The Hart Highway: Prince George to Dawson Creek


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Prince George to Dawson Creek

The Hart Highway, (Highway 97 North) starts at Prince George and winds its way northeast to Dawson Creek where it becomes the Alaska Highway. This 406 km (252 miles) highway leads through farmlands, forests, over mountain passes to the foothills and open prairies. Anglers may wish to try their luck at the numerous lakes and streams along the journey.

A porcupinePrince George to Chetwynd
Giscome Portage Regional Park: Featuring a living museum, historic houses, barns and a warehouse, this park is located 40 km (25 miles) north of Prince George via the Mitchell Road east for 4 km (2.5 miles).

Summit Lake:
Summit Lake is situated on the Arctic-Pacific divide, with waters to the north draining to the Arctic and those to the south draining into the Pacific. There is good char and rainbow trout fishing in the lake. Further north you will pass Crooked River Provincial Park, Whiskers Point Provincial Park and the small village of McLeod Lake.

McLeod Lake:
The first European settlement west of the Rockies, Simon Fraser established Trout Lake Fort here in 1805. Just north of Mcleod Lake are War Falls and Lake and Carp Lake Provincial Park. Access is via a west turn gravel road, 26 km (16 miles) from Mcleod Lake. Continuing along the Hart Highway is Tudyah Lake Provincial Park with good fishing, swimming and boating. The park is on the western edge of the Rocky Mountain Trench. Not far along is Junction 39 to Mackenzie.

Chetwynd:
Formerly known as Little Prairie, Chetwynd's main economic stays include forestry, oil and gas, mining with some farming and tourism.

Little Prairie Heritage Museum:
This museum is housed in the old post office and features trapping and farming exhibits. There are railway artifacts displayed in an old caboose. It is located west of town.

Chetwynd to Dawson Creek:
The road leading to Dawson Creek becomes much more open about 30 km (19 miles) north of Chetwynd as it leads into the Pine River Valley. There is good fishing and canoeing at East Pine Provincial Park.

Dawson Creek:
Settled in 1912, Dawson Creek was named for pioneer geologist George Mercer Dawson. By the 1930's this was a main service centre for the region. In 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbour, the Canadian and US governments agreed to build a route through the north. With over 10,000 employees in the area, Dawson Creek prospered. The town is located at the crossroads of Alaska and Hart Highway (Highway 97) and Highways 49 and 2.

Mile "O" Sign Post:
This sign post is located on 10th Street, across from the Alaska Hotel.

Walter Wright Pioneer Village:
These restored 1940's buildings are located at the junction of the Hart/Alaska Highways.

Northern Alberta Railway Station Park and NAR Park:
This restored NAR station now houses the museum. Exhibits such as a restored 1949 grain elevator, a late 1890's railway car and Beaver First Nations artifacts are displayed here.It is located on Alaska Avenue.

 

 

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The Hart Highway: Prince George to Dawson Creek