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Watson Lake

Watson Lake is the first community travellers reach once the Alaska Highway crosses into the Yukon. It’s a friendly town that’s used to greeting visitors with plenty of services and a variety of attractions. Watson Lake is a tight-knit small town of about 1200 people in Southeastern Yukon, just 15 minutes north of the BC Border.

Watson Lake is home to the Parhelion Medical Clinic and Watson Lake Community Hospital.

One such attraction is Sign Post Forest. This iconic Yukon landmark was born when a soldier working on the construction of the Alaska Highway in 1942 posted a sign in the direction of his hometown. Over the decades, visitors from all over the world have added their own signs—just one more thing for you to cram into your suitcase. 

Visit Wye Lake boardwalk to see how many different types of birds you can spot. Nearby Lucky Lake is a pretty spot for a picnic and a swim. Or head up the highway to the Rancheria Falls Recreation Site and follow the walkway to the waterfalls.

Stop for the services, and stay for the experiences. In Watson Lake, you’ll find plenty of both.


Watson Lake is about a 4hr and 45 minute drive from Whitehorse. It is not accessible by airplane.

Directions from Whitehorse
Go south on the Alaska Highway and it is 436 KM (271 miles)

Directions from Fort Nelson
Go north on the Alaska Highway. We are 510 KMs (317 miles) from Fort Nelson, just over the Yukon/BC border.

Directions from Prince George
It is 1371 KM (852 miles) – take highway 16 north to New Hazelton and then Highway 37 north to the Alaska Highway go east on the Alaska Highway and it is about 29 KM (18 miles) to Watson Lake OR go down HWY 97 N to Dawson Creek and then left onto Mile 0 of the world famous, historical  Alaska Highway



Watson Lake Clinic + ER (ID4)

July 15, 2024 - August 03, 2024

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Watson Lake - Full-Time Permanent Physician

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Clinics and hospitals

Parhelion Medical Clinic


"We met in Niagara at the SRPC Rural and Remote Conference. It always excites me when I get these locum opportunity reminders from the Yukon. Can't wait [to come up]" – Dr. Chem

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YukonDocs is a part of the Yukon Medical Association (YMA) and was created in December 2021 to combat the Physician and Locum recruitment challenges the Yukon Territory is facing. YukonDocs role is to market both short-term and permanent opportunities across the Yukon to prospective Family Physicians and Specialties.