By Andrea Rabinovitch
Dawson City
Canada
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It’s easy to imagine life during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 when you head up north to Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. Preserving its colorful past, EscapeWizard.com has found “Dawson”, as the locals call it, an area that is rich in both living history and natural splendor.

During the time of the world’s greatest gold rush, many couldn’t make it up to Dawson City so places like Whitehorse were founded. For those hardy souls whose dreams of untold wealth kept them pursuing northward, the Yukon River in summer was often their watery highway. Escapewizard.com suggests you join hundreds of visitors and locals alike to canoe, kayak, or raft from Whitehorse or other upriver communities to experience the northern beauty from a different perspective.

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Once referred to as “The Paris of the North,” it attracted many colorful characters who braved great hardship to follow a dream. Following their stories by trodding the wooden boardwalks to visit the National Historic Sites preserved by Parks Canada, EscapeWizard.com likes starting at the reconstructed Palace Grand Theatre then taking the Dawson Town Core Tour where over 100 years of history is explained by tour guides who entertain and inform. The Commissioner’s Residence was the official residence of the Yukon's federal government representative, the Commissioner of the Yukon from 1900 to 1916. The Dawson City Museum housed in the beautiful Old Territorial Administration Building, a National Historic Site is one of the premier heritage attractions of the Klondike.

You can access three famous writers’ former abodes all on one street. Bard of the Klondike, Robert W. Service, lived from 1909 to 1912 in a two room cabin set amongst the willows and alders, and EscapeWizard.com enjoys the readings and presentations that are offered daily. The Jack London Interpretative Museum houses both a replica of the author's cabin and his original, restored food cache while containing photos, documents, newspaper articles and other London memorabilia. The Berton House is the boyhood home of Pierre Berton, Canadian iconic author and is now a private retreat for Canadian writers under the Berton House Writer's Retreat Program.

The resurgence of Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in culture is embodied in an extraordinary new building on the Dawson waterfront called the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre and speaks to many older traditions from the indigenous people of the area.

Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino, Canada’s first legalized gambling hall and named after Gertie Lovejoy, friend to many a lonely prospector, offers a live show complete with cancan dancers in between casino action, an EscapeWizard.com favorite.

For more intrepid travelers EscapeWizard.com enjoys hikes through the gorgeous vistas of Tombstone Territorial Park which protects over 2,000 square kilometers in the south Ogilvie Mountains or, if you’re feeling lucky, panning for gold in the creek that launched the biggest gold rush the world has ever known entitled Claim #6 on Bonanza Creek.

With natural beauty, fascinating history, friendly tourist amenities like great restaurants and fine watering holes, the unusual Northern Lights in the winter and 24 hours of light in the summer, EscapeWizard.com thinks that Dawson City is a destination with an endless number of attractions.