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Historic Alaska Highway Lodges & Roadhouses

by Murray Lundberg

An Explorer's Guide to the Alaska Highway

Yukon Highway Lodges - More of the Story


    The lodges and points of interest that follow are in order from Dawson Creek, BC, to Delta Junction, Alaska. Initially posted on December 24, 2016, this will be an ongoing project as I add photos and information about each lodge.

  *   Locations for lodges and points of interest are given for Historic Miles from Dawson Creek, current kilometers ("Km"), and, in the Yukon, "old "Km", the kilometer-post reference prior to about 2010 when all kilometer-posts were replaced to reflect the shortened highway due to re-routing.

  *   All photographs are by Murray Lundberg unless otherwise credited, and copyright is held by him.

Click on the images below to enlarge them


Part 2: Lodges from Mile 496 to Mile 918 - Liard Hotsprings to Whitehorse

Part 3: lodges from Mile 968 to Mile 1428 - Mendenhall to Delta Junction



Dawson Creek - Historic Mile 0,


Cedar Lodge Motel, Dawson Creek, 1957
Cedar Lodge Motel: Historic Mile 0

The ad to the left is from The Fairbanks New-Miner Progress Edition, November 20, 1957.

  *   November 1957, has 20 all new, modern units; operated by Hank and Georgie Redecopp.


Dawson Hotel - Historic Mile 0
  *   "Alaska and the Alaska Highway" (AAA, 1950): 54 rooms, 8 baths. Single $2 to $5, double $3 to $7.50. Modern.


Farstad Motel - Historic Mile 0

  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: Carl and Gena Farstad, who own and operate this motel, offer clean, modern rooms, radios in each room; central heating; good beds, shower or tub bath, some light cooking facilities; plug-ins for car block heaters in winter; rates from $6 single, $7 double and up. Reservations advisable during tourist season. Phone Dawson Creek 535. or write P. 0. Box 1151, Dawson Creek, BC. Motel has been enlarged to two stories; other improvements, wall-to-wall carpeting.


Mile Zero Hotel, Dawson Creek, 1957
Mile Zero Hotel: Historic Mile 0

The ad to the left is from The Fairbanks New-Miner Progress Edition, November 20, 1957.

  *   November 1957, R. H. Neilson is manager.


Windsor Hotel, Dawson Creek, 1957
Windsor Hotel: Historic Mile 0

The ad to the left is from The Fairbanks New-Miner Progress Edition, November 20, 1957.

  *   November 1957, has 54 rooms, 32 private baths.


Triway Motel & Trailer Park, Dawson Creek, 1957
Triway Motel & Trailer Park: Historic Mile 1.2

The ad to the left is from The Fairbanks New-Miner Progress Edition, November 20, 1957.

  *   November 1957, "Canada's largest trailer park" has room for 160 trailers on 6 acres, and 12 modern motel units; J. W. Ambler is manager.


Trail Motel, Dawson Creek, 1992
Trail Motel: Historic Mile 1.2

The ad to the left is from The Milepost, 1992 edition.


Peace River Bridge - Historic Mile 34, Km 55.4


Taylor Hotel - Historic Mile 35.5

  *   November 20, 1957, Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition: "Taylor Hotel - Mile 35.5. Taylor, B.C. New - open 3 months with 26 rooms - 15 with private bath. 24 hour service. Located in the Peace river district. Large dining room serving excellent meals with NORGAS used exclusively in their modern kitchens."


Fort St. John - Historic Mile 48, Km 75.6


Condill Hotel, Fort St. John, 1957

Condill Hotel, Alaska Highway, 1958

Condill Hotel: Historic Mile 48

The ad to the left is from The Fairbanks New-Miner Progress Edition, November 20, 1957.
Photo: Bill Lythgoe, ca. 1958.

  *   1942, Con Hergot and Joe Dill built the hotel as a place for American soldiers to stay during the construction of the Alaska Highway. November 19, 1942: "The new Condill Hotel, a modern structure of 40 rooms, cafe and two beverage parlors, was opened to the public at Fort St. John this week. This relieves the accommodation shortage to some extent, but it is still difficult to secure lodging in this northern boom town. During the summer travellers slept in their cars or on benches in the few hotel lobbies." (The Vancouver Province)
  *   "Alaska and the Alaska Highway" (AAA, 1950): 35 rooms, 6 baths. Single $2 to $3.50, double $3 to $5.50. Comfortable, well kept.
  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: Located in center of historic Fort St. John; quiet, modern hotel with clean, well-ventilated rooms with or without bath. Good cafe; complete garage service and stores adjacent to hotel. A new 15 room addition is planned for 1957. Manager, A. R. Andrews.
  *   2017, the City bought the hotel from owners Leo and Elaine Budnick, with the plan to demolish the hotel and sell the land for redevelopment under the city's downtown revitalization plan. The total cost of purchase and demolition was expected to be about $2.2 million. Demolition began in May 2018.


