Tuesday, June 8, took us on a 356 mile drive from Edmonton, Alberta to Dawson Creek, British Columbia. This was an easy drive, with four lane highway almost all the way. With the time change (Pacific Daylight) at the British Columbia border, we arrived in Dawson Creek around 2:30 PM.
Tuesday evening's dinner was catered at the Sudetenland Hall, just across the road from the campground, where we learned that a large part of the Dawson Creek population is made up of people of German extraction, who fled their homeland on the Austrian border when Hitler occupied the region at the beginning of WW II and settled here.
We were amazed at how the town has changed since we were here 24 years ago. From little more than a bump in the road, it has grown to a modern city, supported by farming, oil and gas production in addition to tourism. Yes, they even have a WalMart.
Wednesday, June 9 has been a pretty quiet day. We had a group photo taken and visited the Visitor Center, which featured a really good film on the building of the Alaska Highway in 1942. In the afternoon, we put the stone protection on the front of the Yukon and made some minor repairs on our "bubble wrap" on the front of the coach.
Tomorrow, it's off to Fort Nelson, our first day on the AlCan highway.
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