The Sign Post Forest - Watson Lake Yukon Canada

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One of the most famous landmarks along the Alaska Highway

Home to more then 80,000 signs which make up The Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake, Yukon

The Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake, Yukon, Canada is home to signs from all over the world. With the first sign placed there in 1942, travelers from all over the world are still travelling up there today to leave their mark. This is  a must see if you ever get a chance to travel the Alaska Highway in Northern BC, Canada.

Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake. Photo Credit Rene Coatta.
Watson Lake Popular Attraction. Photo Credit Rene Coatta.

The Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake, Yukon Canada

The Sign Post Forest In Watson Lake, Yukon is located at historical mile 635 of the Alaska Highway. This attraction has been bringing travelers from all over the world since 1942, and they still continue to come today. This miniature maze sits on a couple of acres with so much to read, see and explore. It is quite fascinating to see all the signs that fellow travelers have brought there from all around the world! 

Signs of The Sign Post Forest. Photo Credit Rene Coatta.
Walking the trails of The Sign Post in the Yukon Canada. Photo Credit Rene Coatta.

Watson Lake History

It all started with a homesick soldier back in 1942. Private Carl Lindley of Company D, 341st Army of Engineers was injured while working on the Alaska Highway. He was taken to recover to an aid station, which is now called Watson Lake. While there Lindley was given light work duty of repainting and repairing directional sign posts. While doing so he added a sign of his own from Danville, Illinois USA his home town where he was from. This was the beginning of the Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake, Yukon Canada.

Leaving Your Mark

Do you want to leave your mark? With street signs, road signs, license plates, welcome signs and even homemade signs, new panels are constantly being added so visitors can leave their mark. If you don't have a sign to bring visitors can make their own at the Visitors Information Centre. The information center is open from the middle of May to the middle of September from 8am-8pm. The visitors center also has nails and hammers which you can borrow incase you left yours at home. While you are there check out some of the equipment which was onced used while building the Alaska Highway or catch a video on it in the 60 seat theatre.

Signs in Watson Lake Yukon. Photo Credit Rene Coatta.
Walking the trails of the Watson Lake attraction. Photo Credit Rene Coatta.

How To Get To Watson Lake

There are a few different ways of getting there, one being taking the 5 hour bus trip from Whitehorse to Watson Lake, Yukon. Another way, which is my favourite is to travel the Alaska Highway to get there. Starting at Mile Zero in Dawson Creek BC, The Sign Post Forest is located at mile 635. It is longer trip, but it is so worth it as there are lots of places to stop along the way, making it well worth the trip.

Welcome to Dawson Creek Yukon Canada. Photo Credit Rene Coatta.
Yukon border sign. Photo Credit Rene Coatta.

In Conclusion

In conclusion if you are the type of person that likes to plan their trips ahead of time, try booking your trip for 2042 . That is when Watson Lake will open the time capsule that was buried there at the 50th anniversary celebration in 1992. If you can't wait that long then grab your sign and head out on a road trip up to Watson Lake, Yukon. With no admission you can wander through the maze of signs till your heart is content. This is a trip that should be on everyone's bucket list!

Come and explore The Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake

The Sign Post Forest Watson Lake, Yukon Canada

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Location (Map)

Mile 635, Alaska Hwy, Watson Lake, YT Y0A 1C0, Canada
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Comments 16

Andrea Horning on Friday, 03 February 2023 20:48

I have always wanted to visit the sign forest. I am hoping to go this summer!

I have always wanted to visit the sign forest. I am hoping to go this summer!
Rene Coatta on Saturday, 04 February 2023 22:16

You will love it so much!!

You will love it so much!!
EH Canada Marketing Group on Friday, 03 February 2023 21:09

Fav road trip in Canada is the Alaska Highway and the Dempster. On the way you must stop into this cool attraction.

Fav road trip in Canada is the Alaska Highway and the Dempster. On the way you must stop into this cool attraction.
Cora Lee Rennie on Saturday, 04 February 2023 10:17

Great job Rene! I would love to visit the Yukon!

Great job Rene! I would love to visit the Yukon! :D
Rene Coatta on Saturday, 04 February 2023 22:17

Thank you so much, it is such a cool spot in Canada

Thank you so much, it is such a cool spot in Canada
Rene Coatta on Saturday, 04 February 2023 22:12

Andrea Horning It is such a hidden gem! It is one of our favourite spots to go to up North!!

Andrea Horning It is such a hidden gem! It is one of our favourite spots to go to up North!!
Rene Coatta on Saturday, 04 February 2023 22:13

EH Canada Marketing Group Yes!! This is such an awesome spot! We used to love stopping at Liard Hot Springs along the way!

EH Canada Marketing Group Yes!! This is such an awesome spot! We used to love stopping at Liard Hot Springs along the way!
EH Canada Marketing Group on Sunday, 05 February 2023 00:40

Rene Coatta That is a must stop for sure. Love the camping and the two hot pools. Even like the walk to the hot pools. We always stop in at Toad River Lodge too for lunch (if they are open).

Rene Coatta That is a must stop for sure. Love the camping and the two hot pools. Even like the walk to the hot pools. We always stop in at Toad River Lodge too for lunch (if they are open).
Tania Stewart on Sunday, 05 February 2023 06:51

On my bucket list for sure!

On my bucket list for sure!
Janel Coe on Sunday, 05 February 2023 17:17

Super cool! Thanks for the blog post, Rene. I love unique places like this.

Super cool! Thanks for the blog post, Rene. I love unique places like this.
Rene Coatta on Monday, 06 February 2023 06:19

Tania Stewart It such a great spot! Definitely a road trip to remember!!

Tania Stewart It such a great spot! Definitely a road trip to remember!!
Rene Coatta on Monday, 06 February 2023 06:20

Janel Coe Thank you so much! I love hidden gems like this!

Janel Coe Thank you so much! I love hidden gems like this!
Cora Lee Rennie on Monday, 06 February 2023 17:24

I would really like to see this sign forest! Looks like a unique experience!

I would really like to see this sign forest! Looks like a unique experience!
Diana Mohrsen on Tuesday, 07 February 2023 19:08

Oh, I'd love to travel the Alaska Highway again. Did it quite some time ago. A great experience.

Oh, I'd love to travel the Alaska Highway again. Did it quite some time ago. A great experience.
Rene Coatta on Saturday, 11 February 2023 04:07

Cora Lee Rennie It is such a cool road trip! It is pretty cool seeing all the signs from all over the world!

Cora Lee Rennie It is such a cool road trip! It is pretty cool seeing all the signs from all over the world!
Cora Lee Rennie on Saturday, 11 February 2023 16:23

Rene Coatta I would sure enjoy it ☺️

Rene Coatta I would sure enjoy it ☺️
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