Hudson?s Hope Bi-Centennial

Come and celebrate with the town of Hudson?s Hope, BC, their 200th Anniversary! In 1805 Hudson?s Hope was established as a trading post by the Hudson?s Bay Company. The town is the third oldest European Community in British Columbia, and stretches for five miles along the Peace River. Hudson?s Hope is located 90 kilometers West of Fort St. John and 66 kilometers North of Chetwynd on Highway 29. Hudson?s Hope has a very unique and intriguing history?Alexander Mackenzie was the first white explorer through the area, while on his journey up the Peace River. Back then, the major economic driver was fur trading. However, today?s economy is based on farming/ranching, hydro, oil & gas and forestry. To celebrate the town?s past, present and future growth Hudson?s Hope will be hosting a parade, a large family BBQ, games for all ages and as well an event at the local swimming pool. For information on these events & activities, or to learn more about the town of Hudson?s Hope please contact the Visitor Info Centre at (250)783-9154. This Northern Minute was created by Hello North, please check out our website at www.hellonorth.com for more Northeastern BC events.

Alaska Highway History

The initial try at a highway to Alaska didn?t start with a snarl of bulldozers and the whine of chainsaws. It began with 35 Mounties and 60 horses clearing and widening a track to Alaska mapped out by Inspector Moodie in 1897. It wasn?t exactly a highway, only eight feet wide and designed to permit wagon travel. It pushed nearly 400 miles from Fort St. John through Hudson?s Hope and up the Finlay Valley. The raw recruits from the North West Mounted Police started the road on the first of June 1905 and abandoned it in the fall of 1908 but it was a valiant effort with an axe and shovel. After the bombing Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Canadian and American governments deemed it necessary to build a road to defend the West Coast. The route was far enough inland to avoid attack by enemy planes from the sea and it connected the vital air base of the Northwest Staging Route from Edmonton to Fairbanks. It took 8 months, 12 days to construct the one-thousand five-hundred and twenty-three mile long Alcan Highway. Each year approximately 320 thousand visitors travel the Alaska Highway. It is quite remarkable that we have an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in our backyard. This Northern Minute was created by Hello North, your regional tourism association, check out www.hellonorth.com for more Northeastern BC events.