Dawson Creek Travel Guide

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Dawson Creek Overview

Dawson Creek sits on the junction of Hwys. 49, 2 and 97 which mkes it an important travel hub. It was designated a City in 1958 and has a population of 11,500 which makes it large for this region. It is named for a chap called Dawson who surveyed the area in 1879 although development was relatively slow until 1912 when the Government gave out land grants and by the 1920s it was quite a busy place by local standards it only really took off in 1930 with the arrival of the Northern Alberta Railway.

By 1941 there a population of more than 500 but it is what happened the next year that grew the place rapidy. Because of World War 2 the USA needed a land corridor through Canada to Alaska and thus began a huge road-building project. American military engineers managed to build a paved road over 1500 miles to Delta junction in Alaska and did it in less than a year.

Dawson Creek styles itself as "Zero Mile City" and has a thriving arts community including many public murals and an att gallery house in an old grain elevator and whilst tourism is important, oil gas and agriculture are also major contributors to the economy.