Cassiar Highway

Cassiar Highway

Connects: Yellowhead Hwy. to Alaska  Hwy.
Route#: BC Highway 37
Length: 450 miles
Road Surface:
Season: Open all year
Map (1 detailed pdf file available):
Yellowhead Highway Junction to Alaska Highway Junction

The Cassiar Highway junctions with Yellowhead Highway 16 at Milepost PG 298, Skeena River bridge, and travels north to junction with the Alaska Highway at Milepost DC 626.2, 13.3 miles/21.4 km west of Watson Lake, YT. The Cassiar Highway offers outstanding scenery and good wildlife viewing, especially black bears in the spring. Driving the Cassiar Highway instead of the entire Alaska Highway saves about 130 miles/210 km.

The Cassiar provides access to Hyder, AK, and Stewart, BC, via the 40-mile/64-km Stewart-Hyder access road (Highway 37A) from Meziadin Junction at Milepost J 97.5. The Cassiar also provides access to Telegraph Creek via a 70-mile/113-km side road from Dease Lake junction at Milepost J 303.9.

The Cassiar Highway was completed in 1972, and is asphalt-surfaced with the exception of a few short gravel breaks. The highway is generally narrow and winding with some straight stretches. Although not particularly hilly, there are a few 8 percent grades. There are no passing lanes—beyond one in the first few miles of the highway—and the centerline may be missing along some sections of highway. Drive with your headlights on at all times. Also watch for logging and freight trucks on the highway. 

The MILEPOST® Quick Reference Log
Miles from Yellowhead Highway junction (J) shown.

  • J 0 Junction with the Yellowhead Highway; gas station.
  • J 0.2 Turnoff for Gitwangak; totem poles, St Paul's Anglican Church and bell tower (1893).
  • J 2.5 Cassiar RV Park to west.
  • J 2.7 Access road to KITWANGA (pop. 481); gas station. Also access to National Historic Site of Battle Hill.
  • J 13.1 Acces to Gitanyow; gas/diesel bar. Attraction: One of the largest concentrations of standing totem poles in northwestern British Columbia.
  • J 88.8 Nass River Bridge.
  • J 96.5 Meziadin Lake Provincial Park; camping.
  • J 97.5 Meziadin Junction. Junction with BC Highway 37A which leads west  38 miles to 5th Avenue, the main street of  STEWART, BC (pop. 699). Road continues across international border (must stop at customs) to HYDER, AK (pop. 100); camping, general store.  Dining and lodging in Stewart at the King Edward Hotel & Motel. Camping just outside Stewart at Bear River RV Park, turn at Mile 36.9 on Highway 37A. Attractions: Historic buildings in Stewart, Fish Creek bear viewing, Bear Glacier, Salmon Glacier.
  • J 117.3 Bell I Crossing: Bell-Irving River Bridge #2.
  • J 153.6 Mehan Lake Provincial Rest Area.
  • J 155 Bell 2 Lodge; food, lodging, camping, propane, gas, diesel and pay phone.
  • J 155.2 Bell II Crossing across Bell-Irving River.
  • J 162.9 Rest area.
  • J 171.2 Ningunsaw Summit (elev. 1,530 feet/466m).
  • J 184 Rest Area adjacent Bob Quinn Lake airport.
  • J 207 Burrage River bridge.
  • J 215 Eastman Creek Rest Area.
  • J 227.1 Kinaskan Provincial Park; camping.
  • J 246.8 Rest Area beside Eddontenajon Lake.
  • J 252.5 ISKUT (pop. 283); grocery, gas, diesel.
  • J 254.1 Mountain Shadow RV Park & Campground.
  • J 272.1 Stikine River Bridge (1-lane, metal deck). Winding grades both directions down to river; Slow for hairpin curve on south approach.
  • J 298.1 Dease Lake Lions Tanzilla River Campground; 15 natural wooded RV sites plus tent sites; picnic tablels, firepits.
  • J 303.3 Dease Lake RV Park
  • J 303.5 Northern Bear Gifts & Souvenirs, visitor information.
  • J 303.8 DEASE LAKE (pop. 450); gas station, restaurants/cafe, lodging at Northway Motor Inn and Arctic Divide Inn and Motel
  • J 303.9 Junction with Telegraph Creek Road (winding, gravel, steep in spots), which leads 71 miles west to historic TELEGRAPH CREEK on the Stikine River. Petro Canada station with gas, diesel, convenience store at junction.
  • J 304 Post office, laundromat/showers, Rumors Cafe to west.
  • J 310 Water’s Edge Campground.
  • J 322 Rabid Grizzly Rest Area.
  • J 374.9 JADE CITY (pop. 50); Cassiar Mountain Jade Store; jade cutting demonstrations, 5-room hotel, free overnight camping (no services).
  • J 389.5 GOOD HOPE LAKE (pop. 75); store with above-ground gas tank (not a reliable source for gas).
  • J 397.2 Boya Lake Provincial Park: campground 1.2 miles east of highway.
  • J 450.1 Junction with Alaska Highway; gas station with gas, diesel, propane. Watson Lake is 13.3 miles southeast. Nugget City (gas, accommodations, restaurant, gift shop, campground) is less than a mile west on the Alaska Highway.

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