August 12, 2012 | Tips from Travellers >
Dawson Creek, Auto/Transportation (Air, Land)
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The Kiskatinaw Curved Wooden Bridge is a section of the original Alaska Highway and a true engineering wonder! The new highway is now rerouted due to safety concerns over heavier commercial activity on the bridge. The Kiskatinaw River stumped engineers because of its sharp turns and steep banks and because of this natural twist and turns of the river, the famous curved bridge was created in 1942 during the construction of the Alaska Highway. This marvel was constructed in only nine months and is still standing strong today.
I frequently take the trip out to the Kiskatinaw curved bridge; it is quite a simple trek! The bridge is located about 25 minutes from Dawson Creek, at mile 21 of the Alaska Highway. All you have to do is travel North on the Alaska Highway (97 North), and on your right hand side there will be a sign notifying you to turn off onto this historic route! The road is a little bumpy, but it is definitely do-able, even if you are in an RV. A lot of people, me included, park off to the side and walk the bridge. I highly recommend this, because the views of the river valley are absolutely breath taking and a must take picture for the photo album. This small detour is worth the history and the views!