Category Archives: British Columbia

Lower Post, British Columbia City Profile

Lower Post, British Columbia is an aboriginal community up in Northern British Columbia.  Its located along the Alaska Highway and is a beautiful area to be in during the Summer months.  Before it was a town, it was a great fishing spot along with a crossing (early road systems) and a meeting place for people.  It has a diverse population due to the fact that people from all over would come meet at this place and eventually settled there.  Kaska is the rare language spoken by a few of the aboriginals.  There are no government services in Lower Post and the citizens use services from nearby Watson Lake, Yukon (about 15 miles Northwest).  I find the sharp increase in population interesting considering just 10 years ago there were 28 people and 5 years later there was 113.

Population: 113+
Elevation: 1800ft
Website: http://www.gov.bc.ca/arr/firstnation/kaska_nation/default.html
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Things to Do

  • Good Fishing Spots

Places to Stay

  • Big Horn Hotel

 

Fort St. John, British Columbia City Profile

Here we have another city which has been located in several different places. This one has moved mainly due to economic reasons rather than mother nature. The temperatures get pretty crazy here with highs in the 90’s and lows getting down below -60. That kind of weather is no joke. It’s located east of the Rocky Mountains which is probably a main factor in the temperatures getting so crazy. Fort St. John gets over 70 inches of snow every year. I bet they don’t close their schools down with an inch of snow on the ground.  The population is very large for this part of the world so you are going to have most of the amenities that you could ever need here. The airport has flights to Vancouver, Dawson Creek, Edmonton, Fort Nelson, Prince George, and Calgary. There are not flights to Alaska at this time unfortunately.

Population: 18,609
Elevation: 2,260 feet (690m)
Website: www.fortstjohn.ca
Newspaper:  Fort St. John’s Alaska Highway News

Things to do in the City

Places to Stay

  • Econo Lodge
  • Pomeroy Hotel
  • Quality Inn Northern Grand Hotel
  • Pomeroy Inn & Suites
  • Howard Johnson
  • Northwoods Inn
  • Super 8 Fort St. John
  • The Grande Haven
  • Vlad Motor Inn
  • Lakeview Inn & Suites
  • Cedar Lodge Motor Inn
  • Best Western Coachman Inn
  • Condill Hotel – Pub
  • Caravan Motel
  • The Roost Motel
  • Four Seasons Motor Inn
  • Blue Belle Motel

Fort Nelson, British Columbia City Profile

Fort Nelson is largest town in British Columbia’s Northeastern corner.  It was established back in 1805 as a trading post.  North West Company used it for fur trading in the late 1700′s and early 1800′s.  Fort Nelson is actually in its fifth location because of mother nature (fires and floods) and feuds that got out of control.  The airport here played a valuable role for allies during World War II.  Fort Nelson was also the original beginning to the Alaska Highway as there was already a previously existing road from Fort Saint John.  Once the Alaska Highway was opened to the public after the Second World War was over a community started to grow.  The airport they have there really grew the population as it’s now used as one of the hubs for oil, gas, and lumber in the region.

Population: 3,902
Elevation: 1,350ft (410m)
Website: www.northernrockies.ca
News: The Fort Nelson News

Things to do (In Town)

  • Poplar Hills Golf Course
  • Fort Nelson Demonstration Trails
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Amazing Wildlife
  • Heritage Centre

Things to do (In the Area)

  • Liard Hot Springs
  • Northern Rocky Mountain Provincial Park
  • Smith River Falls
  • Wokkpash Recreation Area
  • Muncho Lake
  • Rafting on the Liard River

Hotels

  • Super 8
  • Ramada Limited
  • Lakeview Inn and Suites
  • Woodlands Inn
  • Fort Nelson Hotel
  • Blue Bell Inn
  • Ramada Limited
  • Shannon Motel
  • Provincial Motel

Restaurants

  • Boston Pizza
  • Subway
  • Triple G Hideaway
  • P & T Restaurant
  • Fort Pizza
  • Backroads Sport & Grill
  • Mama & Papa’s Cafe

Fort Halkett, British Columbia City Profile

Population: Abandoned Population Place
Elevation: 474m
Website:
News:

