Starting in the prairie town of Dawson Creek, the highway crosses several major rivers as it follows the plains boundary of the Rocky Mountains. Unlike other boundaries to the south, the northern segment slopes upwards to the west, then drops abruptly as a steep escarpment to the Prophet River Valley. This escarpment can be seen west of Fort Nelson, after the highway turns briefly southward, as the profile on Indian Head Mountain. When the highway was built in 1942 there was no bridge over the Peace River, so supplies and equipment were hauled across the ice and up a frozen winter track to Fort Nelson. This had to be accomplished before the spring thaw broke the ice, and it was a dramatic race against time. Once everything was staged at Fort Nelson, construction started, heading west to Whitehorse and south towards Dawson Creek.
West of Fort Nelson the highway climbs through the foothills and into the Rocky Mountains. Highest point on the highway is at Summit (4250'); lowest at the Muskwa River bridge in Fort Nelson (1000'). Since the Liard River cuts through the mountains on its way to the MacKenzie system, the continental divide is miles to the west, in the Yukon. In the mountains watch for wildlife on the road, especially stone sheep and, early and late in the season, caribou. There are many interesting viewpoints and info panels, and must-see attractions like Muncho Lake, Smith River Falls (right), Whirlpool Canyon, and, of course, the Hot Springs. The highway through the mountains is in good condition, but watch for construction areas. After Liard Hot Springs, the highway enters the Liard Plain and follows a succession of river valleys to Watson Lake. The Cassiar Mountains are visible far to the south.
IMPORTANT: This list uses "Historical Miles" that are also addresses of businesses. Kilometer posts are set along road, with an occasional Historical Mile marker. "Actual Miles" can derived by multiplying kilometers by .6, but there is a discrepancy due to years of rerouting that grows to about 30 miles by Beaver Creek.
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For campgrounds from Mile 0 to mile 72 see the Dawson Creek page.
Mile 72: THE SHEPHERD'S INN (250) 827-3676
oasis on the Alaska Highway," located at mile 72. We specialize
in making folks feel at home, offering regular and breakfast
specials, complete lunch and dinner menu, low-fat buffalo burgers,
home made soups and rolls, breads, biscuits, muffins, pies, and
trapper's bannock. Cool drinks. Caravans and bus tours are welcome;
reserve your stop-break. There are 23 clean, modern rooms with TV.
Ideal for families. Shop for local crafts and gifts.
Mile 89: Inga Lake Campsite
North of Shepherd's Inn you start to get a feel for the great expanse traversed by the Alaska Highway, but be sure to watch for wandering livestock and moose.
Mile 101: BLUEBERRY ESSO (250) 772-3363 During the war years, the U.S. Army operated Blueberry Control Gate at the community now known as Wonowon. This checkpoint was open 24 hours a day to serve highway traffic. Blueberry Esso continues this tradition of service with gas, diesel, a food store, 21 modern sleeping and housekeeping units, colour TV, family rooms and family rates. The store has a full line of groceries, souvenirs, ice, ice cream, fresh meat, and produce. RV parking is permitted. Mile 101, Alaska Hwy, Wonowon, BC V0C 2N0
Mile 102: NOMADIC CAMP (250) 772-3340 Nomadic Catering Ltd. serves the oil and resource industries with a fifty man camp. Cafe, home cooking, motel rooms, winter plug-ins. The campground has over 20 sites with water, sewer, electricity, and tent sites. Showers and laundry are also available. Write: Box 102, Wonowon, BC V0C 2N0
143: PINK MOUNTAIN CAMPSITE
AND RV PARK
Mile 143: PINK MOUNTAIN MOTOR INN (250) 772-3234 A peaceful, relaxing stop between Fort St. John and Fort Nelson. Stop and enjoy our beautiful view. Laundromat. Our 36 room motel is modern, clean, and affordable. The lounge and restaurant feature home made meals. Fill up with Esso products. Open 6 am to midnight. Jimmy Lee, manager. Write: Mile 143, Alaska Highway, Pink Mt., BC V0C 2B0
Mile 147: SASQUATCH CROSSING (250) 772-3220
to Sasquatch Crossing, located on the right just four miles north of
Pink Mountain. We have RV sites, showers, laundry, a sanidump, rooms,
gas and diesel, and a great views of the Rocky Mountains and Pink
Mountain Valley. Link above for more information.
