whitehorse, you can see the facade of the original buildings but behind the facade is all new structure or at least in some cases. Here, you see the logs and all, Quite interesting. Also saw a couple of cruise buses for the cruise/land tours. So they obviously do travel quite a ways away after getting off the ship.
Now spending time on the internet as we get 2 free hrs here.
Wildlife: 1 black rabbit; 1 young moose