KISKATINAW PROVINCIAL PARK, BC Alaska Highway Attraction, Kiskatinaw Bridge
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KISKATINAW
PROVINCIAL PARK

BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA


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Welcome to Kiskatinaw Provincial Park, BC located in the northwestern part of the Peace Country.



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The campground has 28 vehicle/tent campsites with picnic tables, firepits, pit toilets, water and firewood that has to be purchased. Pay phone. Open from May to October. 2014 rates: $16 per night.


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A small playground is set up at the entrance to the park where the children love to play.


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There is a hand pump for water located at the centre of the park.


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Below the bridge you can find a large sandy area. A swimming hole just below the bridge is said to be at least 10 feet deep.

Hiking is popular, with trails starting at the north of the park by the #13 campsite. You can spend hours hiking.

A variety of bird species live in the area as well as deer, moose, elk and bears.

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KISKATINAW PROVINCIAL PARK, B.C.

Kiskatinaw Provincial Park, British Columbia is located 5km off Highway 97 on the Old Alaska Highway. Located at mile 20 of the Alaska Highway, it is 28km north of Dawson Creek. The main attraction at the park is the Kiskatinaw River Bridge.

During the 2nd World War, there were threats of the Japanese invading Alaska which was the result of building the Alaska Highway. 11,000 troops endured extreme conditions to build the 1520 mile highway would connect Alaska to Canada and the United States that began at Mile Zero, Dawson Creek. At the Kiskatinaw River, mile 20 on the original highway, a hairpin turn forced the construction of this very unique bridge. Engineers developed this 534 foot (162.5 metres) long wooden bridge that is sloped and has a 9 degree curve to conform with the bend in the highway.

Construction of this wooden bridge took 9 months to complete and was the 1st curved wooden bridge to be built in Canada. There are few that still remain. The Canadian Corp who were contracted to build the bridge, camped in the area, and later became the Kiskatinaw Provincial Park which now contains an area of 58 ha. Kiskatinaw in Cree means "cutbank" and had been labelled "Cutbank River" on early maps. The bridge had a maximum 25 tonne capacity which restricted the load of many oil and gas companies coming into the aree in the 1970's. In 1978 a new road was built that by-passed the Kiskatinaw Bridge.

KISKATINAW RIVER BRIDGE
Located just north of Dawson Creek, the Kiskatinaw River Bridge is one of the Landmarks you will want to see this summer as you DiscoverThePeaceCountry. It is the 1st wooden curved bridge built in Canada during the 2nd World War, and is still operational today.

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Kiskatinaw River flows along the east side of Dawson Creek, then bends north around the town toward the park and onward to the Peace River. Fishing for pike and bull and rainbow trout is available.




Vehicles still cross the Kiskatinaw Bridge. This picture shows the extreme curve of the wooden bridge.

First Hand History of the Kiskatinaw River Bridge.
Here is a short story by Thomas Gentles (1889-1977) of his own experiences in 1942, while helping build the bridge over the Kiskatinaw River on the Alaska Highway. The 5 page document was made available by Robert Gentles, the youngest son of the author, to be featured for the first time on DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com.
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KISKATINAW PROVINCIAL PARK


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The Kiskatinaw Bridge stands tall as one can view it from below.


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The top surface of the bridge is made up of wood planking. A layer of 2x10's are actually nailed to the bridge.


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The view from the Historic Bridge. The Kiskatinaw River becomes very shallow later in the year and one can walk across it.





 

KISKATINAW PROVINCIAL PARK, BC

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