|| british columbia | northern bc
Embarking on a drive trip up the Alaska Highway is an adventure, and you'll want to allow plenty of time to travel this famous two lane road. Our favorite section of the highway in British Columbia is between Watson Lake and Summit Lake – it's fun for kids to see Stone sheep, mountain goats, caribou, and moose right along side of the road. This area is so unpopulated, there's bound to be more wildlife than people in the area.
Dawson Creek –
|Mile 0 – The Alaska Highway extends over 1,400 miles from Dawson Creek to Alaska. It was built in 1942 to bring troops, supplies and equipment to the far north during World War II. Kids will want to stand under the Mile 0 sign, marking the start of the Alaska Highway.
|Walter Wright Pioneer Museum – Imagine settling in Dawson Creek in the early 20th century. Wander through this open air museum, where kids can see a typical wood frame houses (built to withstand the cold winters), the Dawson Creek School, general store, fire station, blacksmith shop, and church.
Fort Nelson Memorial Park – Right on the highway as you're driving through town, you'll see a large playground with picnic tables in the shade, and the Rotary Club Family Splash Park water play area.
Muncho Lake – Muncho Lake is an amazingly clear lake, perfect for fishing, canoeing, skipping stones and wading (swimming might be a bit chilly). It's a beautiful spot to camp, or stay in the Northern Rockies Lodge right on the lake. Click here for more info about the campgrounds and day use areas.
Liard River Hot Springs – This delightful hot springs is a "must stop." The lower pool is a great place for everyone in the family to relax. Also by the parking lot is a playground, and lots of picnic tables. The turnoff from the highway is a sign that says"Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park Campground."
Watson Lake – A few miles up the highway just across the border in Yukon Territory:
|Sign Post Forest – In 1942, when the Alaska Highway was under construction, a worker posted a sign post for his hometown, thousands of miles away. Over the years, people from all over the world have posted signs from their hometowns, more than 65,000 signs. Kids will enjoy looking at all the different signs (and you can make a sign to bring with you to add to the forest).
|Northern Lights Centre – Learn about the fascinating Aurora borealis, or northern lights, produced by particles colliding as they enter the earth's atmosphere, and resulting in dancing lights of red, yellow, blue, and green in the night sky. Watch a 1 hour panoramic movie of northern lights as they appear in the Yukon.
|Lucky Lake – On warm summer days, go for a swim in the lake, which also has a 500 ft. water slide. Sandy beaches are perfect for toddlers, and there are plenty of picnic tables.