How has your weekend been so far?
Mine? I’ve been gloriously ensconced in my beloved Yukon landscape with my daughter and family the past week. And now I am even further north in Dawson City enjoying the company of my cousin and friends. Remember how I wrote about being wholesome a couple weeks ago? Well this weekend is all about dancing and fun under the midnight sun at my most favourite music festival. So here is your guide to all things weird and wonderful in Dawson City, Yukon.
Want to dress up old-fashioned like the goldrushers of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush? You can, at Peabody’s photo parlour. Popular roles include goldminers, hunters, can-can dancers and prostitutes.
Moosehide gathering: I had the privilege to spend two weeks when I was 16 years old helping to maintain the heritage site of Moosehide. It is an incredible place to experience hospitality Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in style.
One of my favourite Canadian magazines, Maisonneuve mag, wrote a great article called Klondike Creative Class.
The Tombstones. You have to see these mountains to believe them. Stark. Shocking. Stunningly beautiful.
Explore the Klondike Gold Rush history through the Yukon Archives’ exquisitely curated collection.
Dawson also has an intense art scene. This tiny town of 2,000 people manages to host a foundational year art college called the Yukon School of Visual Art, with transfers to all the best University art programs in Canada. As well as an internally renowned Artist-in-Residence program. Every winter there is an annual international short film festival. And in August you can go to the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival, of which I was a demonstrating artist 5 years ago. And, finally, Dawson has a professionally curated art-gallery.
As usual, I’m always curious what you think.
Until next time,