N.A.R. Park is short for Northern Alberta Railway Park. It is a cultural and historical park destination located in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada. When in Dawson Creek the park is easily identified by the metal statue pointing skyward, a towering grain elevator and the famous sign marking "Mile O" of the Alaska Highway.
It is said N.A.R. Park is the true “Mile 0” of the Alaska Highway dating back to 1942. Today, the Mile "O" Post is located just south of the park in the downtown section of the community. It is this post marker, located in the middle of an intersection, that is the most photographed item in Dawson Creek.
The park is home to many attractions and exhibits too. There is plenty to see outside and inside. Outside there is a monument, a statue, a railway car and some real unique structures like the Dawson Creek Station Museum and Art Gallery buildings. The buildings circle a large RV friendly parking lot.
The Dawson Creek Station Museum is located in the original 1931 Northern Alberta Railway Station. The museum houses the history of the region with plenty of artifacts, pictures and wildlife on display. Inside the museum is a small re-creation of the ticket office and living quarters of the historic railway station as it was back in the day.
The Dawson Creek Art Gallery is very unique also because it is located in a converted grain elevator. You cannot miss it as it dominates the skyline in N.A.R. Park. It is in this building that the art gallery has transformed itself into a year round destination featuring local artists and various major provincial and national exhibits.
The Northern Alberta Railway Park is a must stop when visiting Dawson Creek in any season. Why... because everyone who knows anything of North America's history will want a picture with the gigantic Alaska Highway sign.