I took a trip to Dawson Creek not too long ago…
Not this Dawson Creek…
Alright, now that we’re all on the same page. Dawson Creek is the Historic Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway…which is in the picture. Exciting right? Not really, but it was still fun. There isn’t a whole lot to see where I am that isn’t a hell of a long way away. This really limits what you get to see when you don’t have a car…
So…what’s in Dawson Creek you ask? Well beside the monument pictured above commemorating Historic Mile 0, you have…
A random sculpture made of scrap metal in the middle of a roundabout. I think it’s supposed to be a pioneer surveyor directing someone imaginary to the proper direction that the Alaska Highway is supposed to be built in.
Then you have a museum built in an old train station.
With scary stuffed animals like these.
But seriously…why do you have to give your taxidermied animals expressions? Especially crazy expressions like these ones have. The bobcat looks like it’s just seen a monster demon eat his favourite puppy and then regurgitated it to feed its young…in other words…the thing looks terrified! It is screaming in abject horror and you want to commemorate that? I don’t get it. And the elk looks like a slack jawed yokel…honestly it’s got nothing going on upstairs. Which on second thought could be because it’s stuffed…probably with cotton batting or whatever it is that you use to perform taxidermy on an animal.
On to the next attraction that Dawson Creek has to offer.
A grain silo.
Well actually it’s the art gallery…inside an old grain silo. It’s a neat use of space, there is a ramp that goes around and around inside up to the top, then you take the stairs back down. There’s a photo exhibit on the construction of the Alaska Highway that has amusing…and sometimes snarky…comments accompanying the photos. It could use more snarky comments.
Then there is the Walter Wright Pioneer Village.
It was pretty cool…literally, the buildings were cold inside.
I thought my museum’s mannequins were creepy, well the Walter Wright Pioneer Village leave them in the dust for creepiness and then stomp on them for good measure.
They kind of look like Steve…only worse. This guy looks like he ran into a wall and never recovered.
This pioneer village was strange. It had the buildings. It had them set up. But then it had some really random stuff too. Like the entire room full of stuffed bears. The entire room full of suitcases. The terrifying room full of dolls. These rooms were dedicated to nothing but those things. That’s not period correct. That’s not even logical. That’s just weird. No one, in the history of life dedicates an entire room to creepy dolls, or bears, or suitcases…unless they’re bat crap crazy of course.
Other interesting thing to note about the Walter Wright Pioneer Village?
There was a big stuffed pig just chilling on an old truck…which was an artifact on display by the way.
People are strange, that’s all I can say.
And lastly, Dawson Creek has Alaska Highway House.
It is only one room and a single exhibit, but they do it well. It is truly impressive. While the other things I’ve mentioned have been interesting in their…kitschiness? Alaska Highway House is interesting because it is well done. They need a better website though.
So if you’re ever in Dawson Creek, I highly recommend going to Alaska Highway House to see a really good exhibit…but I also recommend going to the other places too for the entertainment value, plus you never know…you might learn something.
Wow…do I ever sound like one of those travel books in this post…meh…can’t be helped…