From Cache Lake Campground we continued north to a significant location – mile zero of the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creek. First we stayed overnight at Swan Lake Provincial Park close to the Alberta/British Columbia border and the next day we crossed into British Columbia.
Reaching Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creek, BC, was pretty significant for me. I had been planning our Pan-American journey for many years and in all the blogs I read and videos I watched there was a picture of their rig at the Mile Zero sign so reaching this milestone felt like we had really started. We had already traveled over 4000 km just getting here.
After Dawson Creek we continued north stopping overnight at our first Boondocking spot near Fort Nelson. This appeared to be an actual campground but there was no way to pay so we just set up camp and stayed for the night.
The Alaska Highway requires lots of maintenance because the winters are so hard on it. All of the maintenance is done over the summer and fall so there is no way one is going to traverse the highway without getting stopped for road construction.
We also stopped for a night at Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park. We arrived early in the afternoon and went for a dip in the hot springs. It was marvelous. The campground had, by far, the most mosquitoes we had encountered to date. Not a problem, we just hung out inside the camper. Our mosquito killing frenzy after moving from the camper to the truck as we were leaving in the morning was quite funny. We have an electrified mosquito killer that looks like a tennis racquet that is very effective. After Liard, we decided to buy a second one the next time we passed a Canadian Tire store.