Yellowhead Highway

Connects: Edmonton, AB, and Prince Rupert, BC
Route#: 16
Length: 902 miles
Road Surface: Paved
Season: Open all year
Highest Pass: Obed Summit, elev. 3,819 feet
Maps (3 detailed pdf files available):
Edmonton, AB to Prince George, BC
Prince George, BC to Topley, BC
Topley, BC to Prince Rupert, BC

Yellowhead Highway 16 is a major east–west route providing access to a number of attractions in Alberta and British Columbia, and junctioning with both the East and West Access Routes to the Alaska Highway as well as the Cassiar Highway. Yellowhead Highway 16 is a very scenic route, passing through mountains, forest and farmland. Watch for wildlife!

Grizzly grazes alongside the Yellowhead Highway.

The MILEPOST® logs Yellowhead Highway 16 from Edmonton, AB, to Prince Rupert, BC, where travelers may connect with Alaska ferries to Southeastern Alaska, and BC Ferries to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island.

The MILEPOST® Quick Reference Log
Miles from Edmonton (E).

E 0  EDMONTON. Junction of Anthony Henday Drive North/Highway 216 with Highway 16A West/Stony Plain Road. Distance to Prince George is 454 miles; distance to Alaska State Ferry dock at Prince Rupert is 902 miles.
E 4.5
Devon Bypass/Highway 60. Glowing Embers Travel Centre & RV Park.
E 9.4 Begin Spruce Grove shopping area westbound. Turn left on Century Road for Diamond Grove RV Campground.
E 10 SPRUCE GROVE (pop. 23,326); all services.
E 10.5 Golden Spike Road to Railway Avenue and access to Spruce Grove Grain Elevator and Archives; tours May-Sept.
E 14.1 STONY PLAIN (pop. 15,051); all services.
E 19 Beach Corner; gas station with diesel.
E 23.2 Junction with Highway 43 North (East Access Route to the Alaska Highway).
E 31.4 Wabamun Provincial Park turnoff; camping.
E 33.4 WABAMUN (pop. 662); all services.
E 55.5 Pembina River Provincial Park, fishing, swimming, camping, playground.
E 81.5 Nojack Park; camping and day use.
E 116.6 Entering EDSON (pop. 8,646); Lions Park Campground to north at east end of Edson. This highway community has all services.
E 127.5 Hornbeck Creek Provincial Recreation Area with camping, picnic area.
E 171 HINTON (pop. 10,000) is a major service stop on Yellowhead Highway 16. Visitor information.
E 175 Junction with Bighorn Highway 40 which leads 86 miles north to GRANDE CACHE (pop. 3,783); food, gas, lodging, golfing and camping. Visitor information. The 203-mile Bighorn Highway connects Highway 16 with Highway 43 at Grande Prairie.
E 187.6 Jasper National Park East Entrance station.

Miette Hot Springs Pool, 10 miles south of Yellowhead Highway, is a wonderful stop.

E 192  Turnoff for Pocahontas Jasper National Park Campground (1.2 miles south) and Miette Hot Springs Pool (10.2 miles south).
E 211.4 Snaring River Jasper National Park Campground.


E 219.1  Junction with Highway 93A to south. Access north via Hazel Avenue to RV/trailer parking and Connaught Avenue in downtown to JASPER (pop. 5,236); food, gas, lodging and other services are available in this resort town. Jasper National Park headquarters and information center is located in historic 1914 building (pictured above); phone 780-852-6176, email.
E 219.9 Junction with Highway 93 (Icefields Parkway) which leads south 142 miles to junction with Trans-Canada Highway 1.
E 232.9
Jasper National Park West Entrance station.
E 235.5 Yellowhead Pass (elev. 3,760 feet), entering Mount Robson Provincial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, westbound.
E 241.5  Lucerne Campground (Mount Robson Provincial Park).

Mount Robson visitor center at Milepost E 272.7.

E 272.7  To north, Mount Robson viewpoint (pictured above), visitor infocentre, cafe, gas, picnic tables restrooms. To south, Robson Meadows Campground (Mount Robson Provincial Park).
E 273.7 Robson River Campground (Mount Robson Provincial Park).
E 278.8 Mount Terry Fox Rest Area; picnic tables, restrooms, phone, viewing telescope.
E 280.9 Rearguard Falls Provincial Park picnic area to south.
E 283.2 Junction with Yellowhead Highway 5 (Central Access Route) south to Valemount (12 miles), Clearwater/Wells Gray Provincial Park (134 miles) and Kamloops (210 miles). Access to Irvin’s Park & Campground 11.4 miles south, about a half-mile north of Valemount.
E 320.7 Beaverview RV Park & Campground; full-service sites.
E 322.1 McBRIDE (pop. 740); all services. Visit information at the Robson Valley Visitor Center in the historic train station (0.6 mile south of highway); art gallery and cafe.
E 381.3 Ancient Rainforest Trail; trailhead parking.
E 413.5 Purden Lake Resort; food, gas/diesel, camping with full-service sites to north on Purden Lake.
E 415.1 Purden Lake Provincial Park: camping and day use.
E 450.7 Crossing Fraser River bridge to Prince George westbound.
E 451.9 Prince George Downtown Visitor Center on First Avenue.
E 452 Stoplight; turn left to continue on Highway 16/Victoria Street through downtown Prince George.
E 454 Junction of Highway 16 and Highway 92 at Prince George.

