Dease Lake

Population: 450

Dease Lake is located in northwestern British Columbia on the Cassiar Highway, at its junction with Telegraph Creek Road, 146 miles south of the Alaska Highway and 304 miles north of the Yellowhead Highway.

Visitor Information: at the Northway Motor Inn and the Arctic Divide Lodge.

The lake was named in 1834 Hudson’s Bay Co. Chief Factor Peter Warren Dease. Robert Campbell established an HBC post at Dease Lake in 1838, but it was abandoned a year later. Laketon, on the west side of the lake, was a centre for boat building during the Cassiar gold rush of 1872–80. A gold rush trail from Telegraph Creek on the Stikine River to the gold rush settlement at Dease Lake became Telegraph Creek Road.

Today, Dease Lake is a government centre and supply point for the district. Northern Lights College (University of Northern British Columbia) has a campus here.

Dease Lake has all visitor services. Lodging at Northway Motor Inn  and Arctic Divide Lodge. Camping in town, north of town at Water’s Edge Campground; and camping south of town at Dease Lake Lions Tanzilla River Campground, phone 250-771-3392. Gas station, gift shop, post office and laundromat. Deli-style meals at the Super A grocery store or food trucks (with irregular hours).


  • Grand Canyon of the Stikine and historic Telegraph Creek.
  • Fly-in, hike-in or pack-in to Mount Edziza and Spatsizi wilderness parks.