British Columbia is best known for the buzzing metropolis of Vancouver, the old growth forests of the West Coast, and the ski hills in the Kootenays and Coast Mountains. But if you venture further north, you’ll experience an entirely different adventure. Northern British Columbia is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. If you are en route to the Yukon or Alaska by road, you can easily discover the oasis of Liard hot springs, the pristine lake and quaint town of Atlin, and the vast mountain scenery along the Alaska Highway and the Stewart Cassiar Highway the that travelers who stay further south never find out about.
Much of Northern British Columbia has close ties with the Yukon. The Alaska Highway begins in Dawson Creek, BC and meanders through northeastern BC towards the Yukon while passing through the communities of Fort St John and Fort Nelson. Along the way, pause at Muncho Lake to enjoy the view, then stop at Liard Hotsprings for a refreshing soak. If you want to visit a true gem of Northern BC, turn south at Jake’s Corner towards Atlin, BC. Isolated from the rest of British Columbia and with no cell phone tower, Atlin is a scenic mining town that evokes the slow pace and tight-knit community of an era gone past.