Log now shows miles from Prince George (PG) westbound.
PG 0 Junction of Highways 16 and Highway 97 (West Access Route) at PRINCE GEORGE (pop. 74,000); all services available. Visitor information.
PG 3.8 Blue Cedars Campground to north on Kimball Road.
PG 5.7 Turnoff south on Blackwater Road for West Lake Provincial Park day-use area (8.7 miles).
PG 60.2 VANDERHOOF (pop. 5,000); all services. Visitor information.
PG 64.7 Junction with Highway 27, which leads north 37 miles to FORT ST. JAMES (pop. 4,757) and Fort St. James National Historic Site, a completely restored Hudson’s Bay Company post.

One of the restored buildings at Fort St. James National Historic Site.

PG 83.7 FORT FRASER (pop. 950); food, gas/diesel, lodging.
PG 85.9 Beaumont Provincial Park: camping.
PG 88 Piper’s Glen RV Resort campground, overlooking Fraser Lake; full-service sites.
PG 96.2 FRASER LAKE (pop. 1,354); all services. Visitor information.
PG 139.5 Stoplight at junction with Highway 35 south to Francois Lake: lodging, camping, boat rentals.
PG 140.1 BURNS LAKE (pop. 2,726); all services. Visitor information.
PG 171 TOPLEY (pop. 300); food, grocery, gas.
PG 171.1 Junction with Highway 118 north 31 miles to GRANISLE (pop. 352) on Babine Lake; visitor information.
PG 188.4 Shady Rest RV Park phone 250-845-2314; full hookups, tent sites, laundry.
PG 190 HOUSTON (pop. 3,163); all services. Visitor Center along Highway 16 adjacent Steelhead Park; EV plug-in station, visitor information.
PG 219.8 Ft. Telkwa R.V. Park, full hookups, laundry, and fishing.
PG 220.4 TELKWA (pop. 1,400); all services. Visitor information.
PG 220.7 Tyhee Lake Provincial Park (camping).

Alpenhorn statue on Smithers Main Street reflects alpine theme of this community.

PG 229.3 SMITHERS (pop. 5,504); all services along highway; charming Swiss-themed downtown. Visitor information. Food and lodging at  Capri Motor Inn and Family Restaurant. Camping at  Smithers Riverside Municipal Campground & RV Park.
PG 235 Convenient stop to north with full-service campsites and cabins at Glacier View RV Park and Cabin Rentals.
PG 248.7 Stop-of-interest with view of Widzin Kwah (formerly Moricetown) Canyon/Falls.
PG 248.9 Telkwa Highway Road north to Widen Kwah (formerly Moricetown) Canyon and Falls overlook, museum and RV park.
PG 249.2 WITSET (pop. 815), formerly known as Moricetown; gas/diesel.

‘KSAN Historical Village and Museum, a replica Gitxsan Village, is 4.5 miles north of Yellowhead Highway 16.

PG 271 NEW HAZELTON (pop. 6,500). Visitor information: Hazeltons Travel Info Centre. Camping at K’san Campground. Historic ‘Ksan Village & Museum is a replica Gitxsan Indian village (pictured above).
PG 276.7 Seeley Lake Provincial Park; camping.
PG 298 Junction with Cassiar Highway 37; gas station.
PG 299 Gitksan Paintbrush Native Arts & Crafts; phone 778-202-1448 or email.
PG 345.2 Kleanza Creek Provincial Park: camping.
PG 354.7 Junction with Highway 37 South 38 miles to KITIMAT (pop. 8,131); all visitor services available. Visitor information. Kitimat is a popular fishing spot.
PG 356.2 Stoplight. Go west on Keith Street for Rain Coast Wash & Lube, phone 250-638-0072.
PG 356.4 TERRACE (pop. 11,320), stoplight at Highway 16 and Sande. Food, gas, lodging and other services available. Visitor information.
PG 357.5 Junction with Nisga’a Highway which leads to Anhluut’ukwsim Lamihl Angwinga’asanskwhl Provincial Park (formerly Nisga’a Lava Beds) and Area Visitor Center (59 miles north).
PG 359.2 Kitsumkalum Tempo gas/diesel station with convenience store and car wash. RV & Boat Launch to south.
PG 389.3  Exchamsiks River Provincial Park; day-use area.
PG 423 Skeena River viewpoint; picnic tables, historical plaque.
PG 432.5 Prudhomme Lake Provincial Park; camping.
PG 433.4 Diana Lake Provincial Park; day-use area.
PG 438.2 Turnoff for PORT EDWARD and the North Pacific Historic Fishing Village and Museum (6.3 miles south).
PG 447.7 PRINCE RUPERT (pop. 13,392); food, gas, lodging and all visitor services. Visitor information.