The Battlefords

5 things to do along Highway 16

Log nearly 3,000 kilometres and a lifetime of memories while RVing the Yellowhead Highway

The Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton, Alberta, is full of Canadian aircraft.
The Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton, Alberta, is full of Canadian aircraft. — Peter Vanderheyden photo

Are you ready to log 2,859 kilometres on your RV? If you want to travel the Yellowhead Highway, that’s the distance you’ll need to go as you make your way from one end to the other. The route between Masset, B.C., and Winnipeg, Manitoba, isn’t just an uptick of numbers on your speedometer, though. There’s a whole lotta stuff to see on your journey. Here are some of the main attractions:

1. Smithers

When you get to Smithers, visit the bone zone. Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park contains fossil beds that have been preserved in their natural state. Visitors can read the interpretive signs to learn about plant and animal life in the Bulkley Valley 50 million years ago.

Sheep welcome visitors to the Huble Homestead.
Sheep welcome visitors to the Huble Homestead. — Photo courtesy Tourism Prince George

2. Prince George

The Hubble telescope may be capable of viewing distant stars and planets, but Prince George’s Huble Homestead grants the ability to travel back in time 100 years.

The Huble Homestead was built over a century ago, in 1912, by Albert Huble. It was designed to look like a typical Ontario farmhouse, complete with squared logs and dovetailed corners.

In 1985 the Giscome Portage Heritage Society began restoration of the house, and four years later the Huble house was unveiled to the public as the centrepiece of the Huble Homestead Historic Site.

Upon your arrival at the historic site located 40 kilometres north of Prince George, you’ll be greeted by the welcoming committee, comprised of people—and sheep. You’ll stumble upon some old equipment, including a fabric-making weaving machine. Meander down to the banks of the Fraser River where you’ll discover a fishing camp, a dugout canoe and ducks. If you’re feeling iron deficient, you can always stop in at the blacksmith shop. During festivities, the homestead hosts butter- and ice cream-making demonstrations. Admission to Huble Homestead is by donation and opens May long weekend and closes in October.

3. Edmonton 

If your travel group includes an airplane fanatic, the Alberta Aviation Museum is a must. You can tour the museum and see the third largest aircraft collection in Canada, view relevant exhibits and take part in other educational activities.

Learn about local history at the Western Development Museum in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.
Learn about local history at the Western Development Museum in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. — Daryl Mitchell/Flickr Creative Commons photo

4. North Battleford

A great place to learn more about local history is the Western Development Museum in North Battleford. There are many rotating exhibits here, with new material being added all the time. 

There are also several events that take place at the museum throughout the year, bringing history to life with workshops on old-school skills and classes on various subjects pertinent to local history. There is something for every age group. Learn about First Nations and Metis farming in the area, the fur trade and other fascinating subjects.

Learn about the First Nations culture, and enjoy the beautiful scenery and trails at Wanuskewin Heritage Park.
Learn about the First Nations culture, and enjoy the beautiful scenery and trails at Wanuskewin Heritage Park. — Matt Braden Photography photo

5. Saskatoon

Wanuskewin Heritage Park is an interpretive centre that highlights the local First Nations culture. You can book tours, walk along scenic trails or even book a tipi sleepover, where guests can sit around the fire and learn about traditional First Nations life

Conclusion

There you have it. Five places to see on Highway 16. Enjoy your inter-provincial Yellowhead adventure. 

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