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Dawson Creek, British Columbia - Mile 0 of the Alaskan Hwy

Monday, May 21, 2007: Victoria Day in Canada

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We drive an hour to reach Dawson Creek, BC. Not a scenic drive, but it's short. We do see several elk and a wolf on the way, but this is high prairie and so not real picturesque.

The RV park we pick (actually, I pick) is a dump. We don't realize this til after we pay for two nights, so we're making the best of it. We do all get a laugh when I try to figure out where the creek is that this park supposedly overlooks. I re-read the description "overlooks Dawson Creek" and realize that is the town's name, not an actual creek :-) I also am hoping that their satellite TV hook-up includes Fox so I can watch the finals of American Idol tomorrow night, but they only get 6 stations. Only two of the stations are American, CNN and Speed (yes, they get the NASCAR station as one of their 6 stations).

We drive into town to check out the Dawson Creek visitor center and museum. And of course, GET OUR PHOTO TAKEN AT MILE 0 SIGN FOR THE ALASKAN HIGHWAY!!!
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We watch the hour-long, very detailed (read 'boring') account about building the Alaskan Highway. Jere thought it was very interesting -- to each their own. Then walk to downtown Dawson Creek. They have the original Mile 0 post (re-constructed) downtown so people can have their picture taken beside it without having to walk through a very busy traffic circle (in it's original location).
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And we also take some pics of the Alaska Hotel...very picturesque, but the downtown is kindof dead, as are many downtowns in small towns.
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I collect Christmas ornaments when we travel and am looking for an Alaska Highway ornament. The visitor center said to check out the Mile 0 Gift shop at the Dawson Mall, so we drive over there. The place looks fairly deserted, but we go inside and find that there is no such store as the Mile 0 gift shop. Oh well...

We make a quick stop at a Ducks Unlimited bird sanctuary outside of town and return to the Northern Lights RV Park. And now I'm typing up my blog at 8:30pm and the sun is as bright as mid-afternoon....very odd and I know it's going to keep getting lighter later and later as we continue north.

Posted by jengelman 13:32 Archived in Canada Tagged family_travel

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