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Dawson Creek field
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Dawson Creek

Geography

Dawson Creek is located in the Alberta Plateau near the BC-Alberta border.

This small city lies among rolling hills that make up the southern part of the Peace River country plains landscape. The town is a modest size with a population of 10,994 and is a friendly, community-oriented city. The nearest community is Pouce Coupe on Highway 2, approximately 15km/9mi from Dawson Creek and 35km/22mi from the Alberta border.

The Kiskatinaw River, a tributary to the Peace River and the city's water source, forms a deep valley between Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. The river can be observed from the curved bridge along the old Alaska Highway.

Climate and Weather

This northern community's continental climate is demonstrated with cool falls and springs, warm summers, and winters that range from mild to extremely cold.

Snowfall from October to March averages 1.5m/5ft. April to September temperatures range from average lows of -3.5C/26F to average highs of 22C/71F. November to March temperatures range from average lows of -25C/13F to average highs of -2C/28F. Temperatures can reach as high as 35C/94F in the summer, and as low as -49C/-57F in the winter. Visitors should pack accordingly, especially in winter when temperatures plummet.

The Landscape, Industry and Development

Rich soils in the South Peace area support successful agricultural production, as they are well suited to growing crops such as wheat, canola and grass seeds. More than crop production, the area also supports excellent range for raising livestock including cattle, bison and sheep.

A sedimentary basin underlies the surface in which coal seams and oil and gas reserves are sought after by the mining and oil and gas industries. While coal is mined near Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd, Dawson Creek is a key service center for mining activity.

Regionally, forestry employs up to 1,700 people in harvesting, transportation, and cultivation.

Not to be left behind in this age of global climate change, Dawson Creek is an innovative community exploring new opportunities for sustainable development. A great example is found in the region's open surroundings, which prone to steady wind and which will one day be developed into renewable energy wind farms.