Canada Travel Guide
Canada Travel Guide - Yukon
Canada Travel Guide - Yukon

Watson Lake

Often called "The Gateway to the Yukon", the community of Watson Lake is located in the southeastern corner of the Territory, just 14 km from where the Alaska Highway crosses the British Columbia border. The key transportation hub sits at the junction of the Alaska Highway, the Robert Campbell Highway to the central Yukon and the Northwest Territories, and the Stewart-Cassiar Highway from central British Columbia. The Yukon's capital, Whitehorse, is 455 km to the northwest.

The community of Watson Lake consists of the town of Watson Lake and the adjoining settlements of the Liard First Nation, including Upper Liard. Watson Lake lies within the traditional territory of the Liard First Nation, part of the Kaska Tribal Council.

In 1939, a community was established at Watson Lake, when the Canadian government decided to build a chain of airports across the North, including one at Watson Lake. The new community was a supply and accommodation centre for airport construction in 1941 and for the building of the Alaska Highway a year later. After these were completed, Watson Lake became a service centre for the highway and later for the resource-rich region of the upper Liard River and its tributaries.


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Watson Lake Airport

The Northwest Staging Route was the Great Circle route used by bush pilots it the 1930’s. After entering the Second World War in September 1939, the Canadian Government continued to improve this route.

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Northern Lights Space and Science Centre

A unique facility built in 1996 to feature the amazing phenomena known as the 'Northern Lights' or 'Aurora borealis', the Northern Lights Centre boasts state-of-the-art panoramic video and surround-sound systems.

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Watson Lake Vistor Interpretive Centre

The Visitors Center provides a look at the fascinating history surrounding the building of the Alaska Highway.

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 Sign Post Forest

he World Famous Sign Post Forest is Watson Lake’s best known attraction. So famous, it is known - and mimicked - around the world.

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