Dawson City is one of Canada’s rare National Historical sites that has full time inhabitants living among historical buildings, sites and complexes. Building codes are supposed to be in accordance with Parks Canada’s standards as far as a new house / building colours, siding, layout, window and door types, etc. But the continued pioneering and independent spirit of this small towns population often butts heads with these restrictions and the institutions who impose them. As a result of these bizarre political conflicts a mish mash of unique (and often illegal) types of structures continue to pop up. Some reflect the aesthetic of early Dawson City dwellings which resembled shanties and shacks constructed of found and discarded materials. There are a large number of people who fight to have historic building regulations include these types of shanty like dwellings be legal.