Alaska Trip Day 32

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We left the motel at 7:00AM the skies were cloudy and light sprinkles.  We put on our rain suits and got a tank of gas.  Just a few minutes after we left it started to rain hard.  The next 130 miles were all rain, the temp started at 50 and got down to 43 again today.  We stop at a small gas station and got fuel and had a break.  Just before that I got a FI warning light on the bike, it usually means the O2 sensor is going bad.  It stayed on until I refueled the bike and when I started the bike again the warning light went away.  I repaired the safety chain yesterday with a link that I bought at the hardware store it should be ok now.  On the way from the second fuel stop a trucked rounded a small turn and as he approached us two of his rear tires came off.  They were heading straight for us in our lane.  I slowed up and the tires continued across the lane and went into the ditch.  Ten seconds difference and we would have been creamed.  We arrived at Dawson Creek and have checked it to a motel and will be here for on night.  Got a few pictures today.

Dale

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Stay at  Dawson Creek

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Northern Alberta Railway Park (N.A.R. Park)
NAR Park is the true “Mile 0” of the Alaska Highway. Within this four acre parcel you will find the Mile Zero Cairn, Dawson Creek Station Museum, Dawson Creek Art Gallery and the Dawson Creek Visitor Centre.  The gift shop in the Visitor Centre carries a variety of souvenirs, postcards, clothing, books and videos relating to Dawson Creek and Mile 0. Public washroom facilities and pay phones are on site. Also, there are plenty of paved parking spots available.

South Peace Historical Society Railway Station Museum

Housed in the original 1931 Northern Alberta Railway Station, this historic museum offers a glimpse into the notable past of Dawson Creek. Railway memorabilia, pioneer artefacts and wildlife displays and a video showing entitled The Alaska Highway, 1942 - 1992 are all here! A “must see” in Dawson Creek! . Bus and group tours are very welcome at the Station Museum. Reservations are recommended. For more information please call....250-782-9595  or email info@tourismdawsoncreek.com.

Visitor Centre
knowledgeable counselors are on site, trained to assist visitors and residents with inquiries about our community, region and province. We will enhance your stay by providing information on opportunities for adventure along the way. The Visitor Centre has information on attractions points of interest, and local events. We also are updated daily on weather forecasts, road conditions, and any other important information. The Dawson Creek Visitor Centre is operated by Tourism Dawson Creek in cooperation with Tourism British Columbia. We are eager to share our friendly and helpful service.

Art Gallery
The Dawson Creek Art Gallery is as unique as they come! Located in the Northern Alberta Railway Park, the gallery is housed in a renovated grain elevator annex. Year round exhibitions feature both local artists as well as traveling collections from major provincial and national galleries.Also in the building is an impressive photo exhibit of the building of the Alaska Highway. The gallery’s “Northern Treasures Gift Shop” offers a wide variety of local products from our artisans and craftsmen. Bus and group tours are very welcome with reservations recommended. Public washrooms are available.Learn more ....
 

Hours of Operation:

Summer Hours: May 25 – Sept 3: 9am - 5pm, Daily
Winter Hours: Sept 4 – May 24: 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Friday 10am - 4pm Saturday and Sunday

Mile Zero Post
The Mile Zero Post is located one block due south of the Station Museum in downtown Dawson Creek. The post symbolizes our designation as Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway. While downtown, spend some time and explore some of Dawson Creek’s unique stores and restaurants. Your photograph on the Mile 0 Post is a “must do” for a great take home memory!

Real McCoy Carriage Tours

Get out of your vehicle, and experience Dawson Creek sights by a horse-drawn carriage. Step aboard McCoy Brothers’ twenty-two seat trolley and share in the memorable moments and the lore of Dawson Creek’s past, present and future. For more information follow the link.

 

The South Peace Community Multiplex will be a fantastic facility that will be the center of attraction for the community and region.

 

Farmers’ Market


Pure food, pure enjoyment! The Farmers’ Market is a favorite activity and major attraction for visitors and residents alike. Local farmers offer a wide variety of locally grown produce as well as baked goods, preserves and fresh eggs. Enjoy homemade jewelry, soaps and furniture all made by the people of the Peace.

Hours of Operation: May 1 – October 11: Saturdays 8:30am – 12 :30pm


Stone Cairn Marker
Located on the Southeast corner of the Northern Alberta Railway Park, this cairn officially marks the beginning of the Alaska Highway. Take your picture standing underneath the “You Are Now Entering the World Famous Alaska Highway” sign and capture the spirit of adventure as you begin your Alaska Highway experience!


Mile Zero Park
Mile Zero Park is located at mile one of the Alaska Highway, near the junction of Highway 97 South and the Alaska Highway. Included in this park are Walter Wright Pioneer Village, Rotary Lake and the fabulous horticultural features of “Gardens North”.

Gardens North

Enhancing the entrance of the Walter Wright Pioneer Village is one of eleven spectacular themed gardens that make up “Gardens North.” Developed for the village by the Dawson Creek Horticultural Society, these gardens and the impressive memorial rose garden are just one of our city’s great photo opportunities. A wide range of perennials, shrubs, trees and annuals will dazzle your senses with colors and fragrances.

Walter Wright Pioneer Village
This historic village portrays a theme of Dawson Creek before the Alaska Highway construction period. It will transport you to the time when our community was on the edge of the frontier. While at the village, stroll around the fields and view farm machinery from our past. Also on-site is Sudeten Hal. This building is a tribute to the Sudeten people of Germany who came to our area in 1939, fleeing Hitler’s army. Bus and group tours are very welcome at the village. Reservations are recommended. Public washrooms are available.

 

Rotary Lake


This outdoor man-made lake is unique to the entire Peace Region. Used for summer swimming and the annual Polar Bear Swim, this is a perfect place for picnics, beach volleyball, BBQing and other outdoor fun. The lake has NO lifeguard. In the summer there is a food concession stand. Public washrooms and telephones are located at the park entrance building. For more information, call (250) 782-7144