Canada. My home country and the spotlight of the Sunday Special these many months. In this time I have shown you a bit of this large and beautiful land: from British Columbia in the west to the Atlantic provinces and Newfoundland in the east and the territories of the north. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed these entries and will consider visiting these areas whether you live outside of Canada or call this country home. Now this would be once the pandemic is over, of course.
This final post of this series takes us to the territory directly north of BC and the one associated with Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1800s — the Yukon. The smallest and least populated of all the territories, the Yukon is filled with stunning nature, roaming wildlife, intriguing history, and is a gateway to Alaska. The Yukon is a popular destination in Canada with plenty to see and do. The capital city of Whitehorse and the Gold Rush town of Dawson City are among the top spots to visit. Outdoor enthusiasts seek out activities in places such as Kluane National Park, Miles Canyon, and Tombstone Territorial Park. Culture and history abounds at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Center, the Dawson City Museum, the S.S. Klondike riverboat, and more. There really is so much to see in this territory, which is why its at the top my Canada Bucket List. However, today’s post is about a unique attraction outside of Watson Lake called Sign Post Forest.
SIGN POST FOREST
The beginning was humble enough. A single act done out of homesickness triggered a fun installation that now encompasses several acres and over 80,000 signs. The Alaska Highway was constructed from 1942 – 1943. The area by Watson Lake is where an American solider named Carl Lindley posted a directional sign for his home town of Danville, Illinois and the distance to it (2835 miles). Lindley was in region recovering from an injury and was assigned some light work repairing directional signs. As mentioned above, that work and a longing for home prompted him to construct the sign that has now inspired many others to follow suit. Today the town of Watson Lake maintains the site and encourages people to bring their own sign posts. If you don’t have a sign you can build one at the Visitor’s Interpretive Centre — they’ll even give you nails and hammer to use. This sounds like a fairly neat and interesting place to visit.
The Yukon has restrictive measures in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.