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Kiskatinaw Provincial Park
About This Park
From Kiskatinaw Provincial Park, visitors can take a stroll to the bridge and reflect upon the unique history of the Alaska Highway. Jump in the river for a refreshing swim or spend the day fishing.
Please note: This park is being maintained by a local community organization or business. Services and/or facilities may vary from provincial standards.
Know Before You Go
- There are no developed trails at this park.
- Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs) are prohibited in this park. ORVs include ATVs, off-road motorcycles, snowmobiles and side-by-sides.
Nature and Culture
Cultural Heritage: Threats of a Japanese invasion of Alaska during the Second World War initiated one of the greatest engineering feats of the century--the building of a 1520 mile highway which would connect Alaska to Canada and the United States. Over 11,000 troops endured mosquitoes, black flies, and extreme weather conditions to construct a route over muskeg, mud and river.
Here at mile 20 on the original highway, the Kiskatinaw River posed an early obstacle. The location of the bridge site, near a hairpin turn on the river, forced construction of a curved right-of-way. Engineers developed this 190 foot wooden bridge with a super elevated (banked) nine degree curve to conform with the bend of the highway.
Contracted by a Canadian company, construction of this engineering marvel took nine months to complete. It was the first curved wooden bridge built in Canada and today, it is the only curved, banked trestle bridge remaining in Western Canada.
- Conservation: The park is forested with balsam poplar, white spruce and trembling aspen.
- Wildlife: Moose and deer may be viewed around the campsite. Squirrels, chipmunks and various songbirds are more common visitors.