Photo: Alaska Highway history on display at the meeting – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca
History is in the making with regards to the Alaska Highway.
A meeting took place, on Wednesday, with the final intentions to designate the Alaska Highway as a national historic site. In attendance were officials from all across the region, including highway stakeholders, a Vancouver Parks Canada representative a representative from the provincial government’s Heritage Branch and a representative from the Yukon Government Department of Tourism.
Unfortunately, even though the intentions of the meeting were straight forward, it was made clear that this is a long and tedious process, one which would require a lot of hard work and determination from all the members involved.
Even though the members dedicated to the process were aware of the labour intensive procedure involved, there was a clear passion expressed for this specific designation. They say the benefits of making the Alaska Highway a national historic site are crucial to the region.
Bud Powell currently serves on the Board of Northern BC Tourism and is the chairman of the Alaska Highway Committee, the board created for this specific project. Powell explains that although this would be beneficial for tourism in the region, it is remembering the historic relevance of the highway that is the project’s driving force.
Despite the fact that the original highway was built in only nine months, the process involved in designating it an historic site will take much longer. Powell made it clear that every step involved takes a significant amount of time. The project’s estimated completion time could be as late as 2017.