Originally Posted by TSump
Ron I would like to go from Jasper over to Prince George to Smithers up to Dease Lake then to Watson Lake and the to Tok. I hear the roads are narrow and rough. I am bring a new 34ft coach home. The other way is Jasper to Dawson Creek to Watson Lake to Tok. Thanks for your help.
Thanks for the additional information.
I have taken that route a number of times with the last one being last year in a 43 ft towing a Honda CR-V. The roads are fine all the way other than possible road construction, common to all highways just a little more intense due to the north’s short summer season. On Hwy-37 you will come across the one remaining gravel section of the road but it’s in fine shape and only a couple of miles long. If you are going north and then coming down again I suggest going both ways, west from Prince George on the Cassiar and through Dawson Creek. If you are coming down in late August or September, it is better to do the Cassiar then as you’ll be able to drive into Hyder, AK and see the bears fishing for salmon. have the choice it is best to go north through Dawson Creek
About 220 miles west of Prince George you’ll find the Fort Telkwa RV Park. It is a great little place to stop for the night, overlooking the river, and they have a pressure wash available for cleaning your rig if needed.
About 300 miles west of Prince George is Hwy-37, heading north to Watson Lake. This can be a great road, especially for spotting wildlife. The wildlife is different each trip but the I travelled that road back in 2008 on my motorcycle, I saw more wildlife in that one day than I saw on the entire remainder of my trip up to Fairbanks and Anchorage.
Along Hwy-37 you find a road heading west, Hwy-37A. It takes you to Stewart, BC and Hyder, AK.
Make sure to fuel up before taking Hwy-37 as fuel stations are spread out and expensive. At the northern junction of Hwy-37 and the Alaska Hwy you’ll find a gas station. Don’t fuel up there but go the 13 miles into Watson lake and save several dollars on your fuel bill.
The road north of here is usually fine with the exception of the stretch between Destruction Bay and the Alaskan border. This is where you’ll find the worst frost heaves that were enough to get me airborne when I travelled through on my motorcycle. Take it slow and watch for small marker flags along the side of the road that warn you of rough spots.
The location and amount of construction varies a good deal but it is common to find highway construction that runs for about 13 miles. If they are currently working that section you can encounter delays and soft gravel. If it is an old section, not currently being worked, you can encounter rough washboard that may slow you down to 20 mph.
There are lots of great boon docking spots along the way but I have to give a special mention of the government campsites in the Yukon. They are self-serve dry camping locations that run $12-$14 per night. We stand in several and did not have any problem maneuvering around and finding good spots for our big rig running 61 ft with its tow car.
Don’t worry about the road, just go slow if you run across a rough patch, and you’ll have a great time.
BTW… Also try to avoid buying fuel between Watson Lake and Fort Nelson, BC if you can. The few stations along that route are notorious for their high prices.
Have a great trip !!