- 1 Prince George — the largest city in the north, and its business and government centre, but not one of its tourist centres
- 2 Smithers — a charming alpine town that is a good base for exploring the surrounding wilderness
- 3 Vanderhoof — a farming, ranching, forestry and mining community in the geographic centre of British Columbia
Peace Country and Northern Rockies
- 4 Chetwynd — gateway to four provincial parks, two lakes, and several recreational trails, the downtown is adorned by dozens of chainsaw carvings
- 5 Dawson Creek — mile zero on the Alaska Highway
- 6 Fort St John — established in 1794, it's the oldest European-established settlement in present-day British Columbia
- 7 Fort Nelson — a resources town (forestry, oil and gas), but tourism is becoming more important
- 8 Tumbler Ridge — dinosaur tracks, waterfalls, rock formations, hiking and other year-round outdoor activities
- 9 McBride — acfarming community with excellent trails for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling , and hiking, and lots of opportunities for ice fishing, camping, fishing and bird watching
- 10 Tete Jaune Cache — a good spot to see salmon spawning in August
- 11 Valemount — a world-class snowmobiling destination
- 12 Atlin — a destination for fishing, hiking and heliskiing that is only accessible by vehicle if you first head up to the Yukon
- 1 Alaska Highway — "Mile 0" is in Dawson Creek.
- 2 Mount Robson Provincial Park — named for the highest point in the Canadian Rockies
- 3 Muncho Lake Provincial Park — hiking, fishing, camping and some pretty scenery in the Northern Rockies, and close to Laird River Hot Springs
- 4 Shames Mountain — a ski resort that is relatively unknown, despite the huge amounts of fresh powder it receives
- 5 Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park — a vast area of untouched wilderness
- 6 Stikine River Provincial Park — a linear park that follows the river. Ideal for a week long canoe and camping trip
- 7 Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park — a wilderness area and UNESCO World Heritage Site in the province's far northwest corner
- 8 Williston Lake — the largest man-made lake in British Columbia
Northern British Columbia is a vast area, most of it undeveloped. Most settlements are along the Yellowhead Highway (Hwy 16) or the Peace River area. Much of the land is forested and mountainous, although the Peace River Country is flatter and an the upstream extension of the Peace River in neighbouring Alberta.
Driving will demand many hours at the wheel. In the summer months, expect at least 14 hours of driving from the border. In the winter months, you will need to bring a chain for the drive on the Alaska Highway and at least 16 hours of driving.
Pioneer Days in McBride in early June. A parade, heavy horse demonstrations, logger sports, ball games, horseshoe tournaments, sword fighting, and lots of things for kids to do all weekend. There is a century of vehicles and farm machinery at the show and shine, a quilt walk and lots of live music and food.
Dinosaur Discovery Gallery in Tumbler Ridge has dinosaur exhibits and over 200 million years of biodiversity featuring marine life, plant life, dinosaurs.
The Fort Nelson Heritage Museum has a sprawling collection of antique cars and trucks, and exhibits about the building of the Alaska Highway.
Fort St. John's Centennial Park is filled with sculpture by festivals twice a year: the Great Canadian Welding Competition in August, and the High on Ice Winter Carnival's ice sculptures in January.
Dawson Creek celebrates its role as Mile Zero of the Alaska Hghway with murals spread through the town representing various aspects of the building of the Alaska Highway.
Hudson Bay Mountain near Smithers has first-class ski slopes.
Most towns have trails for hiking, horse-riding, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and/or snowmobiling, including the Fort Nelson Demonstration Forest, Twin Falls and Glacier Gulch Trails near Smithers, Waterlily Lake Trails near Vanderhoor, and the Beaver Falls Recreation Trail near McBride.
There at least half a dozen provincial parks scattered through the region that offer opportunities for camping, fishing, more hiking, canoeing, wildlife and bird watching, and being along in the wilderness.
Northern British Columbia is sparsely populated. If you are driving, ensure that you have enough fuel in your car for your journey, a spare tire, and emergency equipment as it assistance may be far away and take a long time to get to you.
See Dangerous animals#Bears for information on safety in bear country.