Alaska Highway Project
The Alaska Highway was constructed in 1942-43 from Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Fairbanks, Alaska. In the face of a Japanese invasion, a preliminary road was built through forest and 5 mountain ranges in only 8 months. Groups of US Army engineers working from several starting points built up to 13 km a day.
Why the Alaska Highway Project?
I grew up in Fort Nelson, a very small town along the Alaska Highway. I spent my childhood playing and exploring all over from Fairbanks Alaska to Dawson Creek British Columbia. Since I travel it so frequently and find the visitor centres and guide books so helpful, I wanted to create a space where all of these things come together. The Alaska Highway Project will allow for scholars to explore the history of the Alaska Highway with open discussions so that facts can be represented accurately. This project will also allow for tourists to learn about the history of the highway that was built for World War II in the case of an invasion from the north, but it will also allow them to gain information on what the highway currently looks like and where they can camp, hike and explore.
List of Resources to Help Plan Your Travel
Alaska Highway Timeline of Completion
Accommodations and Attractions from Mile 0 to Mile 1459 of the Alaska Highway
Dawson Creek (0km, 0mi) Full services available. Is home to the mile post ‘0’ due to construction of road over the old sled dog paths. The mile post is located in the centre of town, the local visitor centre will have more information on how to get there.
Kiskatinaw Provincial Park (26km, 16.1mi)28 camp sites, water, firewood, tables and fishing10 km/6.2mi loop road on old Alaska Highway, displays the last standing curved wood bridge from the building of the highway
Peace Island Provincial Park (55km, 34.2mi) Picnic tables and boat launch
Taylor (56km, 34.7mi) Full services available
(71km, 44mi) Free sani-station on the right side of the road going northbound
Fort St. John (75.6km, 46.9mi) Full services available.
Beatton Provincial Park (79.5km, 49mi) 8 km down a side road, 37 camp sites available
Charlie Lake (86km, 53mi) Full services available
Junction with Highway 29 (86km, 53mi) Access the town of Hudson’s Hope and Chetwynd. Access to the W.A.C. Bennet Dam across the Peace River valley
Charlie Lake Provincial Park (86km, 53mi) 538 sites, picnic tables, kitchen shelters, outhouses and RV sani-station
The Shepherd’s Inn (115km, 71.4mi) Convenient store, motel rooms, restaurant, and gas available
Wonowon (162km, 100.6mi) Formerly known as “Blueberry,” Wonowon was the site of a traffic control during World War II, now it has a gas station and convenience store
Buffalo Inn (226km, 140mi) Buffalo Inn has motel rooms, RV park with hookups & laundromat as well as a restaurant
Pink Mountian (226km, 140mi) Convince store and gas available
Sasquatch Crossing Lodge (231.9km, 144.1mi) Cabins, gift shop, and restaurant available here
Beatton River (232.9km, 144.7mi)
Suicide Hill (233.4km, 145mi) Sign displayed in rest area giving history of hill, point of interest
Sikanni Chief River Bridge (256km, 159mi) Spring fishing for grayling. Fall fishing for pike. Campground located after bridge with full or partial hook-ups
Buckinghorse River, Provincial Park (278.4km, 172.9mi) 33 camp sites, tables, toilets, drinking water. Swimming and fishing in river
Buckinghorse River Lodge (279km, 173mi) Free RV parking (no hookups) and restaurant available
Prophet River (364.7km, 226.6mi)
Jackfish CreeK (426km, 264.7mi)
Andy Bailey Regional Park (426km, 264.7mi) Access by 12 km gravel road. Day-use area, 5 campsites, water, picnic tables, toilets, and swimming
Muskwa River Bridge (451km, 280mi) Lowest point on highway 1,000 ft. Muskwa is First Nations for “bear”
Fort Nelson (454km, 282mi) Full services available. This is the true mile 0 of the Alaska / Alcan highway since there was no sled trails past this fur trading post. It was also considered mile 300 of the Alaska highway but due to highway construction, this has changed. The mile 300 post can be found just outside the visitor centre.
Raspberry Creek (495.3km, 307.7mi)
Kledo Creek (509km, 316mi)
Steamboat Creek (516km, 320mi)
Steamboat Mountain Summit (536.6km, 333.4mi) Rest area, toilets, offers great view of the Muskwa River valley
Teetering Rock (548.9km, 341mi) Hiking Trail.
Tetsa River Regional Park (551km, 342mi) 25 sites, water, toilets and firewood. Fishing for grayling and Dolly Varden in the Tetsa River
Tetsa River Bridge #1 (584.6km, 363.3mi) Tetsa #1 Trailhead
Tetsa River Bridge #2 (587.3km, 364.9mi)
Dunedin Trailhead (590.3km, 366mi)
Summit Lake (Stone Mountain) Provincial Campground (57.7km, 371.4mi) 28 camp sites, water, tables, boat launch, hiking trails. Highest point on the Highway at 4,250 ft. Summit Peak trailhead
Erosion Pillars (601.4km, 373.7mi) Hard-rock cores left by erosion and is a 1 km hike
Baba Canyon (605.2km, 376mi) Trailhead
Wokkpash Creek (614.4km, 381.7mi) Hiking trail, 15 km to Wokkpash Lake
Toad River Lodge (647.4km, 402mi) Cabins, RV sites with full hook-ups, restaurant and gas station
Folded Mountain (658km, 408mi) Information sign on geological formations of Folded Mountain describing how the tectonic deformations have folded the limestone
Peterson Creek (678.6km, 421.6mi) Named for Pete Peterson, a local trapper and big game guide, who came to the area in 1933. Many of the local landmarks bear his name such as Mt. Petersen overlooking Muncho Lake and Petersen Creek. He offered guidance to engineers who were building the highway
Muncho Lake (698km, 433mi) Accommodations, gas, and campgrounds
Strawberry Flats Campground (701km, 435mi) 15 camp sites on the shore of Muncho Lake
Northern Rockies Lodge (708km, 439mi) Cabins, hotel, campground, and restaurant
MacDonald Campground (709km, 440mi) 15 camp sites on the shore of Muncho Lake
Viewpoint of Muncho Lake (712km, 442mi) Information signs about Muncho Lake and the Alaska Highway Construction. It is the Historic Mile Marker 463.
Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park (763km, 474mi) Water, toilets, firewood and day-use area. Natural hot springs that is wheelchair accessible. $5 walk in fee per person for those not staying in the park
Contact Creek (909km, 564mi) Rest area. Sign explains that two groups of Army Engineers worked on the highway, one going southwards, the other going north. They met here on September 24th, 1942 which marked the completion of the highway. This is also the first crossing of 7 between the BC and Yukon border
Contact Creek Lodge (912km, 566mi) Gas, motel and RV parking with restaurant
Watson Lake (978km, 607mi)Full services available. It has an interesting visitor centre which allows for signs to be made and then placed for viewing in their ‘Sign Post Forest’
Watson Lake Government Campground (984km, 611mi) 55 sites, water, boat launch, hiking trails, and playground.
Junction of Cassiar Highway 37 and Alaska Highway (HM 649). The Cassiar Highway is a 724km/450 mile long highway that joins the BC towns of Kitwanga, Stewart, Dease Lake with the Alaska Highway. Junction 37 Services. Gas, diesel, propane, groceries, RV dump and water. 867-536-2794
Nugget City (1003km, 623mi) RV sites, fuel, motel, and Cabins
Big Creek Campround (1042km, 647mi) 15 camp sites, toilets, picnic tables, and water pump
Rancheria Hotel/Motel (1100km, 683mi) Visitor facilities and fuel
Rancheria Falls recreationsite (112km, 690mi) Boardwalk into Rancheria River and Falls which is about a 10-minute hike.
Teslin (1243km, 772mi) Full services
The Teslin Tlingit Heritage Center (1248km, 775mi) History of area and exhibits
Teslin Lake Yukon government campground (1258km, 781mi) Camping and Rest Area. 27 camp sites, fishing, swimming, hiking trails, and boat launch
Squanga Lake Yukon government campground (1316km, 817mi) 16 camp sites. Squanga is a First Nations name for the whitefish that are found in the lake
Marsh Lake Yukon government campground (1379km, 856mi) 41 campsites, swimming beach, toilets, tables, kitchen shelter, playground, and hiking trails
Wolf Creek Yukon government campground (1408km, 874mi) 40 camp sites, toilets, tables, kitchen shelter, playground, and hiking trails
Whitehorse (1419km, 881mi) Full services available
Beringia Interpretive Centre (1422km, 883mi) Displays history from the Ice Age as well as interactive exhibits and a sled dog team
Aishihik River (1547km, 961mi) Originally built in 1920 to haul supplies to Silver City, it was rebuilt in 1942 during construction of the Alaska Highway
Aishihik Lake Campground (1547km, 961mi) Campsites, kitchen shelters, picnic tables, and boat launch
Pine Lake Campground (1572km, 976km) 42 sites, shelters, and water
Haines Junction (1578km, 980mi) Full services
Silver City Ruins (1635km, 1015mi) This was an old trading post located on the old wagon road between Whitehorse and Kluane Lake
Tachal Dhal Visitor Information Centre (1648km, 1024mi) Viewing platforms with telescopes available for sheep viewing
Quill Creek (1728km, 1073mi) Site of the old Hudson’s Bay nickel mine which closed in 1973
Canada Customs and Immigration (1873km, 1163mi) Border patrol
Deadman Lake Campground (2010km, 1249mi) Toliets, and boat launch
Lakeview Public Campground (2021km, 1256mi) 8 sites with boat launch
Tok (2114km, 1314mi) Full services
Delta Junction (2288km, 1422mi) Full services
North Pole (2328km, 1446mi) Full services
Fairbanks (2349km, 1459mi) Full services
If You Had More Time, What Would You Add?
If I had more time and was able to switch databases, I would make this editable. I would want Visitor Centres along the route to be able to edit their information and include events going on in their communities. I would also like the timeline to be editable so if scholars ever chose to use this, they would be able to comment and discuss the events featured much like the annotation software that we used throughout English 201. Due to the story map software provided by Grant not working how I wanted, I had to use a different story map software and unfortunately, it did not code into the website so I had to hyper link it. I wish I had some more time to work on this project so that I could create a whole website with different headers for each individual category such as Visitor Centres, Visuals, History and literature.
Thanks for reading! This has been a great experience and hopefully this helps navigate your travels! Enjoy this song “That’s Where I Was Raised, the Alaska Highway’ from a local Fort Nelson artist Chris Gale.