Charlie Lake Motel - Historic Mile 52

  *   November 20, 1957, Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition: "Charlie Lake Motel - Mile 52. Motel has 12 rooms and tub bath - inner spring mattresses - reading lamps - 24 hour service for your convenience. Rooms heated exclusively with NORGAS for your comfort."


The Shepherd's Inn, Alaska Highway, 1992 The Shepherd's Inn, Alaska Highway

The Shepherd's Inn, Alaska Highway

The Shepherd's Inn: Historic Mile 72, Km 115.4

The ad to the left is from The Milepost, 1992 edition.
Upper photo: June 20, 2004
Lower photo: February 26, 2015

  *   its origins are not yet clear, but it seems to have been a Country Kitchen franchose in the 1970s, then went bankrupt.
  *   In about 1981, the Country Kitchen was purchased by a group of conservative Christians known as The Move of the Spirit. Originally mostly Americans, they first moved to the Peace River district in the late 1960s, where they still live a communal lifestyle in several communities. As of 1991, about 50 people were living at the Shepherd's Inn commune (see articles in The Vancouver Sun of October 26, 1991 and September 22, 2003).
  *   in 1991, motel rooms were priced at $26.98.

Web site: TheShepherdsInn.ca


Wonowon - Historic Mile 101, Km 161.7


Blueberry Lodge - Historic Mile 101

  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: Well-known and entrance to a large wilderness area; lodge has new rustic cabins, cafe, rooms; gas, oil, tires; trailer parking; grocery store; telephone and telegraph service. Highway maintenance camp and first of many repeater stations (power "booster" plants supplying electricity for communications system.) New improvements include modern garage and service station; several modern rooms and cabins with showers and toilets; warm, comfortable, good spring mattresses; Pioneer lodge operated by Dot and Dave Peirce, owners.


Pink Mountain Lodge, Alaska Highway
Pink Mountain Lodge: Historic Mile 143, Km 225.9.

Photo: Bill Lythgoe, ca. 1963.


Beatton River Lodge: Historic Mile 147, Alaska Highway
Anderson's Beatton River Lodge: Historic Mile 147

Photo: 1948 postcard

  *   owned by the Anderson family, perhaps later by a son, Jimmy Anderson.
  *   October 5, 1959, Jim Anderson was killed when the panel truck he was a passenger in crashed near Mile 188.
  *   December 2, 1966, Vancouver Sun outdoors writer Lee Straight stated in article that they hunted Pink Mountain because Beatton River Lodge has rooms and 24-hour meal service, "which latter is a rare and wonderful find for anglers and hunters who like to rise early."
  *   March 25, 1967: "The Beatton River Lodge, a landmark at Mile 147, burned to the ground Wednesday [March 22]. It was built by Jim Anderson and has served since as a lodge, cafe, store and trading post. The explosion of an oil stove removed it from the scene." (Edmonton Journal)


Mae's Kitchen: Historic Mile 147, Km 232.5, Alaska Highway
Mae's Kitchen: Historic Mile 147, Km 232.5

Photo: September 12, 2016


Sikanni Chief Lodge - Historic Mile 162, Km 256.5


Mason Creek Lodge - Historic Mile 171

  *   November 20, 1957, Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition: "Mason Creek Lodge - Mile 171. Car service with gas & oil with BA and affiliated credit cards accepted. Lubrication, tires and general repair & limited warm storage. Cafe with meals serving from 6 a.m. to midnight. 8 rooms with convenient baths. Operated by the McGuire Family."
  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: The McGuires, who have taken over the management of the lodge, have cabins; rooms; cafe; grocery store; heated storage for cars; plug-ins for trailers. Plug in for block heating, heated garage and towing service. B&A gas and oil, tires, repairs.


Buckinghorse River Lodge, Alaska Highway
Buckinghorse River Lodge: Historic Mile 175, Km 279

Photo: June 20, 2004


Trutch Lodge, Alaska Highway
Trutch Lodge: Historic Mile 201 (the highway has been re-routed so there is no modern Km equivalent).

