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Stewart-Cassier Highway

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Stewart-Cassiar Highway

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3 to 7 days, 1634.33 km (1015.53 mi)

Grizzly bear (Picture BC photo)
Grizzly bear (Picture BC photo)

Discover Northern British Columbia’s vast wilderness, Aboriginal culture, and pioneering history. The Stewart-Cassiar Highway travels past deep canyons, totem poles, high glaciers and mountains. Start in Prince Rupert and end at Dease Lake.

Note: Sections of the highway between Dease Lake and Iskut are gravel, but are well-maintained and suitable for RVs and fifth-wheels.

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North Pacific Historic Fishing Village, JF Bergeron photo
Part 1
Prince Rupert to Terrace

141.31 km - about 1 hours 44 min

Start in the coastal city of Prince Rupert. Tour the North Pacific Historic Fishing Village, built in 1889, and see the cannery, general store, and net-loft. Today, it remains the oldest, most intact fish cannery on the west coast of North America. View grizzly bears in their natural habitat on a guided tour to the Khutzeymateen, Canada’s only grizzly bear sanctuary. Stop at the historic district of Cow Bay to have lunch, then take an after-meal stroll along the waterfront. From Prince Rupert, drive east on Highway 16 to Terrace.

Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Park, JF Bergeron photo
Part 2
Terrace and the Nass Valley

167.77 km - about 2 hours 41 min

Near Terrace, visit the Kitselas Canyon historic site to see totem poles, petroglyph sites (weather permitting) and hike an interpretive trail that leads to a viewpoint overlooking the Skeena River. With luck view the rare white Kermode (Spirit) bear on a guided tour.

Terrace's Skeena Valley Farmers' Market is held every Saturday during the summer months; try any number of Northern BC food favorites such as Saskatoon berry pies or buffalo jerky.

From Terrace, drive east on Highway 113 to the Nass Valley. Take a moderate self-guided walking tour to the Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park to see remnants of a volcanic eruption and overlook the crater.

Located at the end of the Highway 113 is Gingolx (Kincolith), the “Seafood Capital of the Nass”. In July, the community hosts a music festival called Crabfest, where fresh, local crab (among other seafood) is served.

Gitwangak Battle Hill National Historic Site, JF Bergeron photo
Part 3
Stewart-Cassier Highway Junction

266.32 km - about 4 hours 2 min

Backtrack south to Highway 16. Overnight in Terrace. Drive east to Gitwangak (Kitwanga) – the junction to the Stewart-Cassiar Highway. Gitanyow (Kitwancool) is located just past the turnoff and is home to many totem poles (some more than a century old), as well an 1893 St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Nearby, relive history on an interpretive walking trail that recounts the story of a battle in the 1700's between a local First Nations tribe and their attackers at “Battle Hill” National Historic Site.

Optional: For a day trip from this area, continue east on Highway 16 to the Hazeltons and visit the world-renowned 'Ksan Historical Village. Learn about Gitxsan history and culture, see traditional dances, and watch Aboriginal carvers at work.

Salmon Glacier near Stewart, JF Bergeron photo
Part 4
Stewart and Hyder

212.35 km - about 3 hours 3 min

From Meziadin Junction, take Highway 37A west to Stewart and Hyder, Alaska. Visit the Stewart Historical Museum, which is housed in a 1910 firehall, to learn about the town’s colourful mining past. Stroll along the boardwalk for spectacular views of the Portland Canal.

Walk 3km/1.8mi across the border to Hyder, Alaska to one of two saloons to get “Hyderized” – the world-famous Hyder tradition. Tour Salmon Glacier, North America’s fifth largest glacier, or watch grizzly and black bears fish for spawning salmon from the viewing platform at Fish Creek. Overnight in Stewart/Hyder.

Part 5
Dease Lake

391.43 km - about 5 hours 50 min

Backtrack east to Meziadin Junction and follow Highway 37 north to Dease Lake. Fishing, hiking, boating and canoeing are all popular activities here. Visit in June to attend the annual Lake Trout Derby, which attracts many fishing enthusiasts. This region is known for its high concentration of jade; drive to the nearby Jade City to browse locally mined jade-based souvenirs. Overnight in Dease Lake.

