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Watson Lake - Yukon

 

Originally known as Fish Lake, Watson Lake developed quickly as a regional center during the Second World War and the building of the Alaska Highway. It's at mile 635. The community is an important forestry, commercial and transportation center for the southern Yukon area, with services for travelers, hunters, anglers and trappers.

During the wartime period, service men and construction workers erected signposts from their home towns. This was continued over the years by travelers and today there is a forest of road signs from around the word, located beside the Alaska Highway. A nostalgic summer tent show focusing on the World War II years is staged next to the information centre.

Watson Lake Today

The Watson Lake Travel Infocentre is at the junction of the Alaska Highway and Robert Campbell highways, behind the forest of signs. For advance information on local events and services, call (867) 536-7469. In the same building is the Alaska Highway Interpretation Centre, containing displays on the building of the highway in 1942.

 

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Accommodations in Watson Lake

Belvedere Hotel
867-536-7712
This operation has hotel and motel rooms, plus a restaurant and lounge.

Gateway Motor Inn
867-536-7744
With 58 sleeping units, this motel has a restaurant, cocktail lounge, telephones, and color cable TV.

Watson Lake Hotel
867-536-7781. This long-standing hotel has 48 rooms, kitchenettes, and suites, with color cable TV, telephone, airport limousine, fully licensed dining room, and a cocktail lounge.

Cedar Lodge Motel
Phone: (867) 536-7406

Watson Lake Camping:

Downtown RV. Park
Located in the center of Watson Lake, with full hook-ups, pull-through's, laundry, showers, there is a free RV wash with several bays. Thde campgroun d is centrally located within walking distance of Watson Lake's restaurants and attractions. For info, call 867-536-2646.

Watson Lake Public Campground
With 45 campsites, this campground is on the Alaska Highway north of Watson Lake, 3 kilometers (2 miles) off the highway via a side road.

Where to Eat

Archie's Fast Food & Take-Out
Phone: (867) 536-2400

Belvedere Hotel
Phone: (867) 536-7712

Klondike Patties Burger Bar
Phone: (867) 536-7781

Pizza Palace
Phone: (867) 536-7744

Wolf-It-Down Restaurant
Phone: (867) 536-2307

 

 

 

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