January 17, 2018
Guest post by Ryan Dickie In BC’s Peace region, winter has long been regarded as a time when work comes before play. But amidst the…
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Guest post by Ryan Dickie; all photos by Ryan Dickie
There are few stretches of highway more historic than the Alaska Highway. Although it is much more sophisticated now than in its early, primitive years, the highway still feels remarkably rugged and wild. Considered one of the great achievements of the 20th century, this route recently celebrated its 75th anniversary.
The corridor spans more than 800 km (500 mi) in British Columbia alone, pushing through vast expanses of rolling prairie and endless swaths of boreal forest, past the upper reaches of the northern Rocky Mountains, beginning at “Mile 0” in Dawson Creek.
There are plenty of options to embrace winter throughout the region. From winter hiking along the peaks and gullies of the Peace River Valley to ice fishing on frozen lakes; from leading a team of sled dogs to skiing the vibrant Nordic scene, it is all here for the taking.
North of Fort St. John, the Alaska Highway becomes increasingly wild with each passing mile. While the sun is up, snowshoe or hike though towering spruce and aspen forests, clamber up a peak in Stone Mountain Provincial Park, set a hook below the frozen surface of a mountain lake, or soothe body and mind while floating in Liard River Hot Springs.
The days are short, but when the sun goes down, look to the night sky and bear witness to the awe-inspiring aurora borealis. The Northern Rockies are situated directly under the Aurora Oval, and your chances of seeing the Northern Lights in this part of the world are as good as anywhere.
Adding to the appeal for photography buffs and wildlife enthusiasts, the area is home to healthy populations wildlife including, moose, elk, caribou, Stone’s sheep, wolves, bison, and more. Keep your eyes peeled at all times.
While this part of the world is beautiful and peaceful throughout out the year, winter can give you a deeper appreciation for life in the north. Come see it for yourself.
For me, 2017 was a year of contrasts. Some life-altering highs and some challenging lows; days that dragged on and a year that flew by….
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