April 07, 2010 | Tips from Travellers >
Dawson Creek, Art Galleries & Artists
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One of my favorite places to take our out-of-town visitors is the big brown grain elevator Art Gallery
right in the heart of the city.
Located in the N.A.R. park which is also the home of the Mile "O" Cairn and the Museum and Visitors Center, the Art Gallery is a must see when you come to visit.
The building itself is a renovated grain elevator that was moved to its present location in 1982 by the City of Dawson Creek with the help and support of a group of dedicated Art Society members to save it from demolition.
When you walk in the front doors, you enter the actual belly of the elevator, where the grain was kept all those years ago. I love the original wooden floor.
A ramp was built that spirals up and around the walls to the top. The walls themselves are the gallery space and you simply stroll along, enjoying the art, going higher and higher. At any time, you can stop and peer over the sturdy railing for a great view of the whole space.
The Gallery also has a great gift shop with lots of local treasures. It's a favorite shopping spot for both locals and visitors looking for something hand crafted and unique.
The back staircase of the building is a gallery within a gallery. It is chock full of original photos of the building of the Alaska Highway. Make sure you remember to check it out.
As a side note: there is plenty of RV parking at the N.A.R. park. It's the best place to stop and stretch your legs and explore the city.