Located on the Alaska Highway in the southeastern corner of the territory, Watson Lake welcomes thousands of visitors to the Yukon each year. It is the Yukon regions transportation centre and is the Yukon’s third largest community.
The Watson Lake area is home to the Liard First Nation and is within the traditional territory of the Kaska people. Originally, a fish camp and small airstrip, Watson Lake boomed in the early 1940s due to the construction of the Alaska Highway when thousands of US Army soldiers arrived to build this renowned roadway.
In addition to welcoming travellers, the Watson Lake Visitor Interpretive Centre provides the fascinating history of the Alaska Highway. The town’s world famous Signpost Forest, started in 1942 by a homesick US Army soldier, is nearby and the unique Northern Lights Space and Science Centre explores the science and folklore of the aurora borealis.
Watson Lake offers a variety of visitor services, amenities and attractions including a golf course, swimming pool, trails, parks and a recreation centre. Indulge in a steamy soak at Liard Hot Springs on your way north to Watson Lake. Watch for birds in the heart of town as you stroll around Wye Lake, and stop at Lucky Lake for a picnic and a ride on the waterslide.