Students will find that their time at SOVA is more integrated with the community than they might expect at a school in a larger community. While there are events planned for the students at SOVA they are likely to find community members participating, and they will also find themselves participating in events planned for the community. Despite its small size, Dawson is a busy community that provides many cultural activities as well as the recreational activities that you might expect in a small northern town.
Dänojá Zho Cultural Centre
Numerous year-round activities are held at Dawson’s two cultural facilties: the Danoja Zho Cultural Centre offers movie nights, courses in traditional arts, and many special events, and the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture offers film screenings; live theatre, dance and music performances; special events; gallery openings and artists’ talks, and continuing education, full-time and part-time courses.
Dawson City Music Festival
The Dawson City Music Festival Association, which runs the renowned Dawson City Music Festival in July, holds coffeehouses and concerts throughout the year. The Dawson City Recreation Centre features a weight room, skating rink, and curling rink. The skating rink is home to public skating, hockey leagues, and various tournaments. The curling association offers lessons, league curling and several bonspiels, Other winter sporting activities include downhill skiing and cross country skiing, snowshoing, and dog mushing. Dawson has its own radio station, CFYT 106.9 FM, with volunteer radio show hosts playing an eclectic selection of music and reporting on local happenings.
While the cold winter months provide a more relaxed and casual pace, Dawson is home to many special events that provide opportunities for socializing. The Yukon Quest dog sled race, Trek Over the Top, Thaw-Di-Gras, and the Dawson City International Short Film Festival bring many visitors to town.
For more information visit these web sites:
www.dawsonmedicalclinic.com (Very good overview of life in Dawson)
www.kiac.ca (The heartbeat of local culture)
http://www.cityofdawson.ca (Municipal information website)
http://www.yukonweb.com/community/dawson (More Dawson information)