Mount Edziza Provincial Park, JF Bergeron photo
Part 6
Telegraph Creek

110.35 km - about 3 hours 5 min

From Dease Lake, adventurous drivers can take a side trip to Telegraph Creek. (Note: this gravel road is steep and narrow in places – not recommended for RVs or fifth-wheels.) See an original 1898 Hudson’s Bay Trading Post, take a guided tour through the volcanic wilderness of Mount Edziza, or go horseback riding in the remote Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park. Witness the remarkable “Grand Canyon of the Stikine.” This is Canada’s largest canyon – an 80km/50mi stretch of impassable waters located in canyons 300m/985ft deep. Take a guided jetboat tour of the lower Grand Canyon to experience the beauty of the river (reservations recommended).

Boya Lake Provincial Park, BC Parks photo
Part 7
North to the Yukon

344.80 km - about 6 hours 30 min

Backtrack to Dease Lake then continue driving north to the Yukon border – the junction of Highway 37 and the Alaska Highway. Along the way, stop at Boya Lake Provincial Park to swim in the warm, aquamarine waters.

Optional: Drive northwest on the Alaska Highway through the Yukon to Alaska.

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Driving Directions

Part 1 - Prince Rupert to Terrace - 141.31 km - about 1 hours 44 min
1.

Head southeast on McBride St/Yellowhead Highway E toward 6 Ave WContinue to follow Yellowhead Highway EDestination will be on the right

141.31 km
Part 2 - Terrace and the Nass Valley - 167.77 km - about 2 hours 41 min
1.

Head east on Yellowhead Highway E toward Kalum Lake Rd/Nisga'a Hwy

0.53 km
2.

Turn left onto Kalum Lake Rd/Nisga'a Hwy/British Columbia 113 (signs for Nisga'a Highway/Northwest Community College)Continue to follow Nisga'a Hwy/British Columbia 113

94.74 km
3.

Turn left toward Nass Rd

2.29 km
4.

Turn left onto Nass RdDestination will be on the left

70.20 km
Part 3 - Stewart-Cassier Highway Junction - 266.32 km - about 4 hours 2 min
1.

Head southeast

65.44 km
2.

Continue straight onto Nass Rd

4.76 km
3.

Turn right toward Nisga'a Hwy

2.29 km
4.

Turn right onto Nisga'a Hwy

94.74 km
5.

Turn left onto Yellowhead Highway EDestination will be on the right

1.41 km
6.

Head east on Yellowhead Highway E toward Terrace Grand Trunk Pathway

0.36 km
7.

Turn right onto Sande St/Yellowhead Highway E (signs for Smithers/Prince George)

0.29 km
8.

Turn left onto Yellowhead Highway E (signs for Kitimat/Smithers/Prince George)

92.92 km
9.

Turn left onto Dease Lake Hwy/Stewart-Cassiar Hwy/BC-37 N (signs for Stewart/Alaska Highway)Destination will be on the right

4.10 km
Part 4 - Stewart and Hyder - 212.35 km - about 3 hours 3 min
1.

Head east on Dease Lake Hwy/Stewart-Cassiar Hwy/BC-37 N toward Hobenshield Rd

152.32 km
2.

Turn left onto Glacier Hwy/Stewart Hwy/BC-37A W (signs for British Columbia 37 Alternate W)Destination will be on the left

60.03 km
Part 5 - Dease Lake - 391.43 km - about 5 hours 50 min
1.

Head north on Glacier Hwy/BC-37A E toward Railway St

60.03 km
2.

Continue straight onto Dease Lake Hwy/Stewart-Cassiar Hwy/BC-37 NDestination will be on the left

331.40 km
Part 6 - Telegraph Creek - 110.35 km - about 3 hours 5 min
1.

Head south on Dease Lake Hwy/Stewart-Cassiar Hwy/BC-37 S toward Boulder Ave

0.34 km
2.

Turn right onto Boulder Ave (signs for Telegraph Creek)

1.40 km
3.

Turn left onto Telegraph Creek Rd

108.61 km
Part 7 - North to the Yukon - 344.80 km - about 6 hours 30 min
1.

Head south

97.41 km
2.

Continue straight onto Telegraph Creek Rd

11.20 km
3.

Turn right onto Boulder Ave

1.40 km
4.

Turn left onto Dease Lake Hwy/Stewart-Cassiar Hwy/BC-37 N (signs for Alaska Highway)Continue to follow Dease Lake Hwy/Stewart-Cassiar HwyEntering Yukon Territory

234.72 km
5.

Turn left onto Alaska Hwy/YT-1 W (signs for Yukon Territory 1 W/Whitehorse)Destination will be on the left

0.06 km