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One Tank Trip for North British Columbia Camping
Total Mileage/average drive time:
657 km - 10 hours, 27 minutes
The wilderness in Northern British Columbia is legendary. Spanning around 193,051 sq. mi., it is larger than California or Japan and is double the size of the United Kingdom. For the RV travelers, that can only mean one thing—a place to get lost in marveling at fantastic roaring rivers, majestic, rugged mountains and serene peaceful lakes. It is both soul stirring and rejuvenating.
Dawson Creek is going to start us off on our RV journey, located right at mile marker 0 on the Alaskan Highway. Dawson Creek is very proud of their history, starting out as a sleepy agricultural town and then a booming community at the creation of the Alaska Highway. To delve into the history of this engineering marvel, pay a visit to the Dawson Creek Visitor Centre and Museum where stories of both tragedy and triumph can be explored. A few miles north of the city, you will find the Walter Wright Pioneer Village, an open air museum with several historical buildings to explore. All the buildings are furnished in period and offer visitors a rare look at early pioneer life and way before the Alaska Highway was ever dreamed up. For some good old outdoor fun, you have quite a list of options—for those warm summer days head to Bear Mountain where you can rip up the trails on a mountain bike or take a peaceful walk in the beautiful forested area along Radar Lake. For the golfer, you have some great options, too, including a 300 yard driving range and an exceptional 18-hole golf course at the Dawson Creek Golf and Country Club.
Fort St. John
75.3 km - 1 hour, 9 minutes
From Dawson Creek, make your way to BC-2 heading north. Travel around 47 miles and you should be in Fort St. John, our next stop. Fort St. John is a friendly, warm community and the oldest in British Columbia and its location in the Peace Valley is filled with lush green slopes and a variety of interesting sites to explore. If you're looking to wrestle with a walleye or two, take your pole to Charlie Lake, one of the only natural lakes in the province where you can keep your walleye catch. If you move your fishing expedition to a Peace River tributary, you just might land a rainbow trout or grayling. Get your much needed hike in at Beatton Provincial Park where you'll find a network of trails to give you a workout you'll never forget or take a relaxing drive up to Fort St. John Lookout to marvel at the landscape. The winter months transform the beauty of the surrounding prairies into the best landscape for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. There seems to be no end to the ways in which this area steadily accommodates you making it a great four season destination.
380 km - 5 hours, 25 minutes
For our last destination, head out of town on BC-97 heading north for approximately 236 miles to Fort Nelson. Located in one of the wildest areas---for wildlife, that is, Fort Nelson is a true oasis where you can escape your daily 9-5, toss away your watch and dive head first into some awesome recreation. There is no way you can possibly do everything in just a few hours, the enormous country surrounding Fort Nelson begs you to stay for a few days to boat into some wilderness areas like Fort Nelson or Prophet. Take to your ATV and do a little off road exploration in the backcountry. Hike through the Fort Nelson Demonstration Forest Trails near town or take to something a little more challenging and is sure to jump start your heart like the Trail to Teetering Rock. At 14 miles and with many steep sections, it's considered challenging and can take you a day if you can breeze through it or make it an overnighter. The payoff? Wide sweeping views of Steamboat Mountain and the surrounding countryside makes it well worth the sweat and hard work! If you need a little break from this great outdoor recreation, head to the Fort Nelson Museum where you can find more information on the building of the Alaska Highway.
Check out the 2011 One Tank Trip For Northern British Columbia
Check out the 2010 One Tank Trip For Northern British Columbia
Woodall's Recommended Campgrounds in British Columbia
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