JOURNEY THROUGH THE UNTAMED WILD OF BC's NORTH
The Alaska Highway is renowned as one of the most scenic drives in the Province of BC and is a “must see” of any circle tour through the region. Northern BC is the place to drive in summer for long daylight hours, unspoiled wilderness and unlimited fishing, hiking and outdoor enjoyment. Your trip along Highway 97 will offer stunning scenery and historic towns with many stops along the way.
The trip-of-a-lifetime road adventure.
Over the years, the Alaska Highway has evolved from a rough challenge to one of the Northeast British Columbia’s major tourist attractions. Today, the highway has been straightened and flattened as much as possible, and is now entirely paved. The steepest hill is a ten percent grade, at Steamboat Mountain -- a far cry from the 25 percent grades of the past. The highway is continuously being repaired, as the freezing and thawing of the ground causes frost heaves, buckling the asphalt. The highway now has two lanes, and ordinary automobiles regularly traverse it.
Dawson Creek, British Columbia is the official start of the Alaska Highway. Whether you are interested in history, wildlife, nature, art, music, or adventure northeastern BC offers something for everyone! The experience routes between the surrounding communities, trails, heritage attractions, historic walking tours and shopping districts await the visitor. Give yourself a few days in the Peace Country to explore all that the region offers. You’ll love every minute you spend here as you immerse yourself in the amazing history of the building of the Alaska Highway. Meet the locals and tap into the endless stories and special places that connect to the Alaska Highway.
From the official Mile “0” the Alaska Highway rises steadily from the vast land of muskeg and boreal forest to Steamboat Mountain, where the highway leads right into the Northern Rocky Mountains. From that point on, the Rockies accompany you ... offering both the wide-open mountainscapes of craggy peaks marching off to the horizon and the up-close views where the rugged rock flanks the highway. While travelling the Alaska Highway is an adventure in itself and a non-stop feast for the eye, there’s more to the Northern Rockies than what you can see from the roadside! For the outdoor enthusiast who really wants to capture the energy of the land, there are wonderful opportunities (both guided or self-guided) to get beyond that first mountain — to immerse yourself in the awe and majesty that surrounds you. It is not uncommon to see herds of (or lone) bison and stone’s sheep along or on the highway. A bison herd lives year round on the Alaska Highway right-of-way, and about 20 bison are killed by collisions with vehicles every year. Drive with extreme caution.
One of the region’s primary jewels Muncho Lake, is a deep, cold glacial lake (11 km / 7 m long and 1.6 km / 1 m wide) where you’ll find a variety of lakeside lodges, several RV parks / campgrounds and boat launches. Set up here for a few days and enjoy fishing on the lake or fly-in fishing and lodging at remote cabins. Flightseeing, wildlife viewing, and some relatively easy hiking options are also available.
Some of the most outstanding views of natural beauty anywhere can be experienced at this park. Spectacular folded mountains, bountiful wildlife, brilliantly-colored wildflowers are just a few of the wonders to discover here. In the southern portion of the park, you will see the very impressive geological formations of Folded Mountain towering above the road. Tectonic deformations have folded the limestone giving these mountains their unique appearance. Further along the highway you will have the opportunity to travel across the alluvial fans.
The famed Liard River Hot Springs is said by many to be one of the best stops on the entire Alaska Highway. Located in the Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park north of Muncho Lake, this is one of the few provincial parks that remain open all year round along the Alaska Highway. Even in winter, the waters are hot enough to enjoy a soak in a natural setting.
With improvements in automotive technology, specifically radial tires and higher gas mileage, the number of service facilities on the Alaska High way have actually decreased. Gas stations are placed approximately every 50 miles, although there are still stretches of approximately 100 miles between facilities. Approximately 360,000 tourists drive the highway each year, often driving in one direction and taking the Alaska State Ferry in the other.
Today, the Alaska Highway remains the sole land route to the inner reaches of Alaska.
Mackenzie ... Gateway to Northern Rocky Mountain Adventure
Its tranquil location in the Rocky Mountain Trench provides access to an abundance of year round outdoor recreation.
The four seasons combined with virgin forests, rolling hills, snowcapped mountains and crystal clear lakes and rivers make Chetwynd a playground for the nature lover.
Waterfall Capital of the North! Mother nature has carved out dozens of waterfalls from roadside falls to seculed cascades. The most famous - Kinuseo Falls - is taller than Niagara Falls.
Hudson's Hope is located on the bank of the Peace River in the Rocky Mountain foothills. The local museum's fossil display is the finest collection in the Peace River area.
The Village of Pouce Coupe is a quaint historical Village, located in the northeast corner of BC. The Pouce Coupe Museum offers visitors a chance to journey back to a period long ago, with permanent displays from the very founding of the village.
Your Journey begins here! This is the place! In March of 1942, American troops began their monumental exploits and these are the first days of your Alaska Highway adventure! Stay a while and get to know us and our amazing Pioneer and World War II history.
Mile 35 - KM 56. The community of Taylor is home to Peace Island Park. Surrounded by the back waters of the Pine and the Peace rivers it is truly one of the most beautiful campgrounds in the area.
The Energetic City is located in the heart of the Peace River country. Fort St. John has grown with opportunity since the completion of the Alaska Highway and is now the region's largest service centre.
Gateway to the Northern Rockies. On the edge of the vast Muskwa-Kechika region, also known as the "Serengeti of the North", Fort Nelson visitors are treated to spectacular vistas and the variety of wildlife within it.