Northern British Columbia, Canada.
courtesy of Dave Prentice)
Cassiar Highway (Hwy 37)
is a beautiful journey through Northern British Columbia's canyons and
past mountains where the Skeena River, "the river of the mists",
makes its way to the Pacific Ocean.
37 starts in Kitimat,
BC and joins the Yellowhead Hwy (Highway 16) with the Alaska Hwy,
west of Watson Lake. The Junction of Hwy 16 and Hwy 37 is at Kitwanga
which is 90km (55miles) northeast of Terrace
and 35km (22miles) west of Hazelton.
Shortly after Highway 37 crosses the Skeena River it becomes the Stewart
Cassiar Highway. Note that there are few communities and services available
along this route.
Gitwangak: Near the junction of Highways 16 and 37 is the village of Gitwangak.
Totem poles dating from 1875 are found here.
This pleasant logging village with its spectacular view of the Seven Sisters
Mountains is located 4 km (2.5 miles) past the junction of Highways 16
and 37. Basic services are available here.
National Historic Site:
Nearly 200 years ago a warrior named Nekt used this hill as a stronghold
to control fishing and trade routes. It is located on Battle Hill.
Home of the world's largest standing totem pole, this village formerly
known as Kitwancool is located west of Highway 37, 14 km (10 miles) north
reach Terrace, continue north on Highway 37 for 75 km (46 miles) to the
Nass River Forest Service Road.
The bridge, which completed Highway 37 in 1972, is located 140 km (86
miles) north of the Yellowhead Highway.
Lake Provincial Park:
Located 12 km (7 miles) past the Nass River Bridge, this park provides
good canoeing and wildlife viewing oppurtunities.
This major junction is found just beyond the park. Continue 62 km (38
miles) to Stewart and Hyder, 160 km (100 miles) to the Yellowhead Highway
#16 or 570 km (353 miles) north to the Alaska Highway.
Stewart, BC and Hyde, Alaska (Hwy 37A): This scenic route to Stewart, BC, and Hyder, Alaska, winds between
canyons of rock and ice, past rivers and evergreen forests.
may see mountain sheep, grizzly and black bears as you make your way over
the Bear Pass and past the stunning Bear Glacier and River.
Strohn Lake and Bear Glacier: This dense glacier with its magical blue
glow has created the clear Strohn Lake.
Stewart is the most northerly Canadian ice-free port. Located on
the BC Alaska border at the head of Portland Canal, it provides
tourists with stunning views and full facilities. Visit the Museum
(1910) with its natural history, logging and mining exhibits.
Visitors may view this majestic glacier via a 90 km (56 miles) gravel
road which travels from Stewart British Columbia into the USA and back
3 km (2 miles) from Stewart is the border between the USA and Canada.
The US/Canada border
is marked by a stone storehouse constructed in 1896.
there is no US Customs office, there a Canadian Customs office at
the border where it is mandatory to stop and report. Valid Identification
is required to enter Canada.
In late July and early August bald eagles and black bear feed on the abundant
spawning chum salmon here. Fish Creek is located just beyond Hyder.
Junction to Alaska/Hwy 37:
Continue north to Alaska
via the Meziadin Junction on Highway 37 and enjoy this powerful wilderness
with the Coast Mountains to the west and the Skeena Mountains to the east.
Rest areas, parks and good fishing spots are found along the way.
Lake Provincial Park:
Located 90 km (56 miles) north of the Ningunsaw Summit, the park provides
camping facilities, a boat launch and excellent rainbow trout fishing.
north you will near the Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park. As
there is no road access to this rugged park, visitors must enter by foot
(wilderness experience necessary) or float plane from Smithers or Terrace.
Outfitters in the area offer guided horseback tours.
This beautiful, wide river is navigable until the bridge, after which
is the Grand Canyon. Start canoeing or kayaking trips from the Spatsizi
Located 490 km (302 miles) north of Kitwanga and 234 km (145 miles) south
of the Alaska Highway is Dease Lake. This is the region's government and
supply centre and offers full services, guides and outfitters for wilderness
treks. The towns of Dease Lake and Telegraph Creek were established in
the 1860's when the Collins Overland Telegraph Cable made plans to run
cable from Paris to New York through Northern BC. It was later used during
the Klondike Gold Rush by miners heading to the Yukon.
First settled in 1861, Telegraph Creek is situated on two terraces above
the Stikine River. It is the only settlement on this 600 km (372 mile)
river. Exceptional hiking, guided river-rafting, boat charters and full
services are available here. Telegraph Creek is located 113 km (70 miles)
from Dease Lake.
Edziza Provincial Park and Recreation Area:
No road access or services are available in the park but guided tours
and horse-back trips may be arranged in Telegraph Creek and Dease Lake.
The park begins across the Stikine River from Telegraph Creek.
north along Highway 37 are rest areas and beautiful scenery. The junction
to Cassiar is located at Jade City.
A ghost town since 1992, Cassiar was once an asbestos mining centre.
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