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Alaska Highway

Spot mile zero on the historic Alaska Highway

Spanning 2,237 kilometres (1,390 miles), the Alaska Highway is one of the world’s most iconic roadways. Piercing its way through the valleys of the Northern Rockies, this roadway is surrounded by alpine peaks and a never-ending boreal forest. A true bucket list experience.

This highway—constructed in just 8 months—was built to support the efforts of WW2 and connect Mainland USA to Alaska. Beginning at Mile 0 in Dawson Creek and ending in Delta Junction, Alaska, most of this road cuts through the heart of Northeast BC. Every kilometre you drive, expect something new. From wildlife sightings of moose, elk, and bears to scenic viewpoints and incredible campgrounds to spend the night. A trip along this route means pit stops at iconic roadside locales. Road trippers can’t miss the Mile 0 landmark in Dawson Creek, Canada’s first curved, wooden bridge at Kiskatinaw, and a tour of the Fort Nelson Historic Museum. Camping at the jade-coloured Muncho Lake Provincial Park and a soak in Liard River Hot Springs are a few of the other must-stops along the journey.

The more leisurely you can explore, the better. Leave plenty of time to stop and take in the view, put on hiking shoes to wander, spot wildlife, and enjoy the restful sleeps at scenic campsites and iconic roadside lodges.

Mile 0 Alaska Hwy experience route in Northeast BC map

Travel advisories happen. Check DriveBC.com before heading north

The Alaska Highway is a bucket-list road trip for history buffs and adventure seekers alike.