We are in Watson Lake. This will be our last community in the Yukon Territory. But what a community! Driving into the community of Watson Lake, we see something unusual.
Are these sign posts? Oh yes. Not just a few signs, but so many.
This is Watson Lake’s most famous attraction.
We are at the Sign Post Forest. OK, but why are all these signposts here?
This sign explains the beginning. Just think, all these signs are the result of a homesick American from Danville, Illinois. Apparently he was not the only one suffering from a little homesickness.
Look at all these signs. The Alaska Highway was started March 8, 1942. More than 11,000 soldiers and engineers, 16,000 civilians and 7,000 pieces of equipment built this 1,500 mile road through the vast wilderness of northern Canada and Alaska. In less than 9 months Dawson Creek, British Columbia and Delta Junction, Alaska were connected. What an accomplishment. Once Carl Lindley put up the first sign, the idea really caught on and everyone started putting up signs.
Even with these panoramas, there was no way mom could get photos to show the thousands of signs, everywhere. We ducks enjoyed sitting on the bridge and reading some signs.
We went to the Visitor’s Center in Sign Post Forest. They were very helpful and so nice. If humans have a sign to add to the forest, the Visitor’s Center will provide a hammer and guide humans to the area where new signs can be placed. Our moms said if we ever come here again, we will bring a sign to add.
Leaving the Visitor’s Center, we looked more and are still rather speechless at all the signs. Our guide book says Sign Post Forest is one of The Yukon’s most famous landmarks and contains over 72,000 unique signs. Looking down the main street (The Alaska Highway), we liked the international flags.
As you can see, Watson Lake is not a large town.
According to Wikipedia, the 2016 census showed a population of 790 permanent residents. Our hotel was clean and comfortable. The restaurant served great food. If you are looking for an interesting place to get away from it all, you might like Watson Lake, Yukon Territory, Canada. Heading south in the morning, we once again saw an adorable bear along the road. Of all the bear photos mom took, this just might be her favorite.
Isn’t he looking right back at us as we look at and admire him. We were thrilled to see bears along the road in the Yukon almost every day. Continuing through the beautiful scenery, we left the Yukon Territory and entered beautiful British Columbia.
We are enjoying our scenic drive through Canada.
Signpost City! That is amazing. Sounds like a lot of fun actually, and this observation coming from someone who thinks signage is taking over the planet some days. Now I know what it is that Uptown Sedona Arizona has in mind with it’s ever increasing signage. Great photo essay. Thank you. All my best to you and have a most excellent weekend.
Thanks. These sign posts were certainly a sight to see. We loved them. Maybe not taking the planet yet but signs have taken part of Watson Lake. Wishing you a great weekend also.
So many interesting sights to see!
Was fun to see so many signs. From all over the world
I’m enjoying your scenic drive through Canada too. With 72,000 signs, it would be difficult to find one from a place you know.
The signs were from all over the world. You would recognize most, if not all, the locations.
How interesting! Great bear photo!
Seeing the bears along the road almost daily was a real highlight of the drive. This is probably my favorite bear photo.