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Community, Business & Economy

About our Community

Dawson City, cultural capital of the Yukon, is home of the Klondike Gold Rush and the heart of Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Traditional Territory; we’re proud of our mining heritage and First Nations roots that run millennia deep.
We’re a thriving cultural community—with a post-secondary arts school, several world-renowned festivals, and burgeoning TV and film industry—that borders an outdoor playground sprawling hundreds of kilometers in either direction. We’re a living historic community, with many landscape features and buildings that support our national historic site designation.

Mining, tourism, culture, and our people are the foundation on which our town stands, and we respect personal freedoms and diversity of all definitions. We’re a welcoming town and a great place to make a life and raise a family. Our community has a new hospital and programming and activities that promote healthy lifestyles. We have a recreation centre, curling club, swimming pool, fitness centre, nine-hole golf course, off-leash dog park, and a ski hill.
We enjoy an abundance of green spaces, including hiking, biking, and cross-country-ski trails. We also have a K–12 school, Yukon University campus, healthy business community, and numerous groups and organizations in which to get involved.

Through solid planning and focused effort, our town has tackled municipal challenges, developed our municipal infrastructure, and grown our community. 

Business & Economy

Dawson’s economy is rooted in public services, mining, the accommodation and food service sector, and arts, entertainment and recreation.

Business Licence Required

Please note that an active Business Licence is required to operate any business within or partly within City of Dawson limits.  If you are operating a business without a business license, you as the owner could face penalties and fines.

Shop Local!

The local business community in Dawson offers an incredible selection of goods and services.  It is amazing how much is available locally! 

Business Directory

Find the goods and services you're looking for right here in in the Klondike!  The City of Dawson Business Directory is the most comprehensive list of businesses operating in Dawson.

For more information, browse the menu headings and documents in this section or contact us at

Finance & Administration
in person at 1336 Front Street, 2nd Floor Above the Fire Hall
Phone: 993-7400 Ext. 499