The Alaska Highway, affectionately dubbed by some the “Ultimate Road Trip,” has been carrying people through the wilderness of northern British Columbia (BC), the Yukon and Alaska in cars, trucks, buses and RVs – as well as on rumbling choppers (the motorcycle variety) — for 75 years. The 75th Anniversary Year is here!
All of the communities that have grown up along the Alaska Highway — in one of the world’s last great wilderness frontiers – wish you a Happy New Year as we eagerly await 2017, a year of celebrations.
When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour, causing the United States to abruptly, though decisively, join World War II, there was no road through Canada into Alaska. There’s an awesome one there now.
Although the war was a horrific chapter in global history, the rapid construction of the Alaska Highway by the US Army and Canadian civilians marked the beginning of a new era of unity between the northern inhabitants of BC, the Yukon and Alaska.
Today, 75 years later, the people of the Alaska Highway have much to celebrate.
There are thriving towns and cities here with strong, diversified industries, world class arts and folklore…and an ongoing stream of visitors from everywhere else on Earth.
They come from every country to lose themselves while exploring wild places. They arrive via cruise ship and jetliner to rent cars and travel the Highway.
Once here, they marvel over the mystical and mysterious Northern Lights, watch the high kicks of the Gold Rush can-can dancers, relax, climb mountains, hunt, fish and take photographs they can share with their friends, fans and connections on social media.
If you’re planning to drive the Alaska Highway this coming year, you’ll be in good company. The friendly folks of Fort Nelson, Fort St John, Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Taylor, Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd and Hudson Hope welcome you to join in the Alaska Highway 75th Anniversary Celebrations.