Creek to Fort Nelson
Alaska Highway begins at Mile Zero in Dawson
Creek and travels through northern BC, the Yukon to Fairbanks,
Alaska. Construction of this military supply route started in February
1942. Employing over 10,000 soldiers and 16,000 civilians it was
completed in eight months and twelve days. After the war the Canadian
Government took over the highway but it took more than two years
until the general public could travel it.
Dawson Creek the highway meanders 75 km (47 miles) through farmlands
and past the Kiskatinaw
Provincial Park to Fort
St. John, through mountains and past lakes to Fort
Nelson. Mile Zero starts at the junction of the Hart/Alaska/49/2
Highways. You may wish to stop at the Peace River Valley Viewpoint,
go boating on the Peace River from the Taylor Landing Provincial
Park or camp
at Peace Island Park
Taylor is situated in a scenic valley on the Peace River at Mile
35 on the Alaska Highway. Named for Herbie Taylor, the first settler
in the area, Taylor is now an important oil, natural gas, agriculture
and forestry centre.
On the banks of the Peace River, this is the home of the World's
Invitational Gold Panning Championships
Located at Mile 47 on the Alaska Highway, Fort St. John is a booming
city with a strong economy in oil, gas, agriculture and lumber.
The North West Company built Rock Mountain Fort on the Peace River
near here in 1794, making it the oldest European settlements in
the province. This area has an interesting First Nations history
and at nearby Charlie Lake archaeologists recently uncovered artifacts
of the Paleo Indians who lived here over 10,000 years ago.
to Alexander Mackenzie:
This monument pays tribute to the first European explorer of the
area. It is located on Mackenzie Street in Centennial Park.
St. John - North Peace Museum:
Featuring a reconstructed schoolhouse, trapper's cabin, pioneer
and First Nations artifacts, the museum is located behind the large
oil derrick on the Alaska Highway.
At Mile Zero, 7 km (4 miles) from Fort St. John is the turnoff to
Beatton Provincial Park and Charlie Lake Provincial Park. Both provide
good fishing for walleyes and northern pike, water sports and camping.
North from Charlie Lake is the junction for Highway 29 (13 km or
8 miles from Fort St. John) which leads to Hudson's
Hope and Chetwynd.
This is Mile 101 on the Alaska Highway, 85 km (51 miles) north of
Fort St. John. During WWII this was a military checkpoint. After
leaving Wonowon you will pass through densely treed wilderness and
past stunning viewpoints.
62 km (38 miles) north of Wonowon at Mile 143 is Pink Mountain.
The views of the mountains and wildflowers are beautiful from this
1100 m (3608 feet) vantage point. The highway then descends 5 km
(3 miles) into the Beatton River Valley. Excellent whitefish, grayling
and pike fishing is possible at the Sikannie Chief River Bridge
(Mile 162) 29km (18miles) beyond Pink Mountain.
River Provincial Park (Mile 173):
Located 23 km (14 miles) north of the Sikannie Chief River Bridge
at the edge of the Rocky Mountain Foothills, the park offers over
30 camping sites, tourist services and good grayling fishing. North
of the park is Trutch Mountain which once held a highway pass at
1,260 m (4,132 feet). Today the highway follows the scenic Minnaker
River Provincial Recreation Area (Mile 217):
This densely wooded park is located 73 km (45 miles) north of the
Buckinghorse River Park. There are over 35 campsites, natural springs
and good wildlife viewing. Tourist facilities are available in Prophet
River (Mile 217), 15 km (9 miles) from the park. 66 km (41 miles)
from Prophet River is the Andy Bailey Provincial Recreation Area;
turn east off of the Alaska Highway and travel for 12 km (7 miles)
Jackfish Lake to fish for northern pike. The Muskawa River Bridge
(Mile 307) is the lowest point on the Alaska Highway.
Nelson (Mile 300 on the Alaska Highway):
First established as a North West Company fur trading post in the
early 1800's, Fort Nelson today relies on lumber and natural gas.
The BC Railway northern terminus is located here. Near Fort Nelson
the Muskawa, Prophet and Sikanni Chief Rivers meet to create the
Fort Nelson River which leads into the Laird River.
Nelson Historical Museum:
The museum features exhibits on the construction of the Alaska Highway,
the Hudson's Bay Company, trapping and the history of Fort Nelson
and is located at the north end of town.
Wilderness Provincial Park:
Your Journey North on the Alaska Highway North
Located 160 km (99 miles) southwest of Fort Nelson, this wilderness
park has no road access. Fly-in, hiking and horseback treks and
tours are available.