A Photo Tour of the Alaska Highway, Summer 2008

ALL Photos © K. Dewey, School of Natural Resources, Applied Climate Sciences, UNL.

The Alaska Highway begins in Dawson Creek, British Columbia (BC) and ends 1390 miles to the northwest in Delta Junction, Alaska (AK), the official end of the highway.  The above two photos show the two monuments marking the start of the highway in Dawson Creek, BC. The highway continues on as Alaska Highway 2 from Delta Junction to the unofficial end of the highway in Fairbanks, AK (98 miles northwest of Delta Junction). The distance from Dawson Creek, BC to Fairbanks, AK is a total of 1488 miles.  Dawson Creek, BC is approximately 370 miles northwest of Edmonton, Alberta. The map below shows an overview of the route from Dawson Creek, BC (label "A") to Delta Junction, AK (label "B").

The publication "The Milepost", 2008 Edition, was used as the guidebook for this entire trip.  Their motto is "Since 1949, The Bible of North Country Travel".  This publication is truly the essential guide to everything you need to know to get the most out of your trip along this historic highway.  It includes mile by mile logs of not only the Alaska Highway but numerous other routes as well.  It includes information about sightseeing, wildlife viewing, camping & fishing, road conditions, and accommodations as well as many useful helpful hints to get the most out of your traveling in this part of North America.  The Milepost is updated annually by their field editors and is available at most book stores that have travel sections.  It is also available on-line from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  It is also available via their Internet site: http://milepost.com/.  We strongly recommend this publication for anyone planning on travelling to this spectacular region of the world.

Delta Junction, AK, the official end of the Alaska Highway, 1390 miles from Dawson Creek, BC.  Delta Junction is at historical milepost 1422 of the Alaska Highway.  Over the years, the Alaska Highway has been straightened out in several locations reducing the total miles from 1422 to 1390.

LINK: History of the Alaska Highway

LINKS to the Alaska Highway Photo Galleries:
1. Dawson Creek to the Rocky Mountains in Northern British Columbia
2. Rocky Mountains to Muncho Lake, British Columbia
3. Muncho Lake, British Columbia to The "Sign Post Forest", at the Yukon Border
4. Across the Yukon to Whitehorse, Yukon
5. Whitehorse, Yukon to the Alaska Border
6. The Alaska Border to Delta Junction, Alaska (official end of the Alaska Highway)
7. Delta Junction, Alaska to Fairbanks, Alaska (unofficial end of the Alaska Highway)

Alaska Highway Trip Summary:
Day 1: Lincoln, Nebraska to Grand Forks, North Dakota
Day 2: Grand Forks, North Dakota to Brandon, Manitoba
Day 3: Brandon, Manitoba to Lloydminster, Alberta
Day 4: Lloydminster, Alberta to Dawson Creek, British Columbia (Mile Zero, Alaska Highway)
Day 5: Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Muncho Lake, British Columbia
Day 6: Muncho Lake, British Columbia to Whitehorse, Yukon
Day 7: Whitehorse, Yukon to Delta Junction, Alaska (End of the Alaska Highway)
Day 8: Delta Junction, Alaska to Fairbanks, Alaska (Un-official end of the Alaska Highway).