The Peace Country and Northern Rockies is the part of Northern British Columbia that lies east of the Rocky Mountains.

CitiesEdit

 
Map of Peace Country and Northern Rockies
  • 1 Chetwynd — Gateway to four provincial parks, two lakes, and several recreational trails, the downtown is adorned by dozens of chainsaw carvings
  • 2 Dawson Creek — Mile zero on the Alaska Highway, it has a number of murals that depict aspects of building the Alaska Highway
  • 3 Hudson's Hope   — A support town for the two nearby hydroelectric dams. Check out the visitor centers at the dams to learn more about the area and the local museum has exhibits on the dinosaur tracks discovered in the area
  • 4 Fort St. John — Established in 1794, it's the oldest European-established settlement in present-day British Columbia and the largest town in the region
  • 5 Fort Nelson — A resources town (forestry, oil and gas), but tourism is becoming more important
  • 6 Tumbler Ridge — Dinosaur tracks, waterfalls, rock formations, hiking and other year-round outdoor activities

Other destinationsEdit

  • 1 Alaska Highway — The nearly 2,400 km journey through the forests and mountains of Northern British Columbia, Yukon and Alaska. "Mile 0" is in Dawson Creek.
  • 2 Muncho Lake Provincial Park — Hiking, fishing, camping and some pretty scenery in the Northern Rockies, and close to Laird River Hot Springs.
  • 3 Williston Lake   — The largest man-made lake in British Columbia.

UnderstandEdit

 
Canola growing in the Peace Country

The southern part of the region — the Peace Country — is flatter and an the upstream extension of the Peace River in neighbouring Alberta. Despite its northerly latitude, it's an important agricultural area. The northern parts are largely undeveloped and much of the land is forested. The western edge of the region is an extension of the Rocky Mountains.

Get inEdit

By carEdit

 
The start of the Alaska Highway

The main highways into the Peace Country and Northern Rockies are Highways 97 and 2.

  • BC Highway 97   connects the region with Prince George and the rest of British Columbia to the south. Heading north as the Alaska Highway, it connects to the Yukon and onwards to Alaska. The drive from Prince George to Dawson Creek is about 4½ hours, and it's about 14 hours from Vancouver to Dawson Creek. The drive from Whitehorse is about 16-17 hours.
  • BC Highway 2   heads southeast to Alberta Peace Country, where it becomes Alberta Highway 43. The drive to Dawson Creek from Grande Prairie is about 1½ hours and it's about 6 hours from Edmonton.

By planeEdit

There are regional airports in Dawson Creek (YDQ IATA) and Fort St. John (North Peace Regional Airport - YXJ IATA). Fort St. John has scheduled direct flights to Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. Flights from Vancouver International Airport can be as low as $170. Be sure to check Air Canada's, Westjet's or Central Mountain Air's websites often and book well in advance.

Get aroundEdit

Car is the principal way to get around. Driving will demand many hours at the wheel. In the summer months, expect at least 14 hours of driving from the border. In the winter months, you will need to bring chains and at be prepared for at least 16 hours of driving.

SeeEdit

 
Muncho Lake
  • Dinosaur Discovery Gallery in Tumbler Ridge has dinosaur exhibits and over 200 million years of biodiversity featuring marine life, plant life, dinosaurs.
  • The Fort Nelson Heritage Museum has a sprawling collection of antique cars and trucks, and exhibits about the building of the Alaska Highway.
  • Fort St. John's Centennial Park is filled with sculpture by festivals twice a year: the Great Canadian Welding Competition in August, and the High on Ice Winter Carnival's ice sculptures in January.
  • Dawson Creek celebrates its role as Mile Zero of the Alaska Hghway with murals spread through the town representing various aspects of the building of the Alaska Highway.
  • Learn about hydroelectricity and tour one of the largest earth-fill structures in the world at the W.A.C. Bennett Dam Visitor Center in Hudson's Hope.

DoEdit

 
Kinuseo Falls

There at least half a dozen provincial parks scattered through the region that offer opportunities for camping, fishing, more hiking, canoeing, wildlife and bird watching, and being along in the wilderness. Some notable ones are:

Stay safeEdit

The Peace Country and Northern Rockies is sparsely populated. If you are driving, ensure that you have enough fuel in your car for your journey, a spare tire, and emergency equipment as it assistance may be far away and take a long time to get to you.

See Dangerous animals#Bears for information on safety in bear country.

Go nextEdit

This region travel guide to Peace Country and Northern Rockies is a usable article. It gives a good overview of the region, its sights, and how to get in, as well as links to the main destinations, whose articles are similarly well developed. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.