April 19, 2010 | Tips from Travellers >
Dawson Creek, Outdoor Activity Tours
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We have found that a great way to spend an enjoyable day with out of town
visitors is to take day trips to showcase the beauty of this part of the world.
One of our favorites is start here in Dawson Creek and drive
(100km/60miles) on Highway 97 to Chetwynd, a small community in the foothills
of the Rocky Mountains. We grab a
coffee, buy the kids an ice cream and take a walk to check out the many amazing
chainsaw art sculptures in the town center.
From there, we head to Hudson's Hope (22km/14miles) on
Highway 29. We always stop at the
museum that was a Hudson's Bay Store and is packed with Dinosaur bones and
fossils and interesting artifacts and history of the region.
Another short little jaunt takes us to the incredible W.A.C.
Bennett Dam and Williston Lake. We
love taking the underground bus tour of the dam. My Dad was a heavy-duty equipment operator during the
construction and the immensity of the project never ceases to amaze. We usually have lunch at the café,
watch the video at the interpretive center and head to the lake for a bit of a
The next leg of the trip is to Fort St. John (86km/53miles)
still on Highway 29. There is
beautiful country on that road. In
Fort St. John, we often stop to grab another coffee and treat and head back to
Dawson Creek on the Alaska Highway.
We always take the short side trip to drive across the historic
curved wooden Kiskatenaw Bridge.
The bridge has been bypassed in order to protect it. It was the only one of it's kind and is
the last original bridge of the Alaska Highway still in use.
Then it's home to an easy dinner and more visiting.