Snow tire weather has finally ended and road trip season has begun. If you’re like most of us Vancouverites you’ve definitely been up to Whistler, and maybe you’ve gone as far north as Pemby, but have ever you ventured farther?
BC is huge. If this was Europe you could literally drive through four different countries in the time it takes to drive across our province. So maybe it’s time we take off for a few days and start exploring the vastness of own extremely large backyard.
If you want to see wildlife, untouched mountains, and huge open wilderness here’s our guide to the BC portion of the world renowned Alaska Highway.
Mile 0 Alaska Highway, Dawson Creek
Northern adventures continue! I saw northern lights, I can’t get over it!😜 Next time we’re gonna venture further, there’s a lot to explore here, such a different country. . . . . . #stillhere #dawsoncreek #alaskahighway #itscoldhere #snow #dirt #adventure #jump #middleofnowhere #ExploreBC #alberta #gooutside #wanderlust #instagood #motochick #pink #girlswhohike #estonian #prairies #truenorth #Canada
The highway begins in Dawson Creek, BC. There you can start off your trip right by taking a ceremonial first selfie at the Mile 0 sign post. Spend the day relaxing and soaking up some knowledge about the Highway’s 75-year history at the Alaska Highway House. If you’re not too tired from the drive up, try to stay up late to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights as they’re particularly visible in the area.
Distance: 1190km from Vancouver
Driving Time: 13 hours
Kiskatinaw Provincial Park
Who doesn’t love a good trestle bridge right? The drive from Dawson Creek to Kiskatinaw Provincial Park will lead you to one of the longest curved wood trestle bridges in North America. There’s a certain thrill that accompanies driving across a 75-year-old wood structure. Not only is the bridge one of the last remaining structures of the original highway, it’s also one of the last of it’s kind still in use today. Camping is available in the park, but if you want to keep driving make you sure you at least stop to stretch your legs and take some photos because this bridge is seriously Instaworthy.
Distance: 220km from Dawson Creek
Driving Time: 3 hours
The #kiskatinawbridge, constructed in 1942-43 out of timber trusses. This 9 month project took place on the #originalAlaskaHighway. It is the first curved wooden bridge built in Canada and the only curved wooden bridge remaining in service. #bchistory #explorebc #explorecanada #timbertrestle #kiskatinawriver #kiskatinawprovincialpark #northernbc #getoutside #beautifulbritishcolumbia #megastructure #bcinfrastructure
Stone Mountain Provincial Park
Photo by BC #guestagrammer @wildnorthphotos: Stone Mountain Provincial Park is full of great hiking trails. This is Baba Canyon right next to the Alaska Highway. In the winter the canyon turns into a beautiful blue glacier that makes it a great place to explore. The trail is about 5 km long so bring ice cleats and snowshoes if you plan on doing some winter hiking in the area. #exploreBC #exploreCanada #TravelNorthernBC #BCparks
When you arrive in Stone Mountain Provincial Park you will not want to leave. With so much local hiking, wildlife viewing, and fishing you’ll have to plan your time carefully to squeeze in everything on your bucket list. Nearby attractions include the Summit Peak Trail, Baba Canyon, Summit Lake and so much more. Vehicle-accessible camping is available at Summit Lake, just off the highway.
Distance: 550km from Kiskatinaw Provincial Park
Driving Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Muncho Lake Provincial Park
You can’t miss Muncho Lake from the highway, the 12km long basin is easily accessible and its jade-green water and mountainous surroundings make it a picturesque place to stop! Despite its accessibility you won’t find crowds this far north, making it the perfect location to escape from the city and just relax. Set up camp and spend a few days exploring. Go trout fishing, and keep an eye out for Stone sheep along the highway.
Distance: 100km from Stone Mountain Provincial Park
Driving Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Liard River Hot Springs
Close to the BC/Yukon borderthe Liard hot springs are the perfect place to veg out and give your muscles the treatment they deserve after a long stint of driving and adventuring. Admission is just $5 for adults and we can promise you it will be worth every penny.
Distance: 65km from Muncho Lake
Driving Time: 45 minutes