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Watson Lake

Watson Lake is situated on the Traditional Territory of the Liard First Nation.

Though Watson Lake is situated at the junction of the historic Alaska Highway, the Robert Campbell Highway and the Stewart-Cassiar Highway, it's much more than a key transportation hub.

Watson Lake is one of the Yukon's larger communities, and offers plenty of nature and outdoor recreation. A lot of people hunt and trap in Watson Lake, and there is great fishing. The lakes, rivers and creeks surrounding Watson Lake are home to lake trout, arctic grayling, northern pike, bull trout, rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. In the winter, locals enjoy Mt. Maichen Ski Hill and Chalet, where there are 9 groomed runs, ski school and racing programs.

Also worth noting is the town's most recognizable landmark: the Sign Post Forest, which is equal parts unique, endearing and wacky. This one-of-a-kind attraction is home to over 85,000 signs.