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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Alaska Highway > Pouce Coupe

Pouce Coupe
The Village of Pouce Coupe is located 10 km (6 miles) south-east of Dawson Creek on Hwy 2 approximately 35 km (22 miles) north-west of the Alberta border and 122 km (76 miles) to Grand Prairie.

Peace River Regional District
Pouce Coupe is situated very close to the Peace River and is included in the Peace River Regional District. Other communities in the Peace River Regional District include: Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Taylor, Fort St. John and Hudson's Hope, plus numerous unincorporated villages.

'Pioneer Capital of the Peace Region'
Considered the 'The Pioneer Capital of the Peace Region' Pouce Coupe first made its mark in early 1900's as being the first municipality in the Peace Region, incorporated in 1932. During this time Pouce Coupe had a small store and post office assisting travellers and settlers from the rest of Canada and the world.

Railroad Expansion
With the expansion of people and development in the Peace Region, much speculation was the fact that Pouce Coupe would be the selection for a railway station for Northern Alberta Railways (NAR). Unfortunately, Dawson Creek was chosen as the next NAR location with the first trains coming through Pouce Coupe in 1931 from Hythe, Alberta.

Industry around Pouce Coupe
Pouce Coupe has not grown as large as its neighbour Dawson Creek to the north-west but instead has maintained a very low-key, laid-back, friendly atmosphere that you want to experience in a small town. The community's main source of income is agricultural plus the oil and gas industries where you'll find plenty of examples throughout the Peace Region.

Pouce Coupe Museum
The Pouce Coupe Museum is housed in the previous headquarters of the Northern Alberta Railway Station. The building which was built in 1931 will give you an idea of how this part of the Peace Region was established by previous settlers.

The Pouce Coupe River
Walking around you'll find that Pouce Coupe tends to slope south-eastward towards where the Bissette Creek, which flows along its southern border, converges with the Pouce Coupe River. The Pouce Coupe River flows northward along its eastern border towards Alberta.

Wooden Train Trestle
If you're a fan of railway bridges there is a wooden trestle located just south-west of town that Northern Alberta Railways built. Very similar to the construction found at the Kinsol Trestle at Shawnigan Lake, the trestle is located by going south-west on Elevator Road or from 51 Avenue off Hwy 2.

Pouce Coupe Park
There is a small park offering overnight camping downstream from the village on the banks of Bissette Creek and the Pouce Coupe River called Pouce Coupe Park. The park is downstream on Bissette Creek by about 1.5 km (1 mile) from the NCR trestle. Unfortunately, there are no trail systems along the creek that link up from the wooden trestle and the park.

Winter Activities
With the longer winter season in the Peace Region, you'll find a very great selection of outdoor activities. Recreational activities around Pouce Coupe include snow shoeing, cross- country skiing, ice-fishing, snowmobiling, skating and lots of hockey.

Bear Mountain Nordic Ski Association
A good place for you to get started in the winter fun is at Bear Mountain, which is located towards Dawson Creek. The Bear Mountain Nordic Ski Association has set up a number of Nordic ski runs totalling 23 km (14.5 miles) plus a small downhill run for you to enjoy.

Kiskatinaw River
For exploring there is the Kiskatinaw River Provincial Park located only 40 km (25 miles) from Pouce Coupe just north of Dawson Creek off Hwy 97 on the original Alaska Highway. At the Kiskatinaw River Provincial Park there is a campground that features fishing, swimming plus some hiking opportunities where you can find beautiful views of the valley and the historic Kiskatinaw River Bridge a curved wooden trestle still in use built in 1942-43.

Parks in the Area
Swan Lake Provincial Park is located about 20 km south-east of Pouce Coupe very near to the Alberta Border. Sudeten Heritage Park located 4 km west of Swan lake Provincial Park at Tomslake offers a non-reserve campground. For information, telephone (250) 786-5348.

Sudeten Heritage Park
While at Tomslake, make a stop at the Tomslake Sudeten Museum which commemorates the immigration of the Sudeten Germans from a disputed area of Czechoslovakia called Sudetenland. There is a collection of artifacts donated by a group of refugees that escaped from Nazi Germany to Canada in 1939. The museum is located by the cemetery in the north part of Tomslake.

Dawson Creek Airport
Pouce Coupe does not have an airport but you can get service nearby at the Dawson Creek Airport. The airport is situated on Hwy 2 north-west of Pouce Coupe towards Dawson Creek.

For accommodation in Pouce Coupe you can try staying at the Hart Hotel which was built in 1928. The Hart Hotel has a pub, restaurant and a liquor store for all your needs. Telephone: (250) 786-5223. There is also the Pouce Coupe Pioneer Inn which features kitchen units, telephone (250) 786-5241.

Information on Pouce Coupe



Map of Pouce Coupe and Dawson Creek
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Pouce Coupe Prairie
Pouce Coupe Prairie


Pouce Coupe
Pouce Coupe


Pouce Coupe Museum
Pouce Coupe Museum


Northern Alberta Railway Trestle
Northern Alberta Railway Trestle


Northern Alberta Railway Trestle
Northern Alberta Railway Trestle


Historic Hart Hotel
Historic Hart Hotel


Photo of the Kiskatinaw River Bridge
Kiskatinaw River Bridge

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