Deh Cho Travel Connection Communities


Each community and region along the Deh Cho Travel Connection has a personality all its own. With spectacular natural scenery, sparkling waterways, wildlife big and small, and vibrant local culture, you’ll want to spend some time exploring.


Known as the Portal to the Peace Region, Valleyview (population 1,972) lies at the junction of highways 43 and 49, 350 kilometres north of Edmonton. Nearby is Sturgeon Lake, with two provincial parks on its shores: Young's Point Provincial Park and Williamson Provincial Park, offering beaches, boating, fishing and camping. 
In the heart of the Peace River Country, Fairview (population 3,162) is 82 kilometres southwest of Peace River and 115 kilometres north of Grande Prairie at the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 64A. Visitors can enjoy the Fairview Pioneer Museum, the RCMP Centennial Celebration Museum, the trails and campgrounds of Cummings Lake, as well as Dunvegan Provincial Park in the nearby Peace River Valley.
Founded largely by agricultural settlers from Quebec, Falher (population 1,075) remains a predominantly Francophone community – a rarity in Alberta. Its original church, the St. Jean-Baptiste Mission, is a registered historic site open to visitors. The town is known as the "Honey Capital of Canada." Its main street boasts a large statue of a honeybee, and each June locals and tourists enjoy the "Honey Festival," paying tribute to the beekeeping industry of the local Smoky River region.
Fort Vermilion
The oldest European settlement in Alberta, Fort Vermillion (population 727) was established as a North West Company trading post in 1788. It is named for the vermillion-coloured red ochre deposits along the banks of the Peace River, on which the town is located. Visitors can reach it by travelling 78 kilometres southeast of High Level. Once there, they can tour several heritage structures that date from the fur-trading era, including the log-cabin visitor centre and the 1907 Clark House.  
Referred to as Mile Zero of the Mackenzie Highway, Grimshaw (population 2,515) is located west of the town of Peace River at the junction of Highway 35, Highway 2 and bypass Highway 2A. Visitors can enjoy the Lac Cardinal Pioneer Village Museum (featuring buildings from the original townsite) and the Mile 0 Antique Truck Museum, and attend summer events such as Pioneer Days and the North Peace Stampede, both taking place in August. 
High Level
Located on the height of land between the Peace and Hay Rivers, High Level (population 3,641) is the northernmost significant community in western Alberta. It marks the northern extent of the Peace River Country, and has some of the highest-latitude agricultural land in Canada. It is located at the intersection of the Mackenzie Highway (Highway 35) and Highway 58, approximately 733 kilometres north of Edmonton and 725 kilometres south of Yellowknife.
La Crete
With a population 2,408, La Crete is a predominantly Mennonite community. Most residents speak both English and a German dialect called “Plautdietsch,” or “Low German." Set on the banks of the Peace River, it can be reached via Highway 58, approximately 135 kilometres southeast of High Level, and Highway 697, about 700 kilometres north of Edmonton.
Known as the "Land of the Mighty Moose," Manning (population 1,164) is located along Highway 35 on the beautiful Notikewin River, approximately 73 kilometres north of Peace River. It functions as a hub for the local agriculture, forestry and gas industries. Abundant wildlife makes the area a popular destination for hunters. Visitors can also enjoy the Battle River Pioneer Museum (featuring antique farming equipment, vehicles and an albino moose), the Old Hospital Gallery and Museum, and the Battle River Rodeo.
Peace River
With a population of 6,729, Peace River is scenically situated along the banks of the river of the same name, 486 kilometres northwest of Edmonton along Highway 2. The community is surrounded by forests and rolling hills, ideal for hiking and cycling. Greene Valley Provincial Park lies just east of the town and Peace River Wildland Provincial Park is to the south.
Grande Prairie
Located at the intersection of Highway 43 and Highway 40 approximately 456 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, Grand Prairie has a population of more than 55,000, making it the largest city on the Deh Cho Travel Connection. The community is sometimes known as "the home of the Trumpeter Swan," after the rare swans that nest in the area. Visitors can enjoy a full range of urban services as numerous parks, campgrounds and waterways where the foothills of the Canadian Rockies rise south of the city. 

