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Old 01-14-2016, 07:34 PM   #1
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Any reports on the Cassiar Highway?

Hi Everyone,

I'd appreciate any info you can provide on the usual/general condition of the Cassiar Highway between the Alcan and the Stewart junction. Are there gravel sections? Frost heaves? Washboard? Or is it a nicely paved surface? I drove the other section of the Cassiar (between Stewart and the Yellowhead Hwy) last summer and was very impressed. But, I've heard conflicting reports of the northern section.

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Is this the hwy you mean? Sorry if I got it wrong
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We drove that section last July.
Lots of frost heaves, pavement was OK
some sections 30 MPH max.
Very lonely stretch of highway.
Saw maybe 10 vehicles in 3 days.
Good BC parks for overnight camping.

Wasn't the best or the worst road we were on.

Took 4 days from the Alcan to The Yellowhead with a side trip to Hyder.
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We drove that section last July.
Lots of frost heaves, pavement was OK
some sections 30 MPH max.
Very lonely stretch of highway.
Saw maybe 10 vehicles in 3 days.
Good BC parks for overnight camping.

Wasn't the best or the worst road we were on.

Took 4 days from the Alcan to The Yellowhead with a side trip to Hyder.
Thanks. I assumed that 100+ miles of it was gravel. Glad to hear the pavement wasn't too bad. I'll be sure to allow a lot of time next year from the Stewart junction north.
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We drove that section last July.
Lots of frost heaves, pavement was OK
some sections 30 MPH max.
Very lonely stretch of highway.
Saw maybe 10 vehicles in 3 days.
Good BC parks for overnight camping.

Wasn't the best or the worst road we were on.

Took 4 days from the Alcan to The Yellowhead with a side trip to Hyder.
I'd love to also hear your thoughts on where to camp mid-way between Stewart and the Alcan. We have a 43-foot motorhome plus a toad. We'd probably just stop one night on that stretch of the Cassiar. Thanks again.
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Is this the hwy you mean? Sorry if I got it wrong
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That's a great tool that I'd not seen before. Thanks! Yes, that's the correct highway. The southern half that we saw last summer was really beautiful and, as others have noted, very sparsely populated.
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We drove our 40' MH on the Cassier with no issues other than going slow. The first night we spent at a nice rest area. The second day we put BBQ ribs in the crockpot and smelled the wonderful aroma as we drove to Kenaskan Lake Provincial Park for another nice stay. Then we stayed at Bear Creek RV in Stewart to watch the Hyder grizzlies catching dinner. Definitely recommend 'The Bus' in Hyder for a wonderful fish meal.

A couple stops after Stewart/Hyder that we would recommend was for the totem poles at Gitanyow and Ksan Historical Village at Hazelton, B.C. - definitely take the tour to be able to go inside the houses with many cultural artifacts.

Our next stop was Telkwa RV Park at Ft. Telkwa where they offered free RV wash (do it yourself). We went over the RV 2x to get the all-summer dirt removed. While there we toured the town of Smithers which is a beautiful clean small town. We then continued to Jasper. We loved the Cassier drive!
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We drove our 40' MH on the Cassier with no issues other than going slow. The first night we spent at a nice rest area. The second day we put BBQ ribs in the crockpot and smelled the wonderful aroma as we drove to Kenaskan Lake Provincial Park for another nice stay. Then we stayed at Bear Creek RV in Stewart to watch the Hyder grizzlies catching dinner. Definitely recommend 'The Bus' in Hyder for a wonderful fish meal.

A couple stops after Stewart/Hyder that we would recommend was for the totem poles at Gitanyow and Ksan Historical Village at Hazelton, B.C. - definitely take the tour to be able to go inside the houses with many cultural artifacts.

Our next stop was Telkwa RV Park at Ft. Telkwa where they offered free RV wash (do it yourself). We went over the RV 2x to get the all-summer dirt removed. While there we toured the town of Smithers which is a beautiful clean small town. We then continued to Jasper. We loved the Cassier drive!
Thanks so much for the tips. We, too, ate at "the bus" in Hyder. The fried halibut was so good! I'll be sure to check out Telkwa RV Park. We just blew through Smithers last time, and it looked like a very nice small town. Will definitely stay there this time around. Thanks again!
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If you have time...camp at Dease Lake and drive the dirt gravel road to Telegrpah Creek...it's a place time forgot. Some single track roads, views are spectacular. Visit a Hudson Bay, trading post right on the Stikine River. ( River Song)
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It's awful early for road reports for the Cassiar. It changes from year to year depending on how bad the winter was.
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Here is some video from Youtube couple (Gone with the Wynn's) traveling down the Cassier on the return trip from AK. a few months back. We plan to take the same route back later this year from our trip to AK.

Here is more intell from Sue Thomas (Yukon Sights). Good pictures and write-ups about travels along the Cassier.
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Here is some video from Youtube couple (Gone with the Wynn's) traveling down the Cassier on the return trip from AK. a few months back. We plan to take the same route back later this year from our trip to AK.

Here is more intell from Sue Thomas (Yukon Sights). Good pictures and write-ups about travels along the Cassier.


That person above is taking a picture of Salmon Glacier. I definitely recommend a drive up from Stewart/Hyder to see it. It's spectacular.
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