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

Meziadin Junction
Meziadin Junction is located 156 km (97 miles) north of Kitwanga (Gitwangak) and 94 km (58 miles) south of Bell II on Hwy 37 and 65 km east of Stewart at the junction of Hwy 37A.

Meziadin Junction Esso
Meziadin Junction made its name on Hwy 37 with an Esso Service Station supplying gas, diesel, towing and tire repairs for the travelers driving Hwy 37. Meziadin Junction was also the point where the Arrow Transport asbestos trucks coming from Cassiar made the turn to go to the Port of Stewart.

Armond
For years, Meziadin Junction Esso was owned by a French Canadian by the name of Armond. Armond was very famous in this neck of the woods for his unique behaviour when greeting the customers. Armond also had a small camp set for the loggers and miners who were working in the nearby woods.

Grocery Store and Restaurant
Today at Meziadin Junction there are some RV hookups, a small grocery store and a restaurant. At certain times Meziadin Junction still serves as a meeting point and temporary trailer camp for the various workers from the forest industries and mining companies who are working in the area.

Meziadin Lake Provincial Park
Located just 3 km (1.9 miles) from Meziadin Junction is Meziadin Lake Provincial Park. Here you can find a very nice campground which features salmon spawning creeks near the lake. Just remember to be 'animal aware' and expect to see bears during the salmon spawn.

Bear River Pass
Just 22 km (13.5 miles) from Meziadin Junction on Hwy 37A towards Stewart is the Bear Pass and 2,360 metre (7,743 feet) high Mount Disraeli. Here you can find the Bear River Glacier and the Cambria Icefield which peaks are highlighted by the Otter Mountain to the Mount Pattullo saddle.

Bell-Irving River
If you are travelling north on Hwy 37 towards Bell II, the road tends to take a long sweeping curve about 15 miles from Meziadin Junction. This is near the point where Hwy 37 crosses the Bell-Irving River. There are two forest service roads that travel in either direction, north or south.

Bowser Lake
If you take the forest service road towards the north, it will take you into Bowser Lake. Bowser Lake is fairly large about the size of Meziadin Lake with a large 'dog leg' around the halfway point. At the west end is Bowser River with the Frank Mackie Glacier and, farther west, the great Leduc Glacier in the background.

Nass River
Also located near the Bell-Irving River crossing on Hwy 37 is a forest service road that goes towards the south. If you take this road it will lead up into the head waters of the Bell-Irving River behind 1,569 metre (5,147 feet) Mt Bell-Irving. Eventually this road will come to the Nass River, then travels up the Nass River towards the Taylor River.

Swan Lake Kispiox River Provincial Park
As you travel south from Meziadin Junction, you will come to Ellsworth Camp, a small settlement for a forestry operation. Just south of here is the Brown Bear Forest Service Road that can take you towards the north side of Swan Lake Kispiox River Provincial Park. This is a backcountry park, most of which is inaccessible except by canoeing or kayaking.

Bonney Lake Canoe Route
For people who like to kayak or canoe there is also the Bonney Lake Route which takes you through a series of 5 lakes starting and ending in Bonney Lake. Take the Brown Bear Forest Service Road off Hwy 37 for 34 km (21 miles) to find Bonney Lake. You can expect portages of between 30 metres (100 feet) to 700 metres (2,300 feet) plus allow yourself at least two to four days to complete depending on your skill level.

Bear Country
Just remember if you are enjoying the countryside around Meziadin Junction, please remember this is Bear Country as is the rest of BC. Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears around. There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe and practice good outdoor wildlife procedures.

Map of Meziadin Junction
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