Northern BC Communities. Cities & Towns of Northern British Columbia: Peace River and Alaska Highway

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Communities of Peace River - Alaska Highway
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Chetwynd | Dawson Creek | Fort Nelson
Fort St. John | Hudson's Hope | Mackenzie
Pouce Coupe | Taylor | Tumbler Ridge


This is a land of fertile valleys, great lakes and rivers, jagged mountain ranges and snowcapped peaks. There are a number of nearby lakes that can offer excellent fishing, boating and camping. Visitors enjoy hiking, biking in the summer and skiing & snowmobiling in the winter. Chetwynd is 310 km (192 mi.) north of Prince George, on Highway 97, 102 km (63 mi.) west of Dawson Creek, 65 km (40 mi.) south of Hudson's Hope and 95 km (59 mi.) north of Tumbler Ridge.

Mile "O" on the famous Alaska Highway. Camping, fishing and hunting are all popular activities in the area as is hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, skiing and snowmobiling. The town itself contains an interesting mix of shops, museums and galleries. Dawson Creek is 102 km ( 63 mi.) north of Chetwynd on Highway 97 and 412 km (256 mi.) northeast of Prince George.

Fort Nelson, named after Admiral Nelson, was established as a fur trading post in 1805. The community came into more prominence after the Alaska Highway was completed. Ribboned with thousands of kikometres of rivers, dotted by hundreds of lakes and crowned by the majestic Rocky Mountains, the area surrounding Fort Nelson is an outdoor enthusiasts delight. Fort Nelson is 381 km (236 mi.) north of Fort St. John on Highway 97 (Alaska Highway) and 454 km (281 mi.) north of Dawson Creek.

The city of Fort St. John is the hub of the Northeast, serving an area population of over 50,000. For the outdoor lover, the areas around Fort St. John abound with endless opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, skiing and more. Fort St. John is 75 km (47 mi.) north of Dason Creek on Highway 97 and 88 km (55 mi.) east of Hudson's Hope on Highway 29.

Hudson's Hope is situated midway between Chetwynd and Ft. St. John along Highway 29. This route that follows the Peace River, is the most scenic in the area. One unique feature in the area is Williston Lake, one of the largest man made lakes, created during the building of the W.A.C. Bennet Dam. Hudson's Hope is 64 km (40 mi.) north of Chetwynd on Highway 29mand 90 km (56 mi.) west of Fort St.John on Highway 29.

The town of Mackenzie was named after the famous explorer Alexander Mackenzie, who camped near the townsite on his epic journey to the Pacific in 1793. Mackenzie, nestled between the Omineca and Rocky Mountains, is know as the "Gateway to Williston Lake" the largest manmade lake in Canada. Mackenzie is 190 km (118 mi.) north of Prince George on Highway 39.

Pouce Coupe is the oldest municipality in the Peace River, it was incorporated in 1932, but the first European settler, Hector Tremblay arrived here in 1898. More settlers came to this region after 1911, when the Edson Trail (from Edson, Alberta) was cut through some 400km (248mi) of wilderness. Pouce Coupe sits on Hwy 2, 10km (6.2mi) from Dawson Creek and approximately 35km (22mi) from the Alberta border

Taylor, at Milepost 37, on the Alaska Hwy, sits on a plateau overlooking the Peace River and valley, and starts as soon as you cross the Peace River Bridge. The early settlers in this region were trappers and farmers, but today Taylor relies on oil, gas, lumber and pulp to keep the economy lively. Taylor on the Alaska Hwy is only 60km(37mi) north of Dawson Creek, and 16km (10mi) from Fort St. John. By road from Vancouver its 1221km (757mi) and to Edmonton, Alberta its 647km (401mi).

Tumbler Ridge is one of B.C.'s newest towns, it was incorporated in 1981, and does not have the typical instant-town look, due to good planning. This town was built to provide a home and community to the employees and families who work at the two big mines. Tumbler Ridge is located on Hwy 27S, (off Hwy 97) 105km (65mi) south of Chetwynd. By road it's 1178km (730mi) to Vancouver, 120km (74mi) to Dawson Creek



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