Photo: Bill Lythgoe, June 20, 1959.

  *   April 1948, gas and oil are available.
  *   June 1951, gas prices rise steadily as you go up the highway. Dawson Creek 47 cents per gallon, Trutch 57.4 cents, Watson Lake 67.4 cents.
  *   June 1953, a hotel and garage are being operated by Don Peck and his wife. Another report says that "a single building is a combination cafe and general store. Bearded truck drivers and construction workers fill the circular counter.
  *   November 20, 1957, Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition: "Trutch Lodge - Mile 200. Esso Gas - General Store - Good hunting and fishing area with licenses sold here. Cafe serving hot meals until 9 P.M. - Sandwiches til Midnight. Rooms with semi-private bath. Complete garage service. 'Class A' licenses guide service will arrange for hunting parties. Mail inquiries solicited. Owned and Operated by Mr. and Mrs. Don Peck."
  *   May 1959, looking for waitresses - $5.50 per shift plus room and board.
  *   April 27, 1963: "For sale: new 2 bay Standard Oil station, licenced restaurant, 600' frontage, all modern equipment, all utilities. Low down payment. Reason illness." (Vancouver Sun)
  *   Californians Harold and Marcellin Jolley and their 7 children, reported missing in mid-May, were found working at the Trutch lodge. Their discovery was widely reported across North America.
  *   August 31, 1963: "For lease: Trutch Lodge Cafe on Alaska Highway. Fully equipped and in operation by owners. Beer and wine licenses. Normal daily turnover in excess of $200. Rent and term of lease negotiable. Phone Martin, Fort Nelson 3B or write Trutch Lodge..." (Vancouver Sun). In November, Martin had for sale a 110-room hotel in downtown Tacoma, Washington; "seller endeavouring to consolidate his assets in the northern part of the country."
  *   October 1964, advertising for a waitress: "Top wages. Phone 6411 Trutch, collect, or Mr. or Mrs. Henderson." (Edmonton Journal)
  *   March 4, 1968, Trutch Lodge cook Ronald Savard, 48 years old, died at the lodge. He was buried at Ladysmith, BC.


Dutch Mill Lodge: Historic Mile 232.8
  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: A friendly atmosphere and spotless surroundings greet you at the Dutch Mill Lodge. The place is being remodeled and many improvements are planned by Earl and Maria Englesby, who recently took over the management. Present conveniences include cozy cabins, clean rooms, shower bath; cafe serving good meals; groceries and souvenirs; gas, oil, tires and minor repairs. Open 'til midnight.


Lum 'n' Abner's (Prophet River Services), Alaska Highway

Lum 'n' Abner's (Prophet River Services), Alaska Highway

Lum 'n' Abner's (Prophet River Services): Historic Mile 233, Km 364.7

Both photos: May 16, 2013

  *   "Alaska and the Alaska Highway" (AAA, 1950): Lum and Abner, 9 units, 2 baths. Double $4 to $5. Plain.
  *   The Milepost, 1957: "Lum 'N Abner's - cabins, cafe, store - at the sign of "The long tramp," an authentic trading post of pioneer days, with 8 real log cabins equipped with innerspring mattress, screen porches & oil heaters. The cafe & trading post is open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. for regular meals, service thereafter is sandwiches, snacks & home made pies. The store carries groceries & confections. Newly remodeled central. showers & plumbing facilities. Gas & oil (B.A. & affiliated credit cards accepted), tires & tire repairs & telephone complete the services. The owners & operators are Mr. & Mrs. Frank Dolan."
  *   In the late 1950s, Ray and Danielle Francouer arrived from Quebec, and with Ray's mother and her husband, Anne and Bob Chilson, bought the lodge. They left in 1962.
  *   In about 2000, a discount fuel operation opened right across the highway from Lum 'n' Abner's. It expanded to include a convenience store, and drove Lum 'n' Abner's out of business by about 2010. A couple of years later, the discount operation closed as well.


Hilltop Service (Last Resort): Historic Mile 278

  *   November 20, 1957, Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition: "Last Resort (formerly Hiiltop Service) - Mile 278. Rooms with inner-spring mattresses and separate cabins available. All heating by NORGAS for your warm comfort. Cafe serving meals and sandwiches from 7 am to midnight. Gas and Oil service with BA and affiliated credit cards accepted."


