The Alaska Highway (B.C. Highway #97)
The British Columbia portion of the Deh Cho Travel route, takes you on the first 480 km (300 mi) of the world-famous Alaska Highway.
The first community you will reach heading south from the Northwest Territories is Fort Nelson at Mile 300 of the Alaska Highway. Founded as a fur trading post, this town came into its own with the building of the Alaska Highway in 1942. Check out the Heritage Museum portraying Fort Nelson’s place in the history of the Highway. It also features a vintage car collection. Heading south you will get a real taste of Alaska Highway hospitality at various lodges and café stops along the way.
The oldest fur trading post in the region, founded in 1792 by Sir Alexander Mackenzie, is Fort St. John, population 17,000. Fort St. John offers a range of cultural and recreational facilities and experiences, and all modern services and amenities. The North Peace Cultural Centre is home to an art gallery featuring the work of local artists and artisans, the public library, and a theatre that hosts live theatre, dance productions and concerts.
Its neighbour community Taylor, hosts the World Gold Panning Championships on the first weekend of August. Before you get to Dawson Creek, be sure to take in the old Kiskatinaw Bridge, a curved wooden structure remaining from the original Alaska Highway.
Dawson Creek, “Mile Zero” of the Alaska Highway, welcomes you with a Visitors’ Centre and Museum in the South Peace Historical Society Railway Station Museum. Other sights include Alaska Highway House, the Mile Zero Signpost, and the Walter Wright Pioneer Village.
Pouce Coupe, just south of Dawson Creek, is the oldest Pioneer community in the region and the Museum hosts an original wooden train trestle bridge, doctor's office, trapper's cabin, school classroom among its numerous collections.