The Alaska Highway took us through a good part of northeast British Columbia. Starting at Dawson Creek the landscape was prairie like but soon we entered an area known as the Northern Rocky Mountains. Fort Nelson has a wonderful visitor center equipped with wi-fi and a first class dump station. A stop there got us ready for Stone Mountain Provincial Park and Summit Lake.
Arriving a the Summit Lake campground we found a campsite with jaw dropping views. The lake itself is a beautiful color with clear water and a stream running into it right behind our rig. Mountains all around completed the picture. The next day we completed a half day hike up to Spring Flower Lake. Its an alpine lake above the tree line. It was a beautiful trail through wildflowers.
Just down the road from Stone Mountain we drove by Muncho Lake with its 3 campgrounds and more beautiful views. Then we arrived at Liard Hot Springs Provincial Park. The hot springs have been popular for thousands of years. BC Parks has created a comfortable yet rustic experience for visitors. The hot pool is around 125 degrees and the next pool around 103. The pools are surrounded by vegetation with a sandy bottom. Amazingly one can find cooler water just by walking a few yards downstream. The hot pool is extreme and only a few use it but the rest is popular with everyone. The campground at Liard is very nice with well separated sites and lots of big trees. Its only a short walk to the pools.
Upon leaving Liard the highway takes you through a habitat of Wood Bison. This is one of only a few herds of these huge native animals. The wood bison are larger than their plains relatives and very comfortable walking along the highway. The adults can be as large as 1500 pounds. Fortunately we had endless sunshine while we were there. We imagine it could be very dangerous driving at night with these beasts on the road.
This part of the journey ended at Watson Lake, Yukon Territory. Watson Lake is famous for the Signpost Forest. In 1942 a worker on the Alcan Highway project hammered a sign to a post to remember his hometown. People have been adding signs ever since. At last count there were over 72,000 signs from all over the world.
We visited this area June 26 – 30, 2015.