The Alaska Highway Corridor has earned a nomination as a Natural Historic Site of Canada, which was submitted to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada earlier this month.
The Alaska Highway Community Society calls the corridor a ‘cultural landscape’ that runs 1,900 km from Dawson Creek, through northeastern BC and Yukon, to the Alaska border.
“We are extremely grateful to the Peace River Regional District for having the foresight to fund this initiative since September 2011, and we are proud of the fact that this project has been driven by the people and communities of northeastern BC and Yukon,” said Bud Powell, Chair of the Alaska Highway Community Society. “Their hard work has helped us get to this point – the submission of the nomination of the Alaska Highway Corridor.”
Within this cultural landscape, 12 sites in BC and Yukon have been recommended for inclusion in the nomination.
Those sites are:
|Northern Alberta Railway (NAR) Station, Dawson Creek||Watson Lake Air Terminal Building|
|Historic Kiskatinaw Bridge||Watson Lake Sign Post Forest|
|Charlie Lake Cave (Tse’K’wa)||White Pass & Yukon Route Railway Depot, Whitehorse|
|Old Fort Nelson (Tthek’eneh Kúe) Warden’s Cabin||Former Northwest Highway System HQ Building, Whitehorse|
|Old Alaska Highway Trail at Muncho Lake||Soldier’s Summit, Kluane National Park and Reserve|
|Liard River Hot Springs||The Donjek Route, Kluane National Park and Reserve|
National Historic Sites of Canada tell the story of defining moments in Canada’s history, and help Canadians
celebrate their shared cultural heritage.
The AHCS believes the Alaska Highway Corridor should be part of that story, especially with big celebrations coming up in 2017 – both the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Alaska Highway, and the 150th anniversary of Canada.
After 2017, the AHCS and Alaska Highway Heritage Society in Yukon are looking to raise the profile of the Alaska Highway Corridor through economic development, tourism, recognition of Indigenous history, and heritage preservation.
Funding through the Peace River Regional District here in BC is the foundation for this work, including research, the
BC engagement program, communications, and developing Yukon partners.
In Yukon, funding for the initial phase of the project was provided by the Yukon Tourism Product Development Partnership Program, the Community Development Fund and CanNor, with support from Northwestel and Yukon Energy.