Set against a dramatic backdrop of northern wilderness with a rich First Nation tradition, Dawson City is built on a foundation of cultural diversity and grand ideas. The Yukon Territory has perhaps the highest per-capita population of artists, at every level in every discipline, in the country. Many came to Dawson for two weeks – twenty years ago.
The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture is of one of the many volunteer driven not-for-profit initiatives that are vital to the social, cultural and economic health of Dawson City. The Klondike Visitors Association plans activities and events that attract thousands of visitors to Dawson City each year. The Dawson City Music Festival is legendary for its ability to present Canada’s finest musical talent to the community both at the July festival, and at concerts during the year. Other organizations such as the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, Dawson Museum Society, and CFYT Radio add to Dawson’s rich cultural milieu, which is somewhat unexpected in a small northern town that’s only a few hours drive from the Arctic Circle.