The Signpost Forest is Watson Lake’s most famous attraction. It was started in 1942 by Carl Lindley, a homesick American GI, while working on the Alaska Highway. When repairing a directional post, he decided to add a sign for his hometown of Danville, IL, and inadvertently started the huge collection of signs. It is still being added to each year by visitors who wish to promote their own communities. The Town of Watson Lake maintains the Signpost Forest, which is one of The Yukon’s most famous landmarks with over 80,000 unique signs.
Take a stroll along the walking trails winding through the many unique signs of the ‘Sign Forest’. You will be amazed to see how far some of these signs have traveled. Bring your own sign from home or buy a board from the Visitor Center and make your own.