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Dawson Creek
Dawson Creek is located 406 km (252 miles) north-east of Prince George at the convergence of Highways 2, 49 and 97, in the Peace River Region. Dawson Creek has the notoriety of being the 'Mile 0' point of Hwy 97, the world-famous Alaska Highway.

Alaska Highway
Built during the 1940's during the WW II by a joint venture between the Canadian and US governments, the Alaska Highway was one of the most amazing engineering feats in road building. Make sure you stop by the 'Mile 0' post and see the most-photographed icon of the Peace Region.

Prairie Farmland
Dawson Creek is situated on the east side of the Rocky Mountains with the geography of being fairly flat, some rolling hills and prairie farmland. The area is typically containing large fields in the cultivation of wheat and other grain products plus other kinds of farming and ranching.

Oil and Natural Gas
The other main industries in Dawson Creek include a high percentage of business and workers involved in the nearby oil and natural gas fields near Taylor and Fort St. John. Lately north-eastern British Columbia and neighbouring Alberta have become boom towns with a great influx of young workers from across Canada.

Dawson Creek Station Museum
If you get a chance, visit the Dawson Creek Museum housed in a 1913 refurbished building of the old Northern Alberta Railway Station. This museum showcases artifacts and pictures depicting the building of the Alaska Highway, local Dawson Creek memorabilia and an excellent wildlife display. It is open full time from May until the end of August with restricted hours the remainder of the year.

Walter Wright Pioneer Village
This four-hectare (ten-acre) sized property will give you a chance to view the past farming history in the previous Dawson Creek era. Set in a beautiful garden setting called 'Gardens North,' the Walter Wright Pioneer Village is often used to help celebrate special events in Dawson Creek.

Dawson Creek Art Gallery
Showcasing the natural wonders of the Peace River Region, the Dawson Creek Art Gallery is another place you'll want to visit. The art gallery is housed in an original wood structure that once served as an Alberta Wheat Pool elevator. You'll find the Dawson Creek Art gallery situated in Heritage Park.

Alaska Hotel
If you do visit Dawson Creek and are looking for the famous Alaska Hotel unfortunately it is now gone because of a fire on September 14, 2012. For more information the Alaska Hotel website is full of information concerning the devastating fire.

Alaska Highway House
One place that is well worth the visit is the Alaska Highway House which is located near 'Mile 0' monument. The artifacts and historic pictures found here describe the complete story behind the building and construction of the monumental Alaska Highway, especially If you are travelling north on the Alaska Highway.

Weather
The weather system in Dawson Creek is usually one of long dry summer nights with a short spring and fall with a generally cold, longer winter with a wind coming off the prairie. You'll find Dawson Creek and the other communities of the Peace Region experience some of BC's colder temperatures during the winter.

Bear Mountain
For wintertime recreational opportunities, the big area for play in the Dawson Creek area is on Bear Mountain. Here you can find 23 km (14 miles) of cross-country ski trails for all levels of experience through a demonstration forest. Also on Bear Mountain are a number of snowmobile routes if you prefer this sport.

Kin Park Walking Path (Dawson Trail)
A good walk is the Dawson Trail through Kin Park. One end of the Dawson Trail starts near Dawson Creek Golf and Country Club and makes its way through Rotary Park, past Michaels and Chamberlain Heritage Nature Parks, through Chamberlain, Barbaree and Peace Parks, eventually ending in Kin Park.

Radar Lake
Bear Mountain also offers horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking in the summer. Nearby Radar Lake on Bear Mountain Road there is a nature park for people who enjoy bird and wildlife watching or just enjoy being out in the bush.

South Peace Community Multiplex
Walking around Dawson Creek you'll notice the new South Peace Community Multiplex has become the focal point for events in Dawson Creek and Peace Region. Complete with the Lakota Agri-Centre, Kenn Borek Aquatic Leisure Centre and the EnCana Centre, the new multiplex will be able to accommodate up to 6,500 people for equestrian, livestock and rodeo activities.

Dawson Creek Exhibition Association
For those of you who enjoy a good rodeo compared to the Calgary Stampede, you'll have to visit Dawson Creek in August for the Dawson Creek Exhibition. Complete with a chuckwagon race, fair, exhibits, parade, entertainment and special events, the exhibition will surely please you.

Peace River Regional District
Other Peace River Regional District communities close by to Dawson Creek worth visiting include: Fort St. John north-west on Hwy 97, the Alaska Highway; Chetwynd to the south-west Tumbler Ridge to the south; and Pouce Coupe just to the south-east on Hwy 2 near the Alberta border.

Be 'Bear Aware'
Please remember if you do happen to be in the bush or along trails that there could be bears in the immediate area. Please take the usual precautions such as carrying a high-quality pepper spray, travel in groups and watch and control your dog along the trails.

Information on Dawson Creek

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Map of Dawson Creek
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'Mile 0' - Alaska Highway
'Mile 0' - Alaska Highway

 

NAR Park
NAR Park

 

Walter Wright Pioneer Museum
Walter Wright Pioneer Museum

 

Dawson Creek Museum and Art Gallery
Dawson Creek Museum and Art Gallery

 

Alaska Hotel
Alaska Hotel before September 14, 2012

 

Alaska Highway House
Alaska Highway House

 

Dawson Creek Grain Elevator
Dawson Creek Grain Elevator

 

Kin Park Walking Path (Dawson Trail)
Dawson Trail

 

Dawson Creek
Dawson Creek

 

Dawson Creek Visitor Centre
Dawson Creek Visitor Centre

 

Towards Rolla
Towards Rolla

 

 

 
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