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We left Lac la Hache and headed for the start of the Alaska Highway (better known as the ALCAN) at Dawson Creek, BC. On the way we stopped at Robert's Roost, a very nice campground on the shore of Dragon Lake, near Quesnel, BC. Then on to Mile "0" via Prince George and Hwy 97.

Robert's Roost


We spent four days at Robert's Roost as we toured the surrounding area. The weather was not very nice to us, as it rained on and off, the entire time, but we had fun anyway.


Barkerville is about 50 miles from Quesnel and was originally a gold rush town. It was the largest town in western Canada at the time. It has been recreated and is now a tourist attraction. It is populated by a company of actors that portray life as it was while the gold was available. It is high enough that on average, it gets snowfall once a month. The day we were there, it was rain. Oh well, we had a nice tour of China Town by the young lady shown, ate chinese food for lunch and throughly enjoyed ourselves.

Barkerville - main street Barkerville - snow Barkerville - China Town tour guide

Hoodoos Hoodoos


These hoodoos are a bit less than the ones you see at Bryce NP, but it was fun getting out in the woods to do a little hiking. They are located in a park about 15 miles from Quesnel and easily reached via a trail less than a mile long.

Dawson Creek from the Northern Lights campground


Dawson Creek, BC is the start of the Alaska Highway or Mile "0". This is the city as seen from the Northern Lights campground, a good place to spend a few days before heading up the ALCAN.

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The ALCAN was constructed, starting in 1942, in nine months. This was an engineering miracle. It was constructed by the US Army and civilian companies. The agreement with Canada was that the Canadian portion of it would be turned over to Canada six months after the end of WW II.

Originally, it was just a graded gravel road. It was constructed over a route that allowed the minimum of effort in order to accomplish the task in the minimum amount of time. Later it was turned into a year round road. Today it is paved over its entire length, from Dawson Creek to Delta Junction, a distance of over 1300 miles.

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