Leave your mark—literally

Watson Lake is the first community travellers reach once the Alaska Highway crosses into the Yukon. It’s a friendly town that’s used to greeting visitors with plenty of services and a variety of attractions. 

One such attraction is Sign Post Forest. This iconic Yukon landmark was born when a soldier working on the construction of the Alaska Highway in 1942 posted a sign in the direction of his hometown. Over the decades, visitors from all over the world have added their own signs—just one more thing for you to cram into your suitcase. 

Across the highway, the Northern Lights Space and Science Centre offers summer travellers the chance to view video of the aurora borealis on a panoramic screen and learn more about this natural phenomenon through interactive displays. Then take to the outdoors and see how many different types of birds you can spot from the Wye Lake boardwalk. Nearby Lucky Lake is a pretty spot for a picnic and a swim. Or head up the highway to the Rancheria Falls Recreation Site and follow the walkway to the waterfalls.

Stop for the services, and stay for the experiences. In Watson Lake, you’ll find plenty of both.

  • The first sign at the Sign Post Forest was put up in 1942. There are now more than 90,000 signs from all over the world.
  • Rancheria, about 90 minutes north of Watson Lake, is a historic Alaska Highway service lodge originally commissioned by the British Yukon Navigation Company.
  • The Lucky Lake waterslide is one of the only outdoor waterslides north of the 60th parallel.
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