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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Alaska Highway > Lower Post

Lower Post
Lower Post is located 23 km (14 miles) south-east of Watson Lake on the Alaska Highway (Yukon Hwy 1/BC Hwy 97) and 189 km (118 miles) north-west of Liard River on BC Hwy 97 at mile post sign 620 on the Alaska Highway.

Hudson's Bay Company
Lower Post has the distinction of being the northern-most community in BC after it was established by an American named Rufus Sylvester, in 1872. Originally called Fort Liard, Hudson's Bay took ownership in 1876 and established other trading posts along the Liard and Dease Rivers. These posts where an important aspect when the Hudson's Bay traded with trappers in the late 1800's and the early 1900's.

Dease River
Lower Post gets the name from being a fur trading post or the 'lower post' in relation to it being around half a mile from the mouth of the Dease River where it flows into the Liard River. 'Upper Post' fur trading post was located upstream on the Dease River

Daylu Dena Council Aboriginal Community
The land in northern BC and parts of the Yukon is the traditional territory of the Kaska Dena First Nations. Lower Post is home to the Daylu Dena Council or previously called the Lower Post First Nation, a member of the Kaska Dena. The former Liard River No.3 Reserve is home to around 115 inhabitants that make up Daylu Dena Council.

Small Community
The road around Lower Post forms a half a circle loop with the Alaska Highway. Most of the small community faces the Liard River to the south. There is no shopping and services found in Lower Post right now but in time a fuel station will be open. For anything, you have to travel 23 km (14 miles) to Watson Lake, Yukon, where there is a larger community of around 1,500 people.

Canoe Trip from Dease River Crossing
For experienced people in the backwoods and who love to canoe or kayak, there is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure trip to Lower Post. Starting north of Dease Lake on Hwy 37 at Dease River Crossing, the trip takes you through the Cassiar Range meandering downstream to Lower Post. Remember this trip is very dangerous and is completely at your own risk.

Dease Lake
For more adventurous people, the canoe trip can be extended from the start of the river where it flows out of the north end of Dease Lake. The 265 km (162 miles) route is comprised of Class 1 and 2 river conditions, with some Class 3 rapids in certain spots. You can usually expect to take about 7-10 days to complete the one-way paddle to Lower Post.

Denetiah Provincial Park
Denetiah Provincial Park is also accessible from Lower Post. This wilderness park can be done by either hiking or horseback riding on the historic Davie Trail. The Davie Trail contains numerous river crossings and must be attempted by only the experienced. The rugged wilderness trail goes from Lower Post to Kwadacha (Fort Ware) and you must be well prepared for all encounters and can be extremely dangerous and is at your own risk.

Bear Country
Just remember if you are enjoying the provincial parks and the countryside around British Columbia, please remember this is bear country. Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions. There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe.

Information on Lower Post

Information on the Yukon



Map of Lower Post
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Lower Post First Nation
Lower Post First Nation


Lower Post First Nation
Future Fuel Station at Lower Post


Dease River at Joe Irwin Lake
Dease River at Joe Irwin Lake


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