RIVER RV PARK (250) 772-5400 Stay
at our picturesque RV park and campground, featuring level sites,
easy access, pull throughs, full and partial hookups, 20 amp service,
sanidump, grassy shaded tent sites, picnic tables, fire rings and
landscaped grounds. Our cabins are clean and modern kitchenettes. Gas
up and shop for souvenirs, gifts, supplies, drinks, and munchies. We
have hot showers, modern washrooms, a laundromat, and public phone.
Fish in the Sikinni River, hike, do some rock-hounding, and ask for
directions to the scenic falls. Halfway between Ft. St. John and Ft. Nelson.
Mile 171: Road to Sikanni Chief Falls. Drive in 10.5 miles. Bear left at the Y. Gravel road in fair condition. Marked as an oil co. road on highway. Mile-long trail is steep at start, then level. Watch for bears.
Mile 175: Buckinghorse River Provincial Park
Mile 175: BUCKINGHORSE RIVER LODGE (250) 773-6468
Located at mile 175, exactly half way between Fort St. John and Fort Nelson. There are large parking sites and free camping. Modern motel rooms, cafe, ice, ice cream, gas, propane and diesel, showers, phone, picnic area, and great scenery. Hike, fish, and relax in the friendly atmosphere. Trail rides. Bus tours welcome by reservation. Free Hi-Speed Internet. Lodge personnel care for the nearby Provincial Park Campground.
Mile 219: Prophet River Campground. Picnic tables have been removed.
Mile 233: Neighbor's Inn (250) 773-6473 Snacks, gas, RV park.
Mile 292: Fort Nelson Fifth Wheel RV Park and Truck Stop Closed
Mile 300: BLUE BELL INN (250) 774-6961
on your left as you enter Fort Nelson. BLUE BELL INN is a modern
motel with 57 air-conditioned rooms. Full hookup RV facilities, plug
ins, showers, laundry, convenience store, ice, dump station. We have
gas and diesel. Store open 6 am to 11 pm, all year. WI-FI
PIONEER MOTEL (250) 774-5800. FOR SALE
located in Fort Nelson. Walk to shopping and attractions. Twelve
moel units, some with kitchenettes. Cozy cabins. Full hookup stalls,
dry sites, pull-through, showers, laundry, dump station. Pets welcome.
through Fort Nelson, past the Tourist Information Centre and Museum,
look for WESTEND on the left, two blocks from downtown. There
are 160 RV sites, most with full or partial hookups. Pull- throughs,
grassy tent sites, cable TV, picnic tables, BBQ pits, laundromat,
ice, dump station, hot showers, pay phones, hi-speed Internet,
confectionery items, pressure car/RV wash, RV supplies, gifts, and
souvenirs. Check out the wildlife display and shop for furs and local
native crafts. New "old west" restaurant and saloon now
open. New owners in 2010: Glenda and Barry Simpson.
Mile 364: Tetsa River Provincial Park
At Tetsa River Services we were privileged to meet and visit with Troy Hise, author of the poem that starts "Winding in and winding out." Troy and his wife cruise the highway promoting products that display the poem.
Mile 375: TETSA RIVER SERVICES (250) 774-1005)
Andrews and family invite you to visit their ranch in the foothills
of the Canadian Rockies, where the sky, air, and streams are still
clean, clear, and beautiful. Comfortable frontier style log cabins.
Partial hookups, pull-throughs, tents, rooms, meals, showers, dump
station, gas, bakery, trail rides. Click on name above for more info.
Mile 392: Summit Lake Provincial Campground
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