East Access Route
Connects: Great Falls, MT, to Dawson Creek, BC
Routes#: I-15, Alberta Highways 2, 3, 4, 43, BC Highway 2
The East Access Route in Alberta is one of 3 access routes to the Alaska Highway logged in The MILEPOST® (the others are the West and Central Access Routes both which depart Washington and travel through British Columbia). This was the first and only access route to Dawson Creek, BC—and the start of the Alaska Highway—when the Alaska Highway opened to civilian traffic in 1948. The original route differed somewhat from today’s because Highway 43 was not completed until 1955. Instead, motorists had to drive north from Edmonton via Highway 2 to Athabasca, then west to High Prairie, then south to Grande Prairie, AB. Today’s route goes directly from Edmonton to Grande Prairie and Dawson Creek via Highway 43 through Whitecourt and Valleyview.
The MILEPOST® Quick Reference Log
Miles from Great Falls (GF) shown.
- GF 0 GREAT FALLS (pop. 58,950); all services.
- GF 86 Exit 364 to Lewis & Clark RV Park.
- GF 119.5 U.S.–Canada border (Sweetgrass, MT/Coutts, AB). Shared U.S.–Canada Port-of-Entry; 24-hour customs and immigration.
- GF 131.5 Milk River Travel Information Centre and 8 Flags Campground (seasonal).
- GF 182.5 LETHBRIDGE (pop. 90,417) at junction of Highways 3, 4 and 5; all services. Lodging, camping, visitor information. Attractions include Fort Whoop-Up, the Galt Museum, and Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden.
- GF 217.5 Junction with Highway 2 north to Calgary.
- GF 219.2 Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- GF 241.5 CLARESHOLM (pop. 3,758); all services. Lazy J Motel, phone 1-888-625-3899.
- GF 319 CALGARY (pop. 1,149,552), one of Alberta's 2 major population centers; all services available. Visitor information. Major attractions include Heritage Park Historical Village, Canada Olympic Park, Calgary Zoo, Glenbow Museum, Fort Calgary, Calgary Tower and the Aero Space Museum. The Calgary Stampede takes place in July.
- GF 321 Junction with Trans-Canada Highway 1 west to Banff (79 miles), Lake Louise (113 miles) and Icefields Parkway to Jasper (258 miles).
- GF 343.8 Junction with Highway 72 east to Royal Tyrrell Museum at Drumheller (60 miles) in Canadian Badlands. The Canadian Badlands Passion Play is presented in Drumheller in July.
- GF 406.7 RED DEER (pop. 97,109); all services.
- GF 413.2 RV There Yet Campground.
- GF 460.8 WETASKIWIN (pop. 12,525); all services available. Visitor information. Camping at Wetaskiwin Lions RV Campground, phone 780-352-7258.
- GF 487.8 Exit 525 Devon Bypass via Highways 19/60) bypasses Edmonton. DEVON (pop. 6,510), 8.4 miles east of Highway 2, has all services. Visitor information. Area attractions: Devonian Botanic Garden, Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre and camping at Mile 20.3, Glowing Embers RV Park & Travel Center near where the bypass junctions with Yellowhead Highway 16A.
- GF 505.5 Exit west on Highway 2 for West Edmonton Mall.
- GF 509 EDMONTON (pop. 877,926), capital of Alberta; all services. Visitor information. Attractions include Fort Edmonton Park, Muttart Conservatory, Art Gallery of Alberta, the Alberta Legislature Building (free guided tour), the Royal Alberta Museum, Telus World of Science and Edmonton Valley Zoo. Edmonton is known as "Canada's Festival City" for its many annual events.
- GF 513 Junction of Highway 16A West with Devon Bypass/Highway 60; access south to Glowing Embers RV Park & Travel Center.
- GF 519 SPRUCE GROVE (pop. 24,646); all services. Area attraction: Spruce Grove Grain Elevator.
- GF 522.5 STONY PLAIN (pop. 15,051); all services. Visitor Information at the Dog Rump Creek Railway Station phone 780-963-4545. Camping at Camp n' Class RV Park. Attraction: outdoor murals.
- GF 527.7 Spring Lake RV Resort. South on Range Road 14, then west on Township Road 524. Second turnoff option in 1.6 miles westbound. Take Range Road 15 south.
- GF 532 Junction of Highway 16A with Highway 43 North; exit northeast to Whitecourt and Valleyview.
- GF 588 MAYERTHORPE (pop. 1,398); food, gas, lodging. Fallen Four Memorial Park.
- GF 613 WHITECOURT (pop. 10,574); all services. Camping at Lion's Club Campground. Visitor information at Whitecourt & District Forest Interpretive Centre (across from Lion's Club Campground).
- GF 665.2 FOX CREEK (pop. 1,969); all services.
- GF 688.6 Poplar Ridge RV Park & Campground, open May–Oct., 30-amp service, phone 780-524-3912.
- GF 717.3 VALLEYVIEW (pop. 1,972); all services. Visitor information.
- GF 719.2 Junction with Highways 49/2 north to Peace River and Mackenzie Route to Northwest Territories (Deh Cho Route).
- GF 783.4 Junction with Highway 2 north to Grimshaw, Mile Zero of the Mackenzie Highway to Northwest Territories (Deh Cho Route).
- GF 787.2 GRANDE PRAIRIE (pop. 55,032); all services. Visitor information. Camping at Country Roads RV Park, Camp Tamarack RV Park, McGoverns RV & Marine Campground and Nitehawk Wilderness RV Park. Lodging in Paradise Inn & Conference Center, Sandman Hotels, and Service Plus Inns & Suites.
- GF 788.2 Junction with Highway 40 (Bighorn Route) south 118 miles to Grande Cache, 204 miles to Yellowhead Highway 16.
- GF 814.7 BEAVERLODGE (pop. 2,365); all services. Visitor information. Photo-op: giant beaver statue.
- GF 825.2 HYTHE (pop. 820); food, gas, lodging, camping.
- GF 845.5 Alberta–British Columbia border.
- GF 846.7 Junction with Heritage Highway 52, which leads southwest 91 miles to Tumbler Ridge.
- GF 851.5 Turnoff to north for Swan Lake Provincial Park (2.5 miles); camping.
- GF 864.2 POUCE COUPE (pop. 741); food store, museum, gas and lodging.
- GF 869.1 Chances Gaming Entertainment Centre; lodging.
- GF 872.2 DAWSON CREEK, Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway.