Kiskatinaw Provincial Park, British Columbia

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.




Kiskatinaw Park Sign - more info

Kiskatinaw River Bridge - more info

Swimming area - more info

Campground at Kiskatinaw Park - more info
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, bull and rainbow trout is available. Hiking is popular, with trails starting at the north of the park by the #13 campsite. You can spend hours exploring the area.


Playground - more info

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Kiskatinaw River - more info

Kiskatinaw Valley - more info




HISTORY OF KISKATINAW RIVER BRIDGE, BC

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 that would connect Alaska to 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 area in the 1970's. In 1978 a new road was built that by-passed the Kiskatinaw Bridge.



Another view of the Kiskatinaw River Bridge from the opposite side. A variety of bird species live in the area as well as deer, moose, elk and bears.




First Hand History of the Kiskatinaw River Bridge.
Featured 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. Start Page 1 - VIEW PAGE


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