We explored Dawson Creek by car, stopped at the park and saw the Surveyor Statue before trying to find the elusive visitor center. Locating the centre was not as easy as it should have been.
|Alaska Highway Mile 0|
Our original plan had been to spend the night in Dawson Creek and hit the tourism center the next day. Confident that we would get to the city in daylight on the way home, we decided to grab a bite to eat and get a few more hours on the road.
|Alaska Highway Surveyor|
I called the Dawson Creek Visitor Centre later on about the Iron Highway Surveyor Statue in the middle of the traffic circle. His striking pose points northwest. I was told that the statue was erected to honor all the thousands of workers that built the highway.
It is made from scrap metals that came from farms in the area. Local artist Karl Mattson created this unique monument and took care to model the surveyor's clothing to what the workers might have worn in the early 1940s.
I'm glad to that we took the time to stop that night. It turns out that our stop at the Alaska Highway Mile 0 sign, Iron Highway Surveyor Statue and the Mile 0 park around the sign didn't happen. We hit Dawson Creek in the wee morning hours. Instead of enjoying the town on our return trip, we had to continue on our journey home along the incredible Alaska Highway.