Fort Nelson - Historic Mile 300, Km 454.3


Avonlee Hotel: Historic Mile 300

  *   November 20, 1957, Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition: "Avonlee Hotel - Mile 300 Ft. Nelson. New modern hotel. 6 rooms with private bath, 12 with convenient baths. Each room centrally heated with hot water radiators. Cafe with meals from 6 A.M. to 11 P.M. Scheduled bus stop - Telephone & Telegraph Service. Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Secret, Props."


Fort Nelson Hotel, Alaska Highway

Fort Nelson Hotel, Alaska Highway

Fort Nelson Hotel: Historic Mile 300, Km 454.3

Both photos: Bill Lythgoe, ca. 1950s

  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: Modern two-story building; 44 rooms, many of them with private bath; established in 1946. Newly remodeled. This well-known hostelry, one of the better places along the Alaska Highway; dining room and beer parlor; telephone and telegraph; everything for the traveler; on scheduled bus stop; reservations advisable during tourist season. Charles H. Chausse, general manager.


1992 ad for Steamboat Mountain Lodge, Alaska Highway

Steamboat Mountain Lodge, Alaska Highway

Steamboat Mountain Lodge: Historic Mile 351, Km 531.6.

Ad: The Milepost, 1992 edition.
Photo: October 1, 2002.

  *   The Milepost, 1957: "Steamboat Mountain Lodge - located 2 miles from summit of Steamboat Mountain, with a cafe, sleeping rooms, 3 family-type housekeeping cabins, & garage with general auto repair service, tires & tire repairs, & Imperial gas & oil with this list of credit cards honored. Cafe is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Lodge operates all year, but all services are closed on Saturdays. Owned & operated by A. E. Isbister."
  *   December 12, 1979: "Steamboat Mountain Lodge, Mile 357, Alaska Highway. Cafe, living quarters, 4 pump, 40' x 50' garage, lodging, camping, much more, beautiful location. Good income. $85,000. Ph. 604 774-6011." (Whitehorse Star and several BC newspapers)
  *   August 7, 1982: "Steamboat Mountain Lodge, Alaska Highway, B.C. Priced for quick sale. $30,000 down. Will carry balance of $45,000 at 12%. 1-604-774-6011 or 1-604-774-9415," (Edmonton Journal)
  *   Destroyed by fire in September 2016.


Tetsa River Lodge, Alaska Highway

Tetsa River Lodge, Alaska Highway

Tetsa River Lodge: Historic Mile 375, Km 571.7.

Upper photo: August 31, 2011
Lower photo: June 20, 2004


Summit Lake Lodge, Alaska Highway

Summit Lake Lodge, Alaska Highway

The Summit (Summit Lake Lodge): Historic Mile 392, Km 597

Upper photo: May 16, 2013
Lower photo: July 7, 2014

  *   1948-1951, owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Ellis and Billie Clark.
  *   November 20, 1957, Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition: "The Summit - Mile 392. Hotel has oil heated rooms - single or double - inner-spring mattresses. Modern showers and plumbing convenient to rooms. A large cafe serving good meals and store in connection. Garage with All Types of Repairs. Heated car storage. Standard Gas & Oil with affiliated cards accepted."
  *   1980, owned and operated by Jim Voight, farmer, trapper, guide, and outfitter.


Rocky Mountain Lodge, Alaska Highway

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Rocky Mountain Auto Court (Rocky Mountain Lodge): Historic Mile 397, Km 605.7

Upper photo: January 29, 2006
Lower photo (approaching the lodge from the north): February 25, 2014

  *   "Alaska and the Alaska Highway" (AAA, 1950): Rocky Mountain Auto Court. 8 units, 2 baths. Double $3.50 to $4.50. Neat, modest rooms; good wholesome food.
  *   November 20, 1957,
Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition: "Rocky Mountain Auto Court - Mile 397. Rooms furnished with inner-spring mattresses, there are hot showers, a cafe, and cabins. BA Gas and affiliated cards accepted with tires sold and repaired. American owned & operated by Mr. & Mrs. D. D. DeMasters & Sons.


