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Fort Nelson, BC to Dawson Creek, BC (278 Miles)

We are now at Mile 0 (or 1422 if your heading south). We got the RV set up and drove into town to see the Mile 0 marker. We felt like we had really accomplished a lot and yet we are barely half way.

The Alaska Highway (also known as the Alaskan Highway, Alaska-Canadian Highway, or ALCAN Highway) was constructed during World War II for the purpose of connecting the U.S. to Alaska through Canada. It begins at the junction with several Canadian highways in Dawson Creek, British Columbia and runs to Delta Junction, Alaska, via Whitehorse, Yukon. Completed in 1942, it was 2,237 km or 1,390 mi long, but is becoming shorter due to rerouting. The historic end of the highway is near milepost 1422, where it meets the Richardson Highway in Delta Junction, Alaska, about 160 km (99 mi) southeast of Fairbanks. Mileposts on the Richardson Highway are numbered from Valdez, Alaska. The Alaska Highway is popularly (but unofficially) considered part of the Pan-American Highway, which extends south to Argentina. Remember Watson Lake? No, better go back and see why it is famous!

We have actually driven the highway several times now from mile zero to milepost 1422. Each time they seem to have improved the road….except the Destruction Bay area, that is!
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The drive did include going over 2 serious mountains including our old friend - Pink Mountain. The truck climbs these challenges with no problem.

Let's check the status:
Cooper Landing to Colorado Springs………3393 mi
Cooper Landing to Dawson Creek………….1677 mi
Dawson Creek to Colorado Springs……...…1716 mi

Also - it took 8 days to get here and we should be back in Colorado in 7 days (9/30). We are spending an extra day in Edmonton because it's a fun city and we can do some RV and journalling catch-up.

It was a pleasant day, but after yesterday, it was difficult to get excited about ordinary beautiful scenery and no wildlife.

The most noticeable thing for us was that we rapidly reentered civilization. The closer that we got to Dawson Creek, the more towns we passed through.

Agriculture also became a bigger part of the landscape. And with it, the businesses that have to support agriculture.

The biggest eye-opener occurred upon entering Dawson Creek. We've been here twice before and it was a sleepy small city. Now it is a burgeoning city that is so busy, it is astounding. The RV parks are almost at capacity. There are no home or apartment rentals and when you find one, it's exorbitant.

Why? It's oil and gas. Yukon, BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan are all busting at the seams with jobs and opportunities in the energy field. We stopped at a pub that we had visited before and had a fun conversation with a manager at one of the companies here. He couldn't stop talking about what was happening in Western Canada.

Tomorrow it's a longish drive to Edmonton at 377 miles. Edmonton is a fun city including the famous West Edmonton Mall - at one time, the largest in the world.
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