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Watson Lake

Watson Lake is a small town in Canada's Yukon province, close to the border with British Colombia - it was named after the trapper Frank Watson who settled in the area in the late 19th Century.

Near to the town is an excellent and popular centre featuring very informative interactive displays and shows about the Aurora Borealis (also known as the Northern Lights), a spectacular natural phenomenon when solar winds are trapped by the Earth's magnetosphere near to the poles. Aurora Borealis can be occasionally seen in the area and further north.

Watson Lake also contains the famous Signpost Forest - this was started in 1942 by a homesick US Army soldier who was working on the construction of the Alaska Highway, who put up a sign with the name of his home town and the distance back to it. Other people added to it, and the tradition continues to this day. There are now around 80,000 signs of various types depicting locations across the world (including some Dragoman ones!), and you can add to it with your own.