Our next destination was Grande Prairie. We have visited Canadian Alps in a previous trip and did not want to go back to those same places. We still wanted to visit Edmonton and visit the famous Edmonton Mall. A stop over at Grande Prairie was the best option. The distance from Fort Nelson to Grande Prairie is 584 kilometres. We knew the road was good and we could cover this distance easily.
We had breakfast at the hotel and left early around 7:00AM. We were still travelling on the Alaska Highway. We knew we had to cover a long distance driving part of the distance on the Alaska Highway. We did not see any wild animals today. We are now on the home stretch getting closer to the end of the trip. We knew Alaska Highway ends in Dawson Creek. We stopped the vehicle and took some photos. The photos show the place where the Alaska Highway ends and shows zero miles.
Alaska Highway starting point showing mile zero
Showing the entry point to Alaska Highway
Construction of the Alaska Highway in 1942 within a short time of 8 months is considered a great achievement. It was constructed during the Second World War. We also realised that we covered the entire length of the Alaska Highway during this trip (the total length of the highway is 2450 kilometres). In Alaska it officially starts at Delta Junction (not Fairbanks) and the other end is in Canada, Dawson Creek.
After Dawson Creek, we drove slowly and stopped in several small towns. We bought some cherries from a fruit stall on the road. They are so fresh and tasted great!
Fresh Cherries from a fruit stall on the road
The road became better as we got closer to Grande Prairie. Grande Prairie is a big city and the road became a dual carriage highway as we approached the city.
The Road became a dual carriage highway closer to Grande Prairie.
We booked into the hotel Days Inn at Grande Prairie. The hotel is in an isolated area, not very close to other hotels or shopping centres. It was not a big problem for us as we had the vehicle to go anywhere we wanted. The hotel was good, but not as glamorous as Spring Hill Suite or Holiday Inn Express. We were there for just one night and we were only looking for a place to take a good rest and sleep.
Days Inn hotel from outside
The city is spread over a big area and we visited one shopping centre just to see what we can find in the shops. In the night we went to an Indian restaurant called Taj Grill and Bar. Trip Advisor had very good ratings for this restaurant and we wanted to taste something different. From the description and the on line menu, we understood it was a North Indian restaurant and serves dishes like Chicken Tikka, Butter Chicken. When we went there, there was a buffet dinner in addition to normal dishes ordering off the menu. We opted to go for the Buffet dinner as it had more variety. The food was ok and reasonably priced. We came back to the hotel after a good dinner.