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The Yukon…Bold, Rugged and beautiful!

part 1 of my yukon adventure

The Yukon…Bold, Rugged and beautiful!
colin sines

I spent 5 days touring the Yukon and I must say I was completely in awe of the beautiful rugged terrain and some of the friendliest people I have ever met who are very LGBTQ welcoming.

There are no specific gay clubs but every business is catering to the LGBTQ visitor. Whitehorse has a very engaging and popular LGBTQ community and very popular Pride event.

Fly Air NorthThe Air North Experience

I always say every trip experience starts with getting there, and Air North, Yukon’s Airline took me back in time when airline travel used to be an enjoyable experience. My flight from Ottawa to Whitehorse was without a doubt a fun experience. There is only one class: the seats are leather and comfortable with extra leg room, and in-flight service that never seemed to stop. The flight attendants were constantly walking up and down the aisle checking if you needed anything, no cost for inflight service other than alcoholic drinks and no charge for 2 pieces of checked luggage make this airline even more desirable.

As we approached our landing my first site of Whitehorse was a sprawling city of different architectural design with the Yukon River winding its majestic way along side and through the city limits.

My first night was spent at the Best Western Gold Rush Inn with a great location downtown, rooms are extra large and offers full amenities.

Early the next morning we were on our way to Dawson City, a one hour and 10 minute flight north of Whitehorse traveling on Air North who are very experienced at flying through this rugged country.

dawson city - a step back in time

My first impression of Dawson City, was I had been transported back to 1896 and the Gold Rush era it was a fascinating feeling, with streets still unpaved and boardwalk sidewalks.

This historic city has many stories to tell. In August 1896, gold was discovered on Rabbit Creek, later named Bonanza Creek. When word reached the outside world, the Klondike Stampede began. Over 100,000 people started out for the Klondike goldfields and some 30,000 actually reached Dawson City in the summer of 1898. At this time Dawson City was the largest centre west of Winnipeg and north of Seattle. I highly recommend the first visit should be to the Dawson Historical Complex National Historic Site of Canada located in the centre of town and houses excellent historical information that helps you plan the sites to see.

Diamond Tooth Gerties

A must visit is Diamond Tooth Gerties: Canada’s first legalized gambling establishment; named in honour of the famous dance hall queen. With a sparkling diamond placed between her two front teeth, she mined the miners, who parted with their hard-earned gold in exchange for her affections.

A highlight of my stay in Dawson City was my overnight accommodations at Bombay Peggy’s. Built in 1900 its most notable owner was Margaret Vera Dorval, known to locals as Bombay Peggy who ran a bootlegging business and brothel from the early 1940. Its current owner has done amazing renovations making it look and feel the same as in 1900.

Downtown Hotel is the grand lady of Dawson City whirling with the atmosphere of yesteryear.

There are some great restaurants with unusual culinary delights such as the Drunken Goat.

It really is a fascinating city and feels like stepping back in time, with so much to experience including panning for gold.

Stay tuned for Yukon Part 2

Colin Sines

Editor in Chief

OUTVisions Magazine

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