Posted by: cherylyoung | January 18, 2010

Northwestern B.C’s Peace Valley is a magical ride through history

Like much of Northwestern Canada, BC’s Peace River

country owes its early notoriety to fur traders,

gold seekers and several thousand World War II

soldiers.

History books describe the creation of the Alaska

Highway as one of man’s greatest feats of human

determination and ingenuity.

Its construction by the military in 1942 not only opened

commerce to the communities of Canada’s far north,

 but encouraged hardy travellers to seek out new

 opportunities at the foot of the Alaska Highway, in the

rugged outback of the Peace River Valley.

These days, travelling to Northern BC does not require

 the grit and ingenuity of olden days.

The roads are paved, there are roadside restaurants

that serve hot meals, and mechanics where there

once were none.

RV’ers will find an increasing number of campgrounds

with electrical hookups and other specialized amenities.

 Campers can choose from as many as 20 camping areas –

 not counting those enticing wayside stops that make

 “roughing it” a preferred way of travel.

Travellers should keep in mind that while the

“remoteness” of Northern BC is inviting, it also demands

 an extra amount of pre- planning.

Come prepared for those long stretches of road without

 amenities.

Check your gas and know your vehicle. Subscribe an

emergency roadside service and if possible, carry a cell

phone or alternative communications system.

These are common-sense practices that are useful in

any travel situation and will make your vacations in

 BC’s northern areas more comfortable and

“stress-free

The Peace River area offers its own mini “circle tour”

that is accessible from Prince George.

The route takes you through some of the provinces

more pristine countryside, past towns that were forged

 with the introduction of the Alaska Highway and through

 numerous fishing and camping areas.

 It is an easy route for short jaunts to nearby attractions.

Travellers carrying on to the Yukon or Alaska can also

 connect with the Alaska Highway from this route.

Situated 786 km/487 miles from Vancouver at the

 intersection of Highway 97 (the Alaska Highway) and

Highway 16 (the Yellowhead Highway), Prince George

is accessible by any number of directions and modes

 of travel.

If you are coming from Vancouver, you can pick up

Highway 97 in the small town of Cache Creek, the

intersection to Highway 1 (the TransCanada, which you

can join in Vancouver) and Highway 97.

You can also reach Prince George from the Alberta-British

 Columbia border via the Highway 16.

If you plan to take BC Ferries Inside Passage to Prince

 Rupert, you can reach Prince George by rail, plane

 or by car via Highway 16.

Highway 97 north from Prince George to Mackenzie

takes you past several provincial parks and a tempting

number of good fishing areas.

 Forest Service recreation sites dot the Crooked River

area, a bastion for char, rainbow trout, arctic grayling

 and other species of fish. Summit Lake, Bear Lake and

Hart Lake are within easy distance from the

Crooked River Provincial Park, 70 km/43 miles north

 of Prince George.

The town of Mackenzie (190 km/118 miles north of

Prince George) can be reached by taking Highway 97

 north to the turnoff for Highway 39, a short distance

 from Mackenzie. Northwest of Mackenzie is Williston

 Lake and the villages of Germansen Landing and

 Manson Creek.

Self-equipped travellers will find an unlimited number

of gravel roads and camping areas to explore.

Chetwynd is at the crossroads of Highways 97 and 29,

 310km/193 miles northeast of Prince George.

The road takes you over Pine Pass and presents you with

 spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains and

Azouetta Lake.

Chetwynd has a municipal campground with 15 basic

 sites, a tennis court and a sani-station.

Highway 29 south from Chetwynd leads you to the

 community of Tumbler Ridge 105 km/65 miles).

Established less than 20 years ago, it services the coal

 mining industry in the Rocky Mountains.

 The trails around Monkman Provincial Park

 (60 km/37 miles south by gravel road) provide off-road

enjoyment for snowmobilers and skiers in the winter and

mountain bikers and hikers in the summer.

Kiuseo Falls are a well-known attraction at Monkman.

64 km/40 miles north of Chetwynd on Highway 29,

 is Hudson’s Hope and the site of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam,

one of the largest hydro systems of its kind in

North America.

The museum in Hudson’s Hope features fossils that date

 back more than 11 thousand years and give evidence

 to why this area is commonly called “the land of

dinosaurs and dams.”

Fort St. John (88 km/55 miles) was established in 1794

as a trading post, when its population consisted of 12 men,

4 women and 5 children.

Now the largest city on BC’s Alaska Highway, it is a golf

course mecca of the Peace River Valley.

At Fort St. John, your route returns to Highway 97,

 turning south to Dawson Creek (75 km/47 miles).

 This farming area is known for its honey and produce,

which is featured at the town’s farmer’s market each

 Saturday, May through September.

Dawson Creek (not to be confused with Dawson City) is

also known as “Mile O” of the Alaska Highway.

 World War II had a decisive effect on this town, whose

 population grew from 600 to 10,000 in 1942.

A visit to the “Mile 0” cairn is a must as is a walking tour

 of the town’s unusual museums and heritage sites.

Travellers will also enjoy several attractions in the area,

including the Gold Panning Championship in August,

 near Taylor.

 The Dawson Creek Stampede, also in August, i

s legendary, as is its World Class Chuckwagon Racing.

 Contact one of the information centres listed below for

 further information.

From Dawson Creek travellers have a number of routes

to choose from.

You can complete your loop back to Prince George via

Highway 97, or head to Tumbler Ridge via Highway 29.

See you then!

Today’s Blog is brought to you courtesty of

CHERYL YOUNG, REALTOR

VICTORIA BC

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Responses

  1. Hi Cheryl,

    Great feature, thanks for calling attention to our amazing corner of BC. I have to say though that the picture you used of Tumbler Ridge is, well, not Tumbler Ridge but Ridley Island in Prince Rupert. I’d be happy to send you a decent photo if you’d like – Kinuseo Falls perhaps?
    Ray Proulx

    • please do send the picture and since I have never been there yet please let me know shich picture I should remove

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