Think you've seen all Canada has to offer? Think again! Across the country, there are tons of unique gems that are worth the drive, such as the world's largest dinosaur and a Hobbit house that looks straight out of the Lord Of The Rings movies. One of Canada's most quirky attractions would have to be the Sign Post Forest in the Yukon.
Located along the Alaska Highway, the Sign Post Forest is a collection of over 80,000 signs from all over the world! This "forest" is full of tall wooden posts covered in signs in all shapes and colours.
Sign Post Forest was first started by Private Carl K. Lindley when the Alaska Highway was still under construction in 1942. When the soldier was injured, his officer asked him to fix and erect directional signs along the Alaska Highway. After completing his task, Lindley decided to add a sign to show the direction and distance to his home in Danville, Illinois.
Shortly after Lindley added his sign, others began to follow suit, adding signs from their home towns. It's incredible how quickly the sign collection has grown in recent years. In 1990, the 10,000th sign was hung within the forest.
Since the 90s, the forest has grown much faster with the help of travellers promoting the location on PEI. It's estimated that there are currently more than 80,000 signs in the Sign Post Forest!
What makes the attraction even more impressive is how far people are willing to travel to visit it. Located in Watson Lake, the closest major city is Whitehorse, which is still nearly five hours away by car! So when you think about how far thousands of people have travelled just to add a sign, it's even more incredible!
Exploring the Sign Post Forest is a sight you won't ever forget. You'll walk through a huge time capsule filled with unique stories and see names of cities you've only dreamed about visiting.
If you happen to be in Northern British Columbia or the Yukon, make sure to visit this roadside collection of over 80,000 signs! Also, don't forget to add your own sign to the forest!
Sign Post Forest
Address: Mile 635, Alaska Hwy, Watson Lake, Yukon
Why You Need To Go: There is an incredible collection of 80,000 signs from across the globe!