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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Stewart Cassiar > Cassiar 

The turnoff to Cassiar was located 115 km (72 miles) north of Dease Lake on Hwy 37 just before Good Hope Lake near the Yukon border.

Ghost Town
Cassiar is now a ghost town but previously was the site of a major asbestos mine which was closed in 1992. All of the buildings and mine equipment have been removed leaving no trace of an economic machine that opened up this part of British Columbia.

Hwy 37
What Cassiar did leave British Columbia was Hwy 37. This was the route that the ore-carrying transport trucks drove from Cassiar to Stewart. These large trucks were an awesome site when they were travelling on the road.

Equipped with containers for the asbestos, the trucks also had separate tanks to carry diesel fuel back to Cassiar for the electrical generators. Many nail-biting experiences were encountered as drivers went past the clouds of dust and snow kicked up by these monsters.

Alternate route to Alaska
Now opened up all the way from Watson Lake in the Yukon to Kitwanga (Gitwangak) on Hwy 16, Hwy 37 now serves as an alternate route to the Alaska Highway when travelling to Yukon and Alaska. This 700 km (438 miles) road is a very scenic highway with the views of the Cassiar Mountains and old volcanic craters being incredible.

Good Hope Lake
There is a provincial park just north of Good Hope Lake at Boya Lake if you want to explore the area. You can find gas pumps in Good Hope Lake at Kididza Services if your running low on fuel.

Jade City
Various jade mines are in the area with a large souvenir shop at Jade City Campground and RV Park located 2.7 km (1.7 miles) north of the old junction to Cassiar.

You won't be disappointed
If you are travelling north, try and make Hwy 37 part of your plan. It is now seal-coated most of the way with highway improvement projects happening regularly. This route is actually shorter if you're on your way to Alaska. The Alaska Highway and Hwy 37 are equally as scenic so if you can plan a circle route you won't be disappointed.

Bear Country
Just remember if you are enjoying the provincial parks and the countryside around British Columbia, please remember this is Bear Country. Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions. There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe.

Cassiar Links



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Arrow Transport Trucks
Arrow Transport Truck
courtesy Herb Daum - Cassiar.ca

Cassiar Asbestos Plant
Cassiar Asbestos Plant
courtesy Herb Daum - Cassiar.ca

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