BC Road Trip: Alaska Highway by RV

BC Road Trip: Alaska Highway by RV

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With the 75th anniversary of the Alaska Highway in 2017, now is the time to make that dream RV road trip a reality. Start planning with these ideal stops for RVs on the Alaska Highway.

1. Triple “G” Hideaway, Fort Nelson – Mile 300 of the Alaska Highway

The storefront of an old General Store in the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum.

Nelson Heritage Museum. Photo: Andrew Strain

The Triple “G” Hideaway is ideally located near the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum, Art Fraser Park, and the Northern Rockies Visitor Centre. It’s also walking distance to restaurants, banks, and shops.

2. Summit Lake – Mile 375 of the Alaska Highway

A hiker walks through a green landscape on the water at sunset.

A hiker takes in the sunrise at Summit Lake in Stone Mountain Provincial Park, Northern Rockies, British Columbia. Photo: Andrew Strain

Set in a provincial park, Summit Lake campground is a perfect starting point to a multitude of trails, including Flowering Springs, the Summit Tower Road trail, and Summit Peak trail.  The campground sits next to Summit Lake, making it easy to launch a canoe or kayak a few steps from your campfire.

3. Toad River Lodge – Mile 405 of the Alaska Highway

A hiker pauses to take in the views of a snow-covered mountain range.

On the dark side of the upper Toad River Valley. Photo:@winterhawkstudios via Instagram

Accessible from the Alaska Highway, Toad River Lodge is quiet and well serviced (with wi-fi). A lake is located behind the main lodge, and there are lots of trails to explore. Take the Nonda Creek route for a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountain ranges from the top of this radio tower trail. For the more adventurous, launch near Centennial Falls and float the Toad River to the wooden bridge for the afternoon. The canoeing is ranked Class One and Two.

4. Muncho Lake Provincial Park – Mile 456 of the Alaska Highway

Two people stand at the edge of a dock, taking in the mountain views as evening creeps in.

The final pulse of a storm passing over Muncho Lake, Northern British Columbia. Photo: Andrew Strain

Lakeside at Muncho Lake provides the opportunity to plug-in, power up, connect to wi-fi, and treat yourself to a meal at Northern Rockies Lodge, or stay at one of the unserviced provincial park campgrounds (Strawberry Flats or McDonald Campground). Fish Muncho Lake from the shore or by boat and drink in the feeling of peace. Scale the range opposite the lake for a one-of-a-kind view, or explore any of the alluvial fans that open up to the shores of the lake.

5. Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park – Mile 477 of the Alaska Highway

A sprawling wharf sits at the edge of a hot spring, surrounded by vegetation.

The pristine waters of Liard Hot Springs in Northern British Columbia. Photo: Andrew Strain

After a long journey, enjoy a soak at the Liard River Hot Springs. A well-tended provincial park, and easily accessed from the Alaska Highway, Liard River Hot Springs welcomes visitors with the promise of soothing restless legs in the healing waters. A five-minute walk down a boardwalk, skimming the marshy ecosystem, brings you to this incredible sight. The hot springs, in their beautiful natural setting, offer modern change rooms, washrooms, and access points to the water.

Resources to help plan an Alaska Highway road trip:

BC’s Alaska Highway Planning Map

North to Alaska road trip website

The Alaska Highway 75th Anniversary

Featured Image: Rush hour on the Alaska Highway. Photo: Andrew Strain.