Northwest Territories

Fort Liard
Sheltered by tall timber in the rolling foothills of the Mackenzie Mountains, we’re a blissful riverfront hamlet and the Northwest Territories’ “garden spot,” enjoying luxuriant vegetation, hot summers and one of the North’s rarest pleasures – warm wintertime chinooks. 
Barely an hour north of the Alberta border is the North’s finest little crossroads: friendly Enterprise, where scenery is spellbinding and adventure is at your doorstep.
Jean Marie River
What quaint Kakisa lacks in size, we make up for in being welcoming, rooted, rustic and peaceful. As the Northwest Territories’ tiniest town, our log-cabin settlement comprises fewer than four-dozen people – but our home is an idyllic lakefront wilderness, and our hearts are as big as all outdoors.
Fort Providence
Stretching along a high bank overlooking the broad Mackenzie, this historic Dene settlement (population 815) is an essential stop for road-trippers. Just five kilometers west of Hwy 3, it boasts a placid campground on the riverfront, top-notch fishing (pike, pickerel, grayling), and distinctive crafts – porcupine quillwork is a local specialty. Also, keep your eyes peeled for bison, which ramble the dusty streets and graze in local yards.
Fort Simpson
With a population of 1,244, the Dehcho’s friendly regional centre perches at the confluence of the big Liard River and the even-more-massive Mackenzie. Many visitors come en route to Nahanni National Park Reserve or surrounding mountains, but those who remain in town will stay plenty busy – at riverfront heritage sites, the nine-hole golf course, or among intriguing exhibits at the visitor centre. Access is via air or Highway 1 (except when breakup and freeze-up halt ferry and ice-road service across the Liard).
Fort Smith
Equal parts Métis, First Nations and non-Natives, this friendly, historic town (population 2,536) was once the NWT’s front door: All northbound river travellers passed through here while portaging the Slave River Rapids. These days, visitors arrive by scenic Hwy 5, to tour sprawling Wood Buffalo National Park, paddle (or peer at white pelicans) in the Slave’s foaming whitewater, walk or cycle the riverfront Thebacha Trail, and check out museums, gift shops and historic sites. 
Hay River
An easy day’s drive from Edmonton, this is the NWT’s “hub” – terminus of Canada’s northernmost railway, launch-point for Arctic-bound barges, and a key commercial-fishing port. It’s also the territory’s second-largest town (population 3,689), with restaurants, shops and lodging options that range from rustic to posh. Best of all, its situated on the south shore of Great Slave Lake, graced with the NWT’s best beach and all manner of possibilities for boating and fishing. 
With a population of 19,234, Yellowknife is the North's metropolis. It sits on the shores of Great Slave Lake at the terminus of Highway 3, the northernmost community on the Deh Cho Travel Connection. Visitors in winter enjoy possibly the best Aurora displays on earth; in summer the town is a mecca for fishing, paddling, hiking and other outdoor activities. Annual events include the beloved SnowKing carnival and Long John Jamboree in March and the ever-popular Folk on the Rocks music festival in July.  

British Columbia

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Chetwynd (population 2,635) is the first town eastbound travellers encounter after emerging from the Rockies along Highway 97. The community acts as a gateway to the Peace River Country, and boasts a wealth of lakes, rivers, campgrounds, hiking trails and scenic vistas. Visitors can experience the Little Prairie Heritage Museum, located in one of the town's oldest buildings, and observe more than 50 chainsaw carvings spread throughout town, along with a downtown monument declaring Chetwynd the "Chainsaw Sculpture Capital of the World."
Dawson Creek
One of the largest communities along the Deh Cho Travel Connection, Dawson Creek (population 11,583) is located just west of the Alberta-British Columbia border in the dry prairie land of the Peace River Country. Sometimes called "the Mile 0 City," it is the beginning of the Alaska Highway, and welcomes hundreds of thousands of northbound travellers every summer. Attractions include the Alaska Highway House, the Kiskitinaw Bridge, the art museum and numerous scenic lakes and landscapes. 
Fort Nelson
Located along the Alaska Highway near the confluece of the Muskwa and Prophet Rivers, Fort Nelson (population 3,902) is the northernmost British Columbia community that motorists on the Deh Cho Travel Connection will encounter. Founded in 1805 as a fur-trading -post, Fort Nelson is now a hotbed of natural gas exploration, forestry, and, of course, tourism, with some 300,000 visitors per year. Nearby attractions include Muncho Lake Provincial Park and Liard Hot Springs.
Fort St. John
With a population of 18,609, this is the transportation and service hub of northeastern British Columbia. It is set in the low, rolling hills of the Peace River Valley, at Mile 47 of the Alaska Highway. Founded as a trading post in 1794, it is the oldest European settlement in B.C. Camping and recreation can be found at the nearby Beatton and Charlie Lake Provincial Parks.
Hudson's Hope
Located along Highway 29, between Chetwynd and Fort St. John, Hudson's Hope (population 1,012) was founded in 1805 as a North West Company trading post. Today, visitors can enjoy the Hudson's Hope Museum (located in the old Hudson’s Bay Store) and canoe, kayak, sail or fish on Williston Lake, Dinosaur Lake, Cameron Lake and the Peace River.
Pouce Coupe
Frequently referred to as the "pioneer capital" of the Peace River Region, Pouce Coupe (population 739) is situated 10 kilometres southeast of Dawson Creek, just off the Alaska Highway. Though Pouce Coupe means "cut thumb" in French, it was in fact named for a local Beaver Nation chief, Pooscapee. Visitors can tour the Pouce Coupe museum and camp and picnic at the Pouce Coupe Regional Park south of town.
Situated on the Taylor Flats on a bend in the Peace River, Taylor (population 1,373) is a welcoming stop for Alaska Highway travellers. The community is home to the annual World's Invitational Class 'A' Gold Panning Championships, held on August Long Weekend.
Tumbler Ridge
Located on a ridge of Mount Bergeron overlooking the confluence of the Murray and Wolverine Rivers, Tumbler Ridge (population 2,710) is 115 kilometres southwest of Dawson Creek and 1,186 kilometres north of Vancouver. Its alpine setting has earned it the nickname "the Shangri-La of the Rockies," providing visitors with opportunities for hiking, viewing waterfalls and relaxing in mountain meadows ablaze with wildflowers.