Tucked in a quiet corner of Dawson City, this quaint museum is dedicated entirely to the life and writing of White Fang author Jack London. Browse through historical archives and photographs while learning about London’s adventures before, during and after the Klondike Gold Rush. Explore the museum on your own, or visit during one of our interactive and informative presentations.
As an extra treat, take a peek inside the home where London resided during his days as a Klondike gold seeker; complete with period appropriate furnishing and objects fit for a stampeder. This replica is built from half of the logs from London’s original cabin, which was located on the North Fork of Henderson Creek; the other half resides in London’s hometown of Oakland, California.
The Jack London Museum & Cabin tells the story of Jack London’s adventures from his time in the Klondike and the subsequent hunt for the aforementioned cabin where he lived during the winter of 1897.
In 1897, Jack London spent a year in the Klondike. He tried his hand at mining, but mostly spent time coming up with stories that would one day make him famous. His winter was spent in a cabin near Henderson Creek. 60 years after abandoning this site to get relief from his scurvy, Dick North searched and discovered the cabin where Jack London once lived.
The story of London, the North and the investigation into his cabin are told through interpretation and photographs at the Jack London Museum. Come visit us today to discover the story behind the cabin and Jack London’s northern adventures!
For a great read Ken Spotswood has written a piece called “the History of the Jack London Cabin” and does a great job telling the story of the discovery of the cabin as it happened.
A visit to the Jack London Museum & Cabin is a great experience any time of year.
Tucked away in a quiet area of Dawson, the museum & cabin are within walking distance of all hotels and attractions in town. Find us on the corner of 8th and Firth St.
We are closed for the season, however Jack London’s cabin may still be viewed from the outside at any time.
2021 opening dates will be announced prior to high season, and will typically be open from May- September.
We invite you to take in all our unique events at the museum!
Our signature event is the Authors on Eighth Literary Walking Tour and Writing Contest which celebrates writing in the Yukon; taking visitors to the one-time houses of famous writers, Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton; all along Eighth Avenue in Dawson City, Yukon.
Authors on Eighth Writing Contest
Thank you to everyone who submitted their writing this year. The 2020 winners are:
Poetry: Still by George K. Ilsley
Honourable Mentions: Ballad of the Dark Horse by Leisa G Thurmer
Snow Forsaken by the Moon by Andrew Lafleche
Prose: Cousin Jim by Rosanne Pagano
Honourable Mentions: Snow by Ruth Latta
Chilkoot Pass by Joanne Culley
A Yukon Summer in Dawson City by Donna Naprstek
Writing Contest Deadline: July 11th, 2021:
Calling all writers and enthusiasts of the North. Submit a piece of poetry or prose relating to the theme for your chance to win a Klondike gold nugget! Theme will be announced in spring 2021. Submissions are judged by a panel including the Berton Writer’s Retreat writer in residence and a local judge. Select submissions will be published in the Klondike Sun and online.
– Write a piece of poetry or prose under 2500 words on chosen theme
– Email your submission to email@example.com, including:
Your full name
– Please fix your submission in a Word document format attached to the email (no .pdfs)
– Do not include your name in your word document. Maximum one entry per person.
– All work must be previously unpublished
Under 16 category- We encourage any aspiring writers to submit- prizes for each submission!
It is FREE to enter the contest. Winners are announced at the Authors on Eighth Walking Tour.
Authors on Eighth Literary Walking Tour: August 12th, 2021 1:30pm
Join us on a FREE walking tour of the one-time haunts of Jack London, Pierre Berton, and Robert Service. This event celebrates literacy and the art of writing in the North. With participation from the Writers Trust of Canada, Parks Canada and Jack London Museum, this event showcases the historic homes of Dawson City based writers and celebrates the winners of the Authors on Eighth Writing Contest.
Jack London Museum is operated by the Klondike Visitors Association (KVA). KVA is a not for profit organization in Dawson City, Yukon representing local and regional members and industry stakeholders. KVA’s mandate includes destination marketing, operation of attractions and presentation of special events that increase visitation and add to the quality of life in our community. KVA’s other owned and operated attractions include: Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall and Free Claim #6 on Bonanza Creek. For more information on events, attractions and everything Dawson, visit our website at www.dawsoncity.ca
To reach KVA:
Klondike Visitors Association
Box 389, Dawson City, Yukon, Y0B1G0