Dawson City is located in Canada’s Yukon Territory at the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers. Once the capital of the Yukon and the booming epicentre of the Klondike Gold Rush with a population that reached 40,000, Dawson dwindled to almost a ghost town after the construction of the Alaska Highway followed a more southerly route through Whitehorse. Dawson is now a tourist destination with a population of just under 2,000.
With its dirt streets, wooden sidewalks and western façade historical buildings Dawson is Canada’s frontier town, attracting visitors from all corners of the world. Dawson is also strategically located on the North Klondike Highway just over 500km from Whitehorse on the Alaska Highway. Dawson is also near the southern end of the Dempster Highway and just under 1000km from Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories on the Beaufort Sea, a part of the Arctic Ocean. Dawson is also just a short ferry ride across the Yukon River from the beginning of the Top of the World Highway which ends at Tetlin Junction, Alaska.
Although you will spot some Harley’s, a few trikes and even the odd Gold Wing, the roads fanning out from Dawson are the natural habitat of adventure bikes — BMW GSs, KTMs, Honda Africa Twins, Yamaha Super Ténérés — and they flock to Dawson in bunches.