The John Hart Highway can be seen as a continuation of the 250 mile long stretch of the Yellowhead Highway that connects Jasper and Prince George. We recommend this as the preferred access route for the Alaska Highway route to the Yukon and Alaska. Driving west from Jasper, the Rocky Mountains remain to the northeast and the Cariboo Mountains loom to the southwest. The road follows the Fraser River through the Rocky Mountain Trench. Watch for large animals, especially in the evening and early morning. We always see moose, caribou, elk, deer, and black bear. There are two rest areas signed for 8 hour parking; one at Mt. Terry Fox, and one about 75 miles east of Prince George (Slim Creek).
North of Prince George, the Hart Highway crosses the Rocky Mountain Trench at the Parsnip River. On clear days the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies appear far to the northeast. The road crosses the Rockies from west to east at Pine Pass. The Rocky Mountain Trench is defined by the Parsnip River and Williston Lake, one of North America's largest man-made reservoirs. To access the lake, drive eighteen miles from the junction to Mackenzie.
Hudson's Hope, Chetwynd, and Tumbler Ridge are aligned along the eastern edge of the plains margin. Each is unique, and we hope you will take time to explore.
The Hart Highway is a good paved road, with a few problem areas in the pass such as broken pavement, narrow shoulders, and sharp curves. Some construction is possible in the pass area. (Miles given from Prince George/Dawson Creek via Highway 97.)
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Mile 0/250: For campgrounds south, east, and west of Prince George see Prince George
Located about four miles north of the bridge. Watch for the red buildings in the trees on the left. Gene and Kelly Clark invite you to camp under the trees in a park-like yard. Quiet, comfortable, affordable and clean. Campground features full and partial hookups, dry sites, tenting, showers, laundry, a sanidump, and motel rooms. Sorry, no pull-throughs. Kitchen facilities are available, and pets are welcome. Daily, weekly, and monthly rates. With all services nearby, this is a great place to relax and plan your next step. Phone 888-956-7081. 3755 Hart Highway, Prince George, BC V2K 2Z4
Mile 6.4/243.6: HARTWAY RV PARK (250) 962-8848
HARTWAY on the left (white buildings) 6.4 miles (10 km) north of the
Nechako River bridge. Northbound, take first left after McDonalds.
There are 40 sites located on beautifully treed land. Three of the
sites are pull-through, and there are also two tent sites. Included
are water, sewage dump, showers, laundry, playground, a modem line,
and cable TV. The showers and laundry are open to the public. Golf is
available nearby. A shopping mall, groceries, several restaurants,
and services are within one km. HARTWAY was recently rated 8.5 by
Woodall's. Open 1 April to 31 October.
Visit the web site to learn more about our scenic, relaxing, full-service RV park and campground. Formerly Salmon Valley Resort. New owners, Robyn and Horst. Phone 250-971-2223, FAX 971-2263. 3885 Salmon Vllley Road, Prince George, BC V2K 5X3 E-mail
Mile 43.9/206.1: Crooked River Provincial Park
Mile 44.8/205.2: GRIZZLY INN (250) 972-4333
"An RV Park. . . Not a Parking Lot." Located at Bear Lake, B.C., GRIZZLY INN has 62 large, treed sites and all of the amenities. Visit the Grizzly Inn web site for more information.
Mile 71.8/178.2: WHISKERS BAY RESORT (250) 565-9591 Beautiful lakeside camping on a sheltered, quiet bay. Some sites have water and electricity. Each cabin has bedding, private bath, and small, fully equipped, kitchen area. Fish off our dock for rainbows, Dolly Varden, ling cod, carp, and whitefish. Explore 14 mile long McLeod Lake, or canoe the Crooked River. Rentals available. Featuring sensational sunsets, wildlife, and lots of hummingbirds. The cafe was closed in 2010. Hot showers and northern hospitality. Terry Hall, General Delivery, McLeod Lake, BC V0J 2G0 FOR SALE
77.7/277.3: Whisker's Bay Provincial Park (nice)
(250) 750-4472 Partial hookup RV sites, tenting, showers, dump
station, motel rooms. Great views and an excellent fishing lake.
Status unknown for 2011. McLeod Lake Campsite new in 2010.
Mile 89.8/160.2: Tudyah Lake Provincial Park Mile 95.2/154.8: MacKenzie Junction Cafe (250) 750-4454 no RV sites or camping Rooms, meals, gas, store, info, propane. Mile 95.2/154.8: Junction and Visitor Centre. Turn west for MacKenzie, BC. Drive 18 miles. Municipal and BC Hydro Campgrounds on Williston Lake. Ask at Visitor Centre about Forest Service campsites on either side of Williston Lake; fishing.
Mile 115/135: Bijoux Falls Provincial Park (day-use). See left photo at top of page. View below is from park entrance.
LAKE LODGE 788-3745
Oversized, wooded, lakeshore tent and RV sites, pull throughs,
showers, laundry, dump station. Cabins, and suites. Hike, fish, scuba
diving, boat launch. Expanded and imporved facilities for 2007.
Mile 143/107: Heart Lake Forest Service Campground (right) has been enlarged and improved and is a beautiful spot to canoe, picnic or camp. There is a campground host.
SILVER SANDS restaurant reopened for 2008 season under new management. Status of campground unknown. 788-0800
CREEK RV PARK
(250) 788-2522 Owned and operated by long time Chetwynd residents
Allan and Lorrie Kinkead. Allan and Lorrie found the beauty of the
foothills and wanted to share it. Located on the beautiful Hart
Highway, 10 miles west of Chetwynd, B.C. and 170 miles north of
Prince George. You'll find Caron Creek RV Park nestled in the heart
of the Rocky Mountain Foothills. Campers can enjoy a short walk to
the Pine River in a wonderful atmosphere shared with wildlife. Moose,
deer, and bear are common in these parts. A place to come where
you'll find yourself relaxed and just enjoying the surroundings. Full
service 30 amp sites; pull throughs. Clean washrooms with free
showers. Shop for antiques, collectibles, and crafts.
(250) 788-2747 Located a few miles south of Chetwynd at Wildmare Creek. There are 50 wooded RV sites, and 32 are long pull-throughs. Others are back-in and tent sites. Full hookups, partial hookup and dry sites, firepits, picnic tables, lots of towering trees. Easy access to frontage road. Also offering hot showers, flush toilets, and pay phone. Nearby Chetwynd is the chain saw sculpture capital of the world. Also close are the coal mine district at Tumbler Ridge, Monkman Provincial Park waterfalls, water recreation at Williston and Moberly Lakes, and tours of the Peace River Dams. Joyce and Bill Vipond welcome you. Write to Box 42, Chetwynd, BC, V0C 1J0
Mile 187.6/62.4: Chetwynd, BC. Junction with the Hudson's Hope Loop, a scenic alternate route to the Alaska Highway at Charlie Lake, and the Monkman Road/Heritage Highway route with access to Tumbler Ridge and Monkman Provincial Park. Mile 187.6/62.4: Windrem Motel (250) 788-9808 Full hook-ups, tent sites, rooms, showers, downtown Chetwynd
Chetwynd's newest and most modern RV park, with many new features. Just east of town on Highway 97, towards Dawson Creek. Visit our web site for complete details.
Mile 189.4/60.6: Junction with Highway 29 south to Tumbler Ridge. Mile 208/42: East Pine Provincial Park (day-use) Mile 250/0: Junction with Alaska Highway. To continue your trip proceed to the Alaska Highway/Dawson Creek section.