The Yukon hotel’s Sourdough Saloon is famous for a very odd reason. It offers the Sourtoe cocktail: a shot of whiskey that includes a mummified toe.
In order to receive an official Sourtoe cocktail certificate from the Dawson City bar, the drinker’s lips must touch the toe — which has been donated to the saloon and cured in salt for six months — a feat that has already been achieved by 70,000 people and counting.
However, Sourdough Saloon was left without their best toe when it was stolen and then returned in the mail earlier this month.
Now, Yukon Tourism is stepping in to ensure that, should another famous toe go missing, the bar is stocked with backups. Cleverly captioning the contest #MakeAToenation, Yukon Tourism is encouraging people to send in pictures of their toes and tag @travelyukon and use the hashtag #MakeAToenation (the full list of rules and regulations can be found here).
The winning toe, and the person it’s still attached to, will win a trip for two to the Yukon, including four nights and five days in either Dawson City or Whitehorse, as well as free guided tours of local attractions. We have a feeling a trip to the Sourdough Saloon will also be included.
The winner won’t be required to provide their winning toe until he or she is deceased, with the understanding that the toe will be shipped to the bar postmortem.
There are already over 100 entries for the contest, which closes on July 7. So if you’re willing to give up your big toe for a trip to the Canadian North we suggest you start snapping pics.