The Alaska Highway is the major transportation corridor through northeastern British Columbia and southern Yukon, and the first road into Alaska from the south. For visitors and residents alike, the Alaska Highway is known for its stunning vistas of mountain ranges, rolling forests and pristine waterways. It is a top destination for outdoor adventure and wildlife watching, and for introducing visitors to the beauty and vastness of our northern landscape.
ALASKA HIGHWAY ROUTES:
The Alaska Highway is the historical gateway to Northern British Columbia, the Yukon and Alaska. Dawson Creek is Mile '0' of this famed highway. The Alaska Highway can be accessed directly by two major road routes from the lower 48.
The east access route is connected through Great Falls, Montana and goes north on highway US15. Much of this highway is divided, the remainder being a primary two-lane paved route with passing lanes throughout. It is open all year-round, with excellent visitor services available. On route you will be travelling through Calgary and Edmonton, both of which are in Alberta. The total distance from Great Falls to Dawson Creek is 866 miles.
The west access route links Interstate 5, Trans-Canada 1, and British Columbia Highway 97 to form the most direct route to Dawson Creek. This is a two-lane primary paved route with passing lanes throughout. It is open year round, and runs through Vancouver and Prince George to reach Dawson Creek. The total distance from Seattle, Washington to Dawson Creek is 817 miles. Both routes are magnificently scenic and have many local attractions, events, and handicrafts of reputable heritage and culture.
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE TO YUKON & ALASKA via Stewart-Cassiar (Highway 16 & 37)
The Stewart-Cassiar Highway is the most northwestern highway in British Columbia. Also known as the Dease Lake Highway, the Stikine Highway, or Highway 37, the road starts at a junction between Smithers and Terrace and winds north to terminate at the Alaska Highway just west of Watson Lake. The turnoff at the Alaska Highway is known as Junction 37.
The highway, an alternative route to Yukon versus The Alaska Highway (Highway 97), offers unparalleled scenery and access to some of the most remote areas of northwest British Columbia. Be sure to stock up in Prince George or at one of the smaller communities en-route before reaching the remote areas.
JASPER TO DAWSON CREEK - Mile "0" of the Alaska Highway
Scenic Route... Jasper National Park to Dawson Creek, BC (Mile ‘0’ of the Alaska Highway) is approximately 524 km. Highway AB 16, AB 40 N and AB 43 W then connects with Highway BC 2 at the British Columbia and Alberta border.
YUKON SIDE ROUTE:
Golden Circle Route... The Original Alaska / Yukon Gold Rush Route
The Golden Circle makes an ideal road trip for 3-5 days .... but you can stay longer if you want! The Golden Circle encompasses Whitehorse, Yukon; Haines Junction, Yukon; Haines, Alaska; Juneau, Alaska; and Skagway, Alaska. The 'circle' can be joined at many points ... whether you're driving south from interior Alaska, or flying into or driving to Whitehorse, or coming north on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry system to Juneau, Haines or Skagway.