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An Explorer's Guide to the Stewart-Cassiar Highway (BC Hwy 37)

Northern Highways - Alaska, the Yukon & northern British Columbia

    For those traveling to the Yukon and/or Alaska, Highway 37 offers an alternate route. Much less used than the Alaska Highway, it offers very different scenery (not better or worse, just different), making it perfect as part of a circle route.

    It is 132 miles shorter than going by the Alaska Highway, but that doesn't translate into a 2+ hour saving in time, as there are still gravel sections, and much of the highway has many more curves and hills than the Alaska Highway, so your average speed is much less.
        * Prince George to Junction of Alaska Highway & Highway 37:
                - via Highway 37: 744 miles (1197 km)
                - via the Alaska Highway: 876 miles (1410 km)

    From the junction with Highway 16 in the south to the junction of the Alaska Highway to the north is 723.7 kilometers (449.7 miles). Mileposts (kilometer-posts?) are installed every 5 km, numbered from south to north.

General Information

Stewart-Cassiar Highway Photos
An album of captioned photos by Murray Lundberg, showing the road and attractions along it.

A detailed map showing mileages and gravel sections (the only gravel is at the Stikine River bridge).

Road Reports
Current conditions on various sections of the entire highway.

Services & Attractions

The following links are listed as you will see the attractions from south to north.

Cassiar RV Park
Located at the junction of Highways 16 and 37, with 50 full-service sites, and great views.

Anhluut'ukwsim Laxmihl Angwinga'asanskwhl Nisga'a Provincial Park
BC Parks' guide to this volcanic park, formerly Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park (accessed via the Nass Forest Service Road) includes a map and photos.

Meziadin Lake Provincial Park
BC Parks' guide to the park (at Km 155) includes a map and photos.

A guide to local history, attractions and services.

Bell II Lodge
Located at Km 249, this deluxe lodge is open year-round - facilities range from an RV park to restaurant and helicopter skiing.

Kinaskan Lake Provincial Park
BC Parks' guide to the park (at Km 362) includes a map and photos.

Mountain Shadow RV Park
Located at Km 409, at the north end of Kluachon Lake, with a wide range of services from tenting sites to 30-amp serviced sites and free wi-fi.

Telegraph Creek
A guide to local history, attractions and services.

Mount Edziza Provincial Park
BC Parks' guide to this volcanic park (accessed from Telegraph Creek or Iskut) includes a map and photos.

Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park
BC Parks' guide to the park (accessed from the Stikine River or Iskut) includes a map and photos.

Vines & Puppies Hideaway
Lakefront cabin bed and breakfast accommodation, located at about Km 594, eight km south of Jade City.

Jade City (Cassiar Mountain Jade)
Mining and selling jade made into unique forms of carvings and jewelry, and custom cut jade.

Boya Lake Provincial Park
BC Parks' guide to the park (at Km 633) includes a map and photos.

More Information

Driving Guide
From the Ministry of Transportation, a basic guide to attractions and services along the highway.

Bridging the Nass River, 1972
This 13-minute video shows the process of building the one-lane timber and steel bridge. It is being replaced in 2018-2019.

Stewart-Cassiar Highway 1978
Walter Muma has posted an excellent photojournal from a 1978 trip up the highway on a moped (conditions are much better now!).

Stewart-Cassiar Panoramas
Five "virtual reality" (360°) panoramas of the highway, and more from the Stewart area.

Racing Daylight
An anonymous motorcyclist's very colourful journal of a one-day trip up the highway.

Sue's RV Adventures
Sue has a large site loaded with photos and information about BC and the Yukon, including a few pages on the Stewart-Cassiar Highway.