Living and Working in Dawson City

Dawson City is a small city in the Yukon with a population of approximately 2300.  During the summer months, the population grows with an influx of workers who come up to support the tourism and mining industries.

Located on the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëchin, Dawson City is a bustling town that offers endless opportunities for those who enjoy outdoor adventures, immersing themselves in history, a lively arts scene, active nightlife and a surprising culinary offering. 

Part of Dawson’s charm lies in the fact that it is a 6 hour drive from the nearest chain store (eg. Wal Mart or Tim Hortons), however everything can be bought in town at a reasonable price form the 2 grocery stores, CIBC bank, coffee shops, library, clothing stores, hardware store and many more offerings.

There is also an international airport, hospital, school, post office, RCMP detachment and volunteer fire hall, indoor pool, gym and multiple museums and historic sites.

A summer in Dawson City offers the opportunity to earn extra income through the multitude of seasonal employment opportunities including a variety of work in hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and tourist sites.

The arts scene is vibrant with the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture hosting performances, workshops, festivals as well as operating a gallery.  Opportunities to present work, facilitate workshops or rent/utilize studio space are possible.

The restaurant scene offers world cuisines such as Chinese, Greek, Italian and local Yukon fare.  Multiple bars mean there is always something to enjoy from live music to karaoke and even comedy.

Located on the confluence of two rivers, Dawson is full of a multitude of easily accessible trails.  Tombstone Territorial Park is only 90 mins away and beautiful campsites can be found in the surrounding areas.

Weather in Dawson City and the north varies greatly even throughout the day.  Prepare for temperatures as low as 5 degrees in May and September, and as high as 30 degrees in June/July.  Prepare for mud as the majority of Dawson roads are dirt.  The midnight sun will shine from May- August, and by September the northern lights will be visible.

A summer in Dawson City is like no other, and judging by the number of former Gerties performers that now call themselves permanent residents, it might just call you back again and again!

Performers will room in pairs sharing recently built 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartments.  There is laundry in suite and parking on site. Located about a 10 minute walk from Diamond Tooth Gerties and downtown, including shops, restaurants and bars.