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“What a find” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Stewart-Cassiar Highway

Stewart-Cassiar Highway
Highway 37 | Kitimat-Stikine District, British Columbia, Canada
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Ranked #378 of 1,487 Attractions in British Columbia
Type: Scenic Drives, Cultural
Activities: Driving, Viewing wildlife
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“What a find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

We decided seeing we couldn't go on a cruise up to Alaska, we'd drive up to Stewart and then across the border into Alaska. Hyder is two minutes drive from Stewart across that border, so we could then say we'd been to Alaska.Stewart is a very out of the way place, we found the people very friendly, had a number of accommodation places, places to eat and a grocery store. On the drive up to Stewart we saw two Bears, at different spots, feeding along the side of the road, snow capped mountains, and a few Glaciers ( Bear Glacier being one of these) they were all impressive. On arriving in Stewart we went for a drive into Alaska to see Fish Creek, no bears but we did see some very old Salmon, we were there to late in the season. The board walk they have built there would certainly be a great viewing point. We then drove up to Salmon Glacier which was awsome, it is huge, and the blue glacier colour is lovely to see.
If anyone wishes to get away from crowds this is a great area to visit. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip up there.

Visited September 2011
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“Very Scenic Remote Highway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

The Stewart Cassiar Highway is one of the most beautiful, but very remote highways in the province of British Columbia. You need to be quite self-sufficient as there are limited amenities such as fuel (gasoline, diesel, and propane), as well as limited stops for food and other supplies.

Some of the towns of note along the stretch of the Stewart Cassiar Highway are as follows: Kitimat, Kitawanga, Nisga Villages, Gitanayow, Meziadin Junction (access to Stewart (full amenities) via Highway 37A), Bell 2, Iskut, Dease Lake (full amenities), Jade City (limited amenities), and then Watson Lake. So ensure that you have enough fuel, and amenities with you, as you don't have access to many services along this stretch.

There are also several Provincial Parks that are along this stretch as well including: Nisga Lava Beds, Meziadin Lake, Kitaskan Lake, Todagin South Slopes, Spatsizi Wilderness Plateau and Headwaters, Stikine River Park, Boya Lake. Please note that these are not all of them, but they are some of the more notable ones. Also, there are several of rest stops, including other lakes including Dease Lake, Tatogga Lake, Eddontenajon Lake and many other lakes.

Please note that this stretch also goes up and down in elevations along the way, and there could be adverse weather conditions such as fog, snow, rain, and even during the summer time, it can get cooler up in the higher regions.

The road is drivable by 2wd, motorhomes, RV's, and other type of vehicles. The road is seal coat most of the way along with pavement and some stretches that have gravel roads due to the potentials for rock slide areas.

Overall this highway is highly recommended, but spend as much time as you can, as wildlife is bountiful depending on the time of the year that you go up. There is a chance of seeing bear, wolf, moose, caribou, and many other types of animals and birds depending on the time of year that you go up.

Visited August 2011
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“Have your camera ready”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

We took this highway on our 2nd drive to Alaska since we had already done the Alcan adventure. On the drive, the Canadian Rockies were to our left and still snow covered. The bears were everywhere. We saw 21 bear in one day! You have no phone service and may not pass another car for hours so you must be safe and stay out of bears way. We would just pull over and roll down the window not getting out of the car because I KNOW they run much faster than me. All of the bear were black bear and many would be mom with her cubs rolling aound playing. Most were eating grass and yellow flowers. We saw 2 grizzlies at the north end of highway that were magnificnet. The colors of their coat were light brown with silver tips. They were very close to highway so we basically slowed to a stop, kept car in drive and took our photos. I have one printed on canvas hanging in my house. Everyone is amazed that we were close enough to get a shot like that without getting out of car. It was definately prettier than the Alcan and probably more isolated if thats possible. You have to remember to watch the time so its not midnight and the sun still in the sky when you decide to stop at a motel. These small places are owner run and they go to bed so you may end up driving alot further or sleeping in car which a lot of ppl up there do.

Visited May 2011
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