Fort Nelson is home to about 5000 people & the hub for the whole Northern
Rockies, providing a host of services for all who travel along the Alaska Highway.
The town has grown dramatically in recent years, benefiting from tourism, oil & gas exploration, construction, forest products & the logging industry. Fort Nelson was set up as a trading post by Europeans in 1805 by the North West Fur Trading co. & developed through the years as a centre for expansion & trading to the North. By 1942, when the Alaska Highway was being constructed from Dawson Creek to Fairbanks Alaska, Fort Nelson became poised for even greater growth & development. The building of the Alaska Highway in 8 month's time, during wartime, with 27 000 military & private personnel was a tremendous engineering accomplishment. Today, the Alaska Highway is one of the most scenic & picturesque highway routes in the world.
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