I can give you plenty of reasons to divert west along the Yellowhead Hwy, AKA: B.C.
Highway 16, to the Cassiar Highway from whichever route your taking to Alaska. While the Cassiar
Highway is undeniably more remote, and without question less traveled, it's also one of the more
scenic routes with loads of wildlife, countless rivers, lakes and some rather interesting settlements
to check out too. Wildlife is plentiful with moose, bear, caribou, mountain goats, and wolverines
being just a some of the species roaming the area around the Cassiar Highway in northwestern B.C.
Stewart Cassiar Highway
The first time we drove the Cassiar Highway was back in February 1983. At that time the the vast
majority of the road was still loose gravel and occasionally deeply rutted from rains and wear.
Much has changed sense those days and today driving the Cassiar Highway is more like a drive on
country roads in the lower 48 states. For the most part the road is paved or what is called seal
coated, which is the most improved non pavement surface I have ever driven on. Rock chips are now
rare and the need for traction tires is a thing of the past.
Northbound from Junction 37 off of the Yellowhead Highway the road is very good, level and has
decent shoulders. This area is loaded with black bears especially around Kitwanga and Meziadin Lake.
To the east is the Skeena Mountains and the Coast Range is on the west.
Campgrounds along the Stewart Cassiar Highway in British Columbia Canada.
Next Meziadin Lake Campground