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Watson Lake

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Watson Lake

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Watson Lake is a town in southeastern Yukon, close to the British Columbia border, with a population of 1,567 (Yukon Bureau of Statistics, June 2007).

Get in[edit]

Alaska highway (historical mile 635) from Fort Nelson or Whitehorse. The Watson Lake Airport provides corporate and charter services only.

Get around[edit]

Local taxi services are available.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Signpost Forest, At the intersection of the Alaska and Robert Campbell Highways. In 1942, a homesick U.S. Army G.I. working on the Alaska Highway posted a sign with the name and distance of his home town. The tradition has continued to this day and now the signpost forest contains over 72,000 signs.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Northern Lights Centre, On the Alaska Highway in Watson Lake, (867) 536-7827 (), [1]. If you can't see them outside, see them inside. This centre features a northern lights multimedia presentation in a 100-seat theatre. It also features other interactive displays discussing the science and folklore behind the northern lights. Open during the summer season only. In the winter, the centre is used for community events, movies, and space science education.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Wolf It Down Restaurant, Mile 650, Alaska Highway (23km west of Watson Lake), (867) 536-2307, [2]. Bakery and home-style meals, at Nugget City.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Andrea's (old Belvedere), 867-536-7712. Hotel, Bar and restaurant  edit
  • Bee Jays, 867-536-2550. Truck stop, tire repair, mechanic and restaurant  edit
  • Kathy's Kitchen, 867-536-2400. Restaurant  edit
  • Tags, 867-536-7422. Restaurant  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Cozy Nest Hideaway, 1175 Campbell Hwy., (867) 536-2204, [3]. A beautiful and friendly bed and breakfast on the lake. Open year round. $70 single, $80 couple.  edit
  • Andrea's Hotel, 609 Frank Trail (Watson Lake, Yukon), (867) 536-7712. 2 Queen size beds/ all non smoking, not pet friendly. Restaurant and lounge also available. Satellite TV, wireless internet/wifi. Open year round.  edit
  • Watson Lake Hotel, (867) 536-7712, [4].  edit
  • Dragon's Den Hotel/Motel, 711 Frank Trail (Watson Lake, Yukon), (867) 536-7115. 2 queen size bed, non smoking and smoking rooms, pet friendly, chinese restaurant and lounge opening soon. Satellite TV, wifi, kitchenettes, open all year round.  edit
  • Nugget City, Mile 650, Alaska Highway (23km west of Watson Lake), (867) 536-2307, [6]. RV park, cottages, and tenting area. Restaurant, gift shop, and vehicle service centre on-site.  edit
  • Stampeder's, 867-536-2157. 2 beatiful fully loaded cabins,wireless internet,satellite T.V.,open year round.  edit
  • A Nice Motel, 867-536-7222. 10 rooms/1queen bed, kitchennettes, wired internet,satellite T.V. fireplace.  edit
  • Big Horn Hotel, 867-536-2020. Jacuzzi room,kitchenettes,single/double rooms, satellite T.V.,wireless internet. Open year round.  edit
  • Cedar Lodge Motel, 867-536-7406. 12 rooms,4 suites and 5 kitchenettes, open year round, satellite T.V.  edit


Finding a pay phone should not be a problem in Watson Lake. If all else fails, there is one just inside Super A Foods and inside Andrea's Hotel, along the Alaska Highway.

  • Watson Lake Community Library, 701 Adela Trail (Town of Watson Lake Administration Building), (867) 536-7517 (), [7]. Provides free public Internet and computer access.  edit

Get out[edit]

You've probably encountered Watson Lake while traveling along the Alaska Highway. Heading north 264km towards Whitehorse, you will find Teslin with beautiful scenery and a good photo opportunity as you approach the Teslin River Bridge (second longest bridge along the Alaska Highway). Heading south 210km towards Fort Nelson, stop for a relaxing sit in the natural Liard River Hot Springs (open year round).

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