The building that would become the Caribou Hotel was built in Bennett in 1898. In 1901 it was floated on a barge down Lake Bennett to Carcross to its current location.
The hotel has had many owners in the last 100+ years including Dawson Charlie himself and Edwin and Bessie Gideon who originally rented it from Dawson’s estate. The building burned to the ground on Christmas Eve of 1909 and the Gideons rebuilt it.
Edwin passed in 1925 but Bessie continued to run the hotel until her passing in 1933. Although, most would say Bessie never left the Caribou; even after death.
The hotel was closed and boarded up in 2005 – after its owner was murdered in 2004 - but in 2006 it was bought and renovated. It was reopened in 2019 as a boutique hotel and restaurant saving one of Yukon’s most historical buildings.
The ghost of Bessie is often seen in the third floor window watching the street below. She is also said to bang on the floorboards from time to time.
Bessie is said to be quite shy and is described as being neither friendly nor unfriendly.