Dawson City is Milepost 0 of the Alaska Highway; 367 miles northwest of Edmonton, AB, and 250 miles northeast of Prince George, BC.
|Dawson Creek (like Dawson City in the Yukon Territory) was named for George Mercer Dawson of the Geological Survey of Canada, whose geodetic surveys of this region in 1879 helped lead to its development as an agricultural settlement. The Northern Alberta Railway reached Dawson Creek in 1931. As a railhead, Dawson Creek was an important funnel for supplies and equipment during construction of the Alaska Highway in 1942. Today, significant industries in this area’s economy are oil and gas exploration and servicing, agriculture, forestry and tourism.
Dawson Creek offers lodging at Dawson Creek Super 8, The George Dawson Inn and other hotels as well as bed-and-breakfasts, and dining in restaurants and fast-food outlets. There are gas stations, RV and trailer sales and service at Foster's and at the United Spring and Brake Ltd. Camping at the Northern Lights RV Park and Mile "O" RV Park with Pioneer Village and Rotary Lake, laundromats, department stores, banks, grocery, drug and hardware stores, antique shops and other specialty shops. The city has a modern hospital, a public library, a college, church, and recreation facilities. The Chances Gaming Entertainment Centre offers gambling and restaurant and lounge.