As we sprint towards November, we can be certain of one thing – winter is near!
Despite the struggles of this cold, and sometimes unforgiving season, here along the Alaska Highway, life has a way of carrying on. We like to think that when the going gets tough, the tough get going…
So here are some of our favourite winter time activities along the historic highway we call home.
- Hiking at Bear Mountain Wind Park in Dawson Creek – A real treat at sunset, experience the power of wind, while gazing out at expansive views of the Rocky Mountain foothills to the southwest. Visit www.tourismdawsoncreek.com for more information!
- Snowshoeing or Cross-country skiing at Bear Mountain Nordic Ski Club – Perhaps a two-for-one opportunity! While in the Bear Mountain area, head out for a lap around the boreal forest entrenched ski system managed by the Bear Mountain Nordic Ski Club. For more information, visit www.nordicski.ca
- Ice Fishing at Charlie Lake – Try your luck and cast a line below the depths of the frozen surface of Charlie Lake just north of Fort St. John. This destination is a popular spot for anglers looking to fetch Northern Pike or Walleye in the winter months! Visit https://discoverthepeacecountry.com/htmlpages/charlielakebc.html
- Hiking Beatton Hills near Fort St John – If it is a vertical challenge you seek, venture out to Beatton River north of Fort St John. Then, clamber up one of the many trails leading up and out of the river valley to the prairie flatlands of the North Peace! For more information, visit www.tourismfortstjohn.ca
- Ice Skating on Muncho Lake – For a truly Canadian experience, lace up the skates and take a twirl on beautiful Muncho Lake. Surrounded by mountain peaks, there is no other experience like it along the Alaska Highway. For more information, visit www.nrlodge.com
- Climb a peak in Stone Mountain Provincial Park – Due to their distance inland, the northern Rockies don’t receive a ton of snow when compared to their southern brothers and sisters. This bodes well for the adventurous spirit that just can’t get enough hiking during the summer and fall. Stone Mountain Provincial Park is a great hiking destination with its prime location at the summit of the Alaska Highway. Visit, www.tourismnorthernrockies.ca for more information and a hiking trail guide.
- Warming up at Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park – One of the more popular spots along the Alaska Highway, the Instagram famous Liard River Hot Springs are one of the true gems in the north. Taking a dip in one of Canada’s largest natural hot springs will surely be a highlight from your time on the Alaska Highway. Many say that winter is the best time to experience their beauty! For more information, visit www.tourismnorthernrockies.ca
Be sure to stop in at the local Visitor Information Centre while travelling the Alaska Highway for all the latest.
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