Favorite Canadian Memories

I recently posted our Favorite Alaska Memories so now it is time to post our favorite memories of traveling through Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon Territory. We spent 23 nights in Canada and enjoyed the beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife, and friendly Canadian people.

We started our travels in Canada by spending almost a week in Alberta in Banff National Park and Jasper National Park.

We saw lots of wildlife as we drove through British Columbia on the Alaska Highway before arriving in Alaska for the first time.

After a week in Alaska we drove through Canada to Dawson City, Yukon and across the Top of the World Highway before returning to Alaska.

Our journey back to the lower 48 took us along the Cassier Highway through British Columbia.

For a map of our entire journey be sure to check out Our Route. And for a list of all the campgrounds where we stayed check out our Campground List.


Day 26: Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway

Day 26: Monday, June 10, 2013. Northern Lights RV Park, Site 3, Dawson Creek, BC. 240 miles traveled.

Our destination for the day was to reach Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway. As we drove along the highway we searched for wildlife, especially moose. There were no wildlife sightings, but we continued to have spectacular views.

After arriving at the RV park, we drove downtown to see the beginning of the Alaska Highway which begins in Dawson Creek, BC and ends in Fairbanks, Alaska. The highway construction by the US Army Corps of engineers began in March of 1942 and was completed in November, 1942. The purpose of the road was defense and resupply of the Alaskan air fields.

We met a local woman in one of the shops in Dawson Creek who asked us if we were going to Alaska. When we replied yes, she told us “Those soldiers built the highway. God Bless Em.”

Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway! in Dawson Creek, BC
Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway! in Dawson Creek, BC
Historic Mile Zero Marker in downtown Dawson Creek, BC
Historic Mile Zero Marker in downtown Dawson Creek, BC

There are two signs marking Mile Zero. The most famous is theĀ  arch at Mile Zero. The other is in downtown Dawson Creek.