Students will quickly discover that the line between SOVA and the greater Dawson community is very fluid. While students necessarily spend significant time working in SOVA’s classrooms and studios, they are strongly encouraged to explore the wide variety of recreational and cultural activities on offer in Dawson City.
From the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in hide tanning camp, to ODD Gallery openings, to hockey at the arena, Dawson City has something unique to offer everyone.
Dawson City is quite small, making it easy to walk anywhere within the townsite in 5-20 minutes. Grab-a-Cab operates sporadiacally throughout the year and a trip within Dawson or the outlying subdivisions costs between $10-30.
Husky Bus offers service between Dawson and Whitehorse and to and from the Dawson airport until the end of September.
Air North operates year-round. As the Yukon’s airline, Air North offers flights between Dawson City and Whitehorse, as well as from Whitehorse to outside destinations across Canada. Connections to other airlines are available at the Whitehorse airport for additional destinations.
Groceries and Restaurants
There is no shortage of fresh food in Dawson, but prepare for food and household goods to be a little more expensive than in southern communities. A litre of milk costs $2.99 and produce tends to be a bit more expensive too.
Bonanza Market is located on 2nd Ave between Princess and Queen St.
Dawson City General Store is located on the corner of Front Street and Queen St.
There are no fast food chains in Dawson City, but the town has plenty of options for those days when you don’t have time to cook!
Alchemy Cafe is located on 3rd Ave and serves espresso coffee and local, sustainable brunch, lunch and dessert items.
China Gold Village is a Chinese restaurant located at the corner of 5th Ave and Craig St. Table service, take-out or delivery options.
Downtown Hotel is located at the corner of 2nd Ave and Queen St and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Eldorado Hotel is located at the corner of 3rd Ave and Princess St and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Pan for Gold Pizzeria is located on 3rd Av and offers delivery or take-out pizza, subs and pasta.
The Drunken Goat Taverna is located on 2nd Ave and offers Greek style cuisine and pizza.
Health and Wellness
The Dawson City Community Hospital is serviced by fully qualified physicians and nurses who provide 24 hour emergency care, seven days a week, as well as diagnostic and in-patient services.
The Dawson Community Health Clinic is located on the 2nd floor of the Hospital building and provides public health services, such as:
- Screening for sexually transmitted infections
- Healthy lifestyle support
- Mental Health Services
The Dawson Medical Clinic is located on the ground floor of the Hospital building and provides a fully staffed clinic for walk-in and scheduled appointments, Mon-Friday, 9-5pm. The Clinic offers the following additional services:
- Basic diagnostic and lab tests
- Retail pharmacy
- House calls
- Coordinated services with hospital
Many Rivers Counselling is a not-for-profit organization which offers support services to individuals, couples and families. In addition to therapy sessions, they also provide referral services and healthy and wellness education.
Despite the cold and dark it is relatively easy to stay active in Dawson City during the winter months.
The Recreation Centre is run by Dawson City’s Recreation Department and is located on 4th Ave. The Rec Centre is home to Dawson’s curling club, men and women’s ice hockey, and numerous public skating programs. Skating equipment can be rented at the arena for a very reasonable fee.
The Weight Room is also run by the Rec Department, and is located on Front Street in the Waterfront Building. This building also houses the City of Dawson Recreation Department offices. Members enjoy access to free weights, weight machines and cardio equipment.
Community Programming, including yoga, dance lessons, indoor soccer and volleyball, are coordinated through the Recreation Department. Check community bulletin boards regularly or visit the Rec Centre offices on Front Street.
Hiking Opportunities abound in Dawson City. The 9th Ave, Crocus Bluff and Dome trail network offers excellent hiking accessible from downtown Dawson.
X-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing is a great way to get off the beaten path. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy skiing on the Yukon River, or on the groomed trails at Moose Mountain. Snowshoes and skis can be rented from the Recreation Department.
Moose Mountain Downhill Ski Hill is open in the late winter/early spring and offers three runs, and ski and snowboard rentals.
In addition to two part-time SOVA student positions, there are many employment opportunities around town during the winter.
Klondike Outreach is located on 3rd Avenue and offers employment services and a job board.
Arts and Culture
Dawson City boasts an incredibly vibrant cultural scene, supported by its many museums, galleries, and artist residency programs. Listed below are some of the organizations, historic sites and events that help make Dawson such a dynamic place to live!