MacDonald River Services, Alaska Highway
MacDonald River Services lodge: Historic Mile 408, Km 624.8

Photo: January 29, 2006


Toad River Lodge, Alaska Highway

Toad River Lodge, Alaska Highway

Toad River Lodge (Toad River Lodge & RV Park): Historic Mile 422, Km 647.4

Both photos: February 25, 2014

  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): "Accom., meals, gas & oil, repairs, trailer space, guide service for big game." Accommodates 25 people, has telephone and/or telegraph service.
  *   December 4, 1974, Lash Callison, his wife Winnie, and his brother Dennis "had" the lodge at Toad River (Whitehorse Star).
  *   In the Spring of 1999, the lodge was bought by Matthew Roy and Darrell Stevens, who grew up on neighboring family farms in Edson, Alberta.

Web site: ToadRiverLodge.com


The Poplars Motel & RV Park, Alaska Highway
The Poplars Motel & RV Park: Historic Mile 426, Km 652

Photo: January 30, 2006

Web site: PoplarsCampground.weebly.com.


The Village lodge, Alaska Highway

The Village lodge, Alaska Highway

The Village (The Village Inn): Historic Mile 442, Km 679.

Upper photo: Bill Lythgoe, ca. 1958.
Lower photo: January 29, 2006

  *   November 20, 1957, Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition: "The Village. Mile 442. Gas & Oil service with BA and affiliated cards accepted. Scenic cabins and free trailer parking. Guide service available in wonderful hunting & fishing area. Merchandise store & cafe serving meals.
  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): Accom., some housekeeping, with showers, meals, gas & oil, repairs, store, trailer park, campground, laundry, guide services (20 horses) available for big game hunting. Accommodates 35 people.


Double G Service lodge, Alaska Highway
Double G Service: Historic Mile 456, Km 698.7

Photo: January 29, 2006


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Northern Rockies Lodge (Highland Glen Lodge), Alaska Highway

Northern Rockies Lodge (Highland Glen Lodge): - Historic Mile 462, Km 707.9

Both photos: February 25, 2014

  *   The original Highland Glen Lodge was built in the early 1950s by Scottish immigrants Jim and Betty Grant. As World War ll veterans, Jim and Betty were able to obtain the deed to the property just days before the region was turned into Muncho Lake Provincial Park.
  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): "Highland Glen Cabins. Accom., warm car storage, meals, gas & oil, store, boats and motors." Accommodates 18 people, has telephone and/or telegraph service.
  *   After the Grants retired in the mid 1970s, the property was purchased by Mr. Zimmermann, who operated it in absentia.
  *   Urs and Marianne Schildknecht, who had immigrated to Canada from Switzerland in 1979, bought the Highland Glen Lodge late in 1988, but soon realized that the existing buildings no longer met the expectations of many Alaska Highway travellers. In 1995, they built the new 14,000 square foot Northern Rockies Lodge. It is the largest year-round hotel and RV operation outside of any town on the Alaska Highway.

Web site: NorthernRockiesLodge.com.


Lakeview Lodge (Muncho Lake), Alaska Highway
Lakeview Lodge: Historic Mile 462

Photo: postcard, ca. 1960

  *   Charlie Brandt was the original builder/owner of the lodge, which was bought by Joe H. Bell in 1958. It burned in 1962. The Fort Nelson Public Library Archives has 2 photos and 1 postcard from the lodge in 1958-63.
  *   "Alaska Highway, Canadian Section" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1953): Brandt at Muncho. Acc., Meals, Store, Gas & Oil, Storage. Accommodates 18 people.
  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): Accom., meals, gas & oil, store, postal distribution, indoor swimming pool, bus stop. Accommodates 30 people.


Muncho Lake Lodge, Alaska Highway
Muncho Lake Lodge: Historic Mile 463, Km 710.1

Photo: Postcard, 1950s

  *   "Alaska and the Alaska Highway" (AAA, 1950): Muncho Lake Lodge, 12 units, 2 baths. Double $2.50 to $4.
  *   "Alaska Highway, Canadian Section" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1953): Acc., Meals, Gas & Oil, Minor Repairs. Accommodates 10 people.
  *   November 20, 1957,
Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition: "Muncho Lake - Mile 463. On the beautiful Muncho Lake - 10 rooms with convenient bath & shower. Hand made birch beds, new improved facilities for trailers. Cafe serving meals. Guide service 1 mile."
  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): Accom., meals, gas & oil, minor car repairs. Accommodates 30 people.



Part 2: Lodges from Mile 496 to Mile 918 - Liard Hotsprings to Whitehorse

All photos are © 1990-2019 by Murray Lundberg, and are not to be reproduced without permission.