Dawson Creek is a small city nestled in a valley in the Peace River Country on North Eastern British Columbia.  Its roots are agricultural although it has experienced much of it's growth in the development of Oil & Gas resources and is renowned as being the starting point of the world famous Alaska Highway.

The city got its start in the early 1900s as a small agricultural community.  When the Northern Alberta Railway expanded into the area, the original town site was two miles west of the rail end so in order to be closer to the new train station, the whole town which included a hotel & general store was put on skids and moved by horses and tractors to it's present location. 

In the 1930s, five large wooden grain elevators lined the railroad that runs through town to provide storage for the grain crops grown in the area and shipped out by train.  Eventually all but two were replaced by modern facilities and one of the remaining towers was moved in grand style to its current location and renovated into the unique Dawson Creek Art Gallery.

When Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941, the United States decided to increase security to Alaska and in order to do that, a road needed to be constructed through the rugged wilderness of Northern BC beginning in Dawson Creek (where the troops were brought by train) and ending at Delta Junction in Alaska, a distance of 1,500 miles (2,540 kilometers).  The highway was built in less than 9 months and is still considered to be one of the engineering marvels of the world.

With the arrival of thousands of American troops and Canadian civilians, the population of Dawson exploded from a mere 600 to approximately 10,000 people.

The character of Dawson Creek changed overnight with the construction of the Alaska Highway and today has a population of 11,000 with a large trading area.

The world famous Alaska Highway, a strong economy, a commitment to Arts & Culture, top notch recreation and entertainment facilities and great shopping make Dawson Creek a great place to live and a visit.