Liard Hotsprings Lodge and RV Park is situated at Mile 497 of the Alaska Highway, just over 300 kms (190 miles) northwest of the Town of Fort Nelson, British Columbia, and 140 kms (85 miles) from the BC-Yukon border.
This location is just north of the intersection of the Alaska Highway with the Liard River which winds its way from Canada’s Yukon Territory through northern British Columbia before merging with the MacKenzie River at Fort Simpson in the Northwest Territories. The word “Liard” comes from the French word for the poplar trees that grow in abundance along sections of the river.
Wildlife abounds throughout the region, sometimes referred to as the Serengeti of North America. Deer, moose, bears, and elk can frequently be seen in clearings alongside roads as they forage for food. In some areas, salt licks have been placed near the road to attract ungulates.
A surprise for many visitors, as they drive through Liard is wild bison roaming freely along the roadside. Indeed, please drive with care... these neighbours of ours are frequently on the road! Be careful when driving this section of the Highway, particularly; if you were to hit a bison or moose, you can expect your vehicle to come out of the encounter in worse shape than the animal.
In addition to bison and moose, the area's spectacular wildlife also includes other grazing animals such as stone sheep, mountain goats, elk, caribou, and deer, both white-tailed and mule. However, there are also several species of carnivores in the area, including wolves, coyotes, foxes, grizzly bears, black bears, lynx and wolverines. These are wild animals and visitors are cautioned to take personal care, especially with young children and pets.