Northeast BC: Clayhurst to Lower Post

Map Legend & Disclaimer

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Trans Canada Trail Legend:

Trans Canada Trail Pavilion
Multi-Use Route (Cycling & Walking)
Hiking Only Route (No Cycling)
Equestrian Route (May Allow Cyclists/Walkers)
Paddling/Water Route
Temporary Bypass or Unofficial TCT Route
Trans Canada Trail Closed
Obstacle or Warning (click it for details)

Alternate Route Legend:

Alternate Route for Cyclists & Walkers
Alternate Route for Hiking
Alternate Route for Equestrians
Connection Point to the Trans Canada Trail

Google Maps Legend:

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GPS Downloads

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The files below include data for only this specific area. For all of our Trans Canada Trail data for the entire province (including features, campsites and alternate routes), download our BC.kmz master file (1.2 MB)

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About the Route: 

Entering from Alberta near the small community of Clayhurst, the trail follows rural roads south for 67 kms, crossing the Peace River, passing through Rolla, and arriving to Dawson Creek. At this point, the TCT joins Dawson Creek's Rotary Trail through the city, bypassing all the city traffic. The trail route joins the Alaska Highway for most of its 968 km - through Fort St John, Fort Nelson, and various other communities before arriving to the Yukon border between Lower Post and Watson Lake - the only exception is a short detour at Kaskatinaw Provincial Park between Dawson Creek and Fort St. John; the highway bridge is narrow and the route uses the original highway bridge which lies further north.

The Alaska Highway was constructed during World War II for the purpose of connecting the contiguous U.S. to Alaska through Canada. Though the highway was completed in 1942, it was only opened to the public in 1948. The surface is now paved along its entire length.

Canada's great open wilderness lines the road and travelers are sure to encounter some interesting wildlife. Be sure to rest up along the beautiful shore of Muncho Lake and even take advantage of the opportunity to explore some of the abandoned stretches of the "old Alaska Highway" which have been bypassed as the current highway continues to be improved and straightened over the years.

When you finally reach the border after about 1000 kilometres, there's no doubt you'll realize why Yukon'ers refer to the rest of the country as "the Outside"!

Trail Highlights and Developments: 

The average cyclist will be able to ride this route in 7 days. However, the following table may help you calculate your stopping points, based on distances between campsites:

From To KM
Alberta Border Blackfoot Park 13
Blackfoot Park Dawson Creek 57
Dawson Creek Kaskatinaw Park 29
Kaskatinaw Park Charlie Lake 55
Charlie Lake Inga Lake 60+2
Inga Lake Duhu Lake 101+5
Duhu Lake Buckinghorse River 31
Buckinghorse River Minaker River 40
Minaker River Prophet River (closed) 32
Prophet River (closed) Andy Bailey 77+11
Andy Bailey Fort Nelson 30
Fort Nelson Beaver Lake 26+10
Beaver Lake Tetsa River 68
Tetsa River Stone Mountain 43
Stone Mountain Muncho Lake 107
Muncho Lake Liard River Hot Springs 58
Liard River Hot Springs Hyland River 167
Hyland River Watson Lake, YT 39

"+" indicates that campsite is located a short distance off the highway, which will add on a small number of kilometres.

 

Trail Operator: 

  • Ministry of Transportation (BC) for provincial roadway portions
    • Alberta border to Dawson Creek
    • Alaska Highway (KM 0 to KM 133)
    • Alaska Highway (Short section in Fort Nelson)
  • City of Dawson Creek
    • Rotary Trail
  • Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada (Federal Government)
    • Alaska Highway (KM 133 to KM 968, excluding short portion in Fort Nelson)

Note: Motorists on Highway 97 will find themselves on federal highway, once they get exactly 135.57 kilometres north of Dawson Creek – a spot also known as Mile 83 of the Alaska Highway. The Alaska Highway was built through Canada to connect the U.S. to Alaska, and was completed in 1942. During the late 1960s and 1970s, the provincial government paved from Mile 0 at Dawson Creek, to Mile 83, and eventually the remainder of the route to Delta Junction, Alaska was hard surfaced.

About two kilometres before Mile 83, the provincial government has a riverside rest area which offers running water, flush toilets and a playground. The federal government’s overhead message sign is strategically located nearby to let you know of any conditions or concerns further north. The rest area is the last place to turn around for a long way, should travellers decide the extended, steep hills of the famed 2,232-kilometre Alaska Highway are more than they want to take on.

For a short section through Fort Nelson townsite, the road becomes provincial again, then it’s back to being federal highway. Should you spot problems on the federal route, contact 250-774-6956. If you’re on provincial road, call BC's maintenance contractor, Yellowhead Road and Bridge at 1-888-883-6688.

While the ground beneath you doesn’t change in any physical way where sections of road become federal highway (and you may not even notice a difference between provincial and federal routes) it’s an interesting distinction. The provincial and federal governments work together to make sure the highways are safe and the transition between the two jurisdictions is seamless, so you can keep your eyes on the road and enjoy B.C.’s spectacular scenery. (Source: TranBC.ca)