Dawson City finds itself with a brand new lease on winter sports life this year – artificial ice has come to town. Considering how much ice there is in the north, the need for artificial ice sounds odd, but for those who partake in hockey and curling, the arrival of fake ice is what they have been waiting for.

Dawson City typically hosts seven to eight tournaments and bonspiels annually. Robitaille is hoping that, along with more teams from outside being encouraged to come for tournaments, if there is a guarantee of ice, Dawson can now bid for other events that were usually scheduled during a time when the old ice was unavailable.

“There were certain age groups that we could never get because we just couldn’t host a tournament at that time of year. It just opens up those possibilities.”

This, he says, creates opportunities for tourism that the community didn’t have before.