There is not a whole lot of info on this area.  I added it because of the Fort Halkett Provincial Park.  Unfortunately at this time the park is closed because of a huge wildfire they had come through the entire area.  Its located where the Smith River and Liard River come together.  Its near km 820 on the Alaska Highway.  The biggest attraction at this place is the Smith River Falls.  This is a 10 story 30ft wide waterfall which plunges into a deep pool.  It makes a crazy loud thunderous sound when it hits the bottom too.   You can easily reach these falls by car and you can also see the original site of Fort Halkett (originally a Hudson Bay Trading Company outpost).

Dease Lake, British Columbia Community Profile

Dease Lake is a small community in Northern British Columbia located along the Dease River and only a couple of hours from the Yukon border. Its actually located at the direct south end of Dease Lake (which is actually 2 miles across at its widest).   There has been a gold rush in the area in the past.  This was apart of the Cassair Gold Rush.  Numerous Ghost Towns and former sites are scattered around its shores, including Laketon and Centre City.  The town is named after Peter Dease who worked for the Hudson Bay Trading Company.  The town itself has a school, several stores, fuel and service stations, hotels, a restaurant and a pub, and a college campus.  Grayling, Char, Burbot, and Whitefish are the most popular fishing in the area.  You will find plenty to go around for sure.

This is one of the coolest small towns in Canada.  Its virtually unknown to those other than Americans/Canadians. Some interesting drives that you might consider if you are staying longer in Dease Lake would be the road to Telegraph Creek which is located on the Stikine River. The drive is gorgeous and you will not be disappointed. You should definitely take Dease Lake Avenue out to Dease Lake even if you are just passing through. There are also several mines in the area that you might be able to get to.

Population: 303
Elevation: 2624ft (800m)

Things to Do

  • Guided Fishing & Hunting
  • Wilderness Adventure Travel

Places to Stay

  • Red Goat Lodge
  • Northway Motor Inn
  • Dease River Crossing Campground

Food to Eat

  • Mama Z’s – Jade Boulder Cafe

Dawson Creek, British Columbia – City Profile

While a large portion of British Columbia lives on the western side of the Rocky Mountains, there are still those towns in the East. The be more exact Dawson Creek is actually east of all the mountain ranges and sits in a prairie.  Considering that most of British Columbia lives inside the large Rocky Mountain Range it’s definitely not like most of the other cities in the Province.  The temperatures are fairly extreme getting as low as -50 degrees farenheit into the mid-90’s.

Population: 11,583
Elevation: 2,182 feet (665m)
Website: www.dawsoncreek.ca
Newspaper: The Dawson Creek Daily News | Fort St. John’s Alaska Highway News
Radio: AM 890, FM 104.1

Things to Do

  • Kiskarinaw Bridge
  • Art Gallery
  • Northern Alberta Railway Park
  • Walking Trails
  • Rotary Lake and Park
  • Senior’s Community Park
  • Bear Mountain Ski Hill
  • Down Town Mural Project
  • Alaska Highway House
  • Farmer’s Market

Places to Stay

  • Days Inn
  • Pomeroy Inn & Suites Dawson Creek
  • Best Western Dawson Creek Inn
  • Comfort Inn
  • Peace Villa Motel
  • Aurora Park Inn & Suites
  • Ramada Inn Limited Dawson Creek
  • The Lodge Motor Inn
  • Super 8
  • George Dawson Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dawson Creek
  • Sunset Ranch B&B
  • Rising Moon B&B
  • Inn on the Creek
  • Northern Lights B&B
  • Travellers Inn
  • Alaska Hotel

Food to Eat

  • Browns Social House
  • Orion Restaurant
  • Cups Tea and Cakes
  • Mr. Mikes West Coast Grill
  • Le’s Restaurant
  • Noodle Hut
  • Dawson Co-op Cafeteria
  • Sola’s Bar & Grill
  • The Lodge Cafe
  • Hug A Mug
  • Airport Cafe
  • Boston Pizza
  • Rockwells Pub Club
  • Cafe Europa
  • Meng Fan