Tucked into the far northeast corner of British Columbia, little Dawson Creek gained international attention in March 1942 when thousands of U.S. troops “invaded” to begin construction of the Alaska Highway from the south end of the route. For a brief time, Dawson Creek’s population of 850 was overrun with 10,000 GIs straining local accommodations and food services, filling its sidewalks, and clogging the only movie theater in town. The boom was short-lived, however, as most of the men and equipment trailed northwest in the months to come.
At the city limits, near Dawson Creek Airport, stands a welcome sign declaring Mile Zero City, Where the Adventure Begins! And at the traffic circle in Dawson Creek that connects Highway 2 to Highway 97, you’ll spot the oft-photographed sign proclaiming: You Are Now Entering the World Famous Alaska Highway.