Historical & Cultural Experiences


The First Nations of Northeast BC have called this area home since time immemorial. Their living culture thrives upon these lands and is evident as you travel through this area. Don’t miss the Indigenous Artists’ Market in Fort St. John to buy locally-made art and walk through the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park to see trees who have been standing with these nations for thousands of years.

Historic sites and experiences dot the Alaska Highway and offer opportunities for history buffs to learn all about its construction. The historic Mile 0 landmark in Dawson Creek is where it all begins and visitors can learn about the area’s history at the N.A.R. Station Museum. Further north, the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum is a must-stop to see artifacts and memorabilia. For those who prefer to walk through history, sections of the old highway are still standing and hikers can wander the old trails of this iconic roadway.

Engineering history was also made in this area of BC where Canada’s first curved, wooden trestle bridge was constructed. Today, you can still drive across the historic Kiskatinaw Bridge. While just outside Dawson Creek, the Pouce Coupe trestle bridge is another engineering marvel along with the W.A.C Bennet Dam.

For those who love palaeontology, Tumbler Ridge is the hot spot to see ancient fossils, dinosaur bones, and the first Tyrannosaur trackway discovery in the world. With new discoveries made every year—from fossils to massive bone collections—visitors can see the past uncovered at the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery.

Uncover the past at historic highway museums and landmarks, see ancient fossils, and learn about the First Nations cultures who call this place home.

Fort Nelson Heritage Museum