Posted by: cherylyoung | January 30, 2013

Day 78 Welcome to Mile Zero, Dawson Creek B.C





Welcome to Mile Zero! Dawson Creek is the point of origin of the

HistoricAlaska Highway, which stretches 2,400 km north to

Fairbanks in Alaska.

When the geologist, George Mercer Dawson, led his survey party through the

area in 1879, he was delighted with the fertility of the land and

its attractive scenery.

The first permanent white settler established his homesite in 1907.

The Northern Alberta Railway built its terminus east of Dawson Creek in 1931.

Not to be thwarted by this, the folk of Dawson Creek moved their buildings

, both domestic and commercial, to the area near the railhead, the present

location of the townsite.

By 1941, the village population had reached over 500.

That year, because of the bombing of Pearl Harbour, the Americans realized the

need for a western transportation route to Alaska that was not

dependent upon waterways.

Starting in March 1942, and working swiftly from both ends, American Engineer

Troops (10,000) and construction gangs under civilian contractors

(6,000) completed  the Alaska Highway in November 1942.

Overnight, Dawson Creek mushroomed into a boomtown.

Wide blue skies and the seemingly endless rolling foothills

of the Northern Rockies dominates Dawson Creek.

The town is a major transportation centre for the surrounding area,

much of which is agricultural.

Many of Dawson Creek’s residents are dependent on agriculture for their

economy,and Dawson Creek honey is a much sought-after treat.

Honey is available at the Farmer’s Market, along with a selection of

farm produce, on Saturdays from May to September.

This is a friendly city, and the community is well known for the hospitality
afforded the constant stream of visitors who stop to access the services of
The Mile Zero City before beginning the great trek north.
Population: 11,615
Location: The Alaska Highway begins in the Mile 0 City, Dawson Creek, and traverses
almost 1,000 km of diverse terrain before the traveller enters the Yukon Territory.
Dawson Creek is located in the Peace River Regional District, about 41 miles (65 km)
southeast of Fort St John, 258 miles (412 km) northeast of Prince George, 717 miles
(1,198 km) north of Vancouver, and 78 miles (125 km) west of Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Visit the unique and exquisite Art Gallery, located in a renovated grain elevator
relocated to Northern Alberta Railway Park.

Exhibitions feature both local artists as well as travelling collection

s from major galleries.

A picture rental service to residents is also provided.

On the uppermost floor of this building is the Bin Top, which is used for

special meetings and activities for the community.

Visit the Dawson Creek Station Museum, located in downtown Dawson

Creek in the Northern Alberta Railway Park, and housed in the renovated

N.A.R. railway station.

The west side of the building has been historically restored to its former

glory as a railway station, complete with waiting room, office, baggage

room and living quarters.

The east end of the Railway Building contains the geological and

archaeological history of the areas, as well as an impressive wildlife

exhibit set in superbly crafted dioramas.

Among these, one of the most interesting exhibits is the huge mastodon

tusk found in the banks of a nearby river.

Discover the story behind the monumental Alaska Highway.

Visit Alaska Highway House, located by the Mile ‘O’ Post.

Stop in and be amazed by the state-of-the-art technological and imaginativ

e displays that relate the incredible story of yesterday and today.

Winter activities at Bear Mountain, only 5 minutes from downtown, include downhill

and cross-country skiing, as well as snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

The Bear Mountain Nordic Ski Club has over 20 kilometres of groomed cross-country

ski trails. Mountain bikers use these trails in summer.

The Paradise Valley Snowmobile Club has 280 kilometres of trail

s linkingto Tumbler Ridge,

with trails continuing another 200 km past Tumbler Ridge.

Don’t even think of not having your photograph taken at the Mile Zero

signpost in the middle of town!

Located in downtown Dawson Creek at 102nd Avenue and 10th Street,

this monument commemorates Dawson Creek’s role in the building of

the Alaska Highway.

The original post was four feet high and stood where the traffic circle is today –

until hit by a car and broken!

The man-made Rotary Lake at Mile 2 offers summer swimming, a playground, a

BMX trail, and a cook shelter for day use.

Stroll along relaxing pathways at beautiful Kin Park or visit the waterfowl

refuge at McQueen Slough.

A late summer favourite is the Dawson Creek Fall Fair, Exhibition and Pro Rodeo.

Four kilometres off the Alaska Highway on Road 64, near the halfway point

between Dawson’s Creek and Taylor, is the Kiskatinaw Provincial Park,

providing vehicle/tent sites for camping.

The Kiskatinaw River flows along the east side of Dawson Creek, then bends

north around the town toward the park.

Situated right beside the historic bridge on Highway 97, the park provides

river access and good fishing for pike, and possibly bull and rainbow trout,

right near town.

Even better fishing is found on the Peace River, near its confluence

with the Kiskatinaw River.

Harken back to Dawson Creek before the Alaska Highway construction.

Walter Wright Pioneer Village will transport you to a time when Dawson Creek

was a small but active town serving the needs of the agricultural community.

On display are pioneer buildings, a furnished log house, a blacksmith shop, a

trapper’s cabin, and a general store where old-fashioned treats are still available.

Swan Lake Provincial Park is located 30 km south of Dawson Creek, in the

flat prairies along Highway 2 near the Alberta border.

Camping is available.

The small 5-hectare Sudeten Provincial Park offers vehicle/tent sites and

a picnic area on the west side of Highway 2, near Swan Lake Park.

Ready for a paddling adventure?

The Murray River Canoe Route encompasses over 50 km of canoeing, and offers a

fantastic experience.

For a shorter trip suitable for novice canoeists, the Murray River from Kinuseo Falls

to Tumbler Ridge can be canoed in a few hours or a few days, depending on where

you put in and how fast you paddle.

You will need someone to drop you off and pick you up, or leave a vehicle at the end.

Another popular put-in point is at East Pine Provincial Park, where the East Pine River

flows into the Murray 25 km east of Chetwynd.

Golf: Dawson Creek Golf and Country Club is an 18-hole golf course in th

e beautiful Peace River Valley.

Come and play one of the premiere courses in the Peace River area.

Golf Vacations in British Columbia.

See the best of BC when you embark upon one of the many circle tours that take

in Vancouver Island, the Discovery Coast, the Sunshine Coast, the interior winelands

or the remote Northern British Columbia.

The coastal tours involve exciting rail, road and ferry trips, which is half the fun of

travelling in British Columbia.

Scenic highways flank the coast, taking you through charming beachside communities,

rolling farmlands and majestic mountain ranges.

Start your journey here and now, by selecting from one of the Circle Tours,

designed to assist you in planning your journey by road through

beautiful British Columbia.







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