Once a rough gravel route, the Cassiar Highway is now fully paved and in great shape. This quiet, stunningly beautiful section of highway offers frequent roadside wildlife sightings and several excellent provincial parks for camping and recreation.
Visit Emerald Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the Yukon because of its intense green color, or explore Montana Mountain’s never-ending trail network with spectacular views and pristine alpine meadows – don’t forget the binoculars and be sure to watch for sights of white Dall sheep grazing on the mountain’s south-facing slopes.
Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon and also a former gold-rush town, but one that has grown up substantially. Excellent cultural facilities, fun restaurants and a lovely waterfront right on the Yukon River make it a great place to relax and explore.
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The area between Whitehorse and Kluane is among the most scenic in the Yukon, with lots of opportunities for wildlife viewing. Once you reach the park, you may see Dall sheep, mountain goats, caribou, moose, bears, dozens of smaller mammals and 150 species of birds. Don’t forget your camera!
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The small town of Dease Lake sits astride a pass separating the basins of the Dease River and the Tanzilla, a tributary of the Stikine River, at the Continental Divide. From Dease Lake, visitors can fish, hike or canoe in the area.
The U.S. Forest Service maintains the bear-viewing area just outside of tiny Hyder, Alaska. A long boardwalk above Fish Creek provides an excellent vantage of both black and brown bears plucking salmon out of Fish Creek throughout the summer season. This is one of the most accessible bear-viewing spots in Alaska, with prime viewing just feet from the parking area; the wide, well-maintained boardwalk is perfect for those with limited mobility.
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Meziadin Lake Provincial Park sits at the junction where Highway 37A meets the Cassiar Highway, leading west toward Stewart and Hyder 40 miles away at the coast. It’s a great place to spot bears and a favorite camping and fishing area along the highway.
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For those in cars or on motorcycles, a side trip from Dease Lake on the gravel road that follows Telegraph Creek leads to the Grand Canyon of the Stikine River. An exceptionally scenic overlook awaits.
After long days on the road, there’s no warmer welcome than a hot springs soak followed by a dinner of gourmet poutine and sweet and savory crepes. The Takhini Hot Pools are rich in minerals, and a relaxing 36° and 42° Celsius. Café Balzam, located right beside the pools, uses organic and locally grown/raised ingredients - and serves a crepe you won’t soon forget! If there’s time before your departure, the picturesque edge-of-the-wilderness location provides plenty of access to trails for walking and biking.
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Encompassing over 700 acres and a variety of natural habitats, the Yukon Wildlife Preserve is a wildlife viewing property unlike any other. With 13 species of northern Canadian mammals living in their natural environments, your camera won’t be able to stop clicking. Take the 75-90 minute guided bus tour, which allows for ample opportunity to get off and view the animals, or set off on a solo self-guided walking tour with a trail guide and map in hand – visitors have a choice of walking or biking a 2.5 or 5km loop. After your tour, stop at the nearby Bean North, serving up fair trade coffee in the northern boreal forest of the beautiful Takhini Valley.
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Housing over 300 priceless treasures from the Nass Valley, the Nisga’a Museum holds one of the best collections of Northwest Coast aboriginal art. To visit the museum, travel East on Highway 16 from Prince Rupert, turn on to north Highway 113 (the Nisga’a Highway) for 90 kms. Follow signs to Ginglox and then stay on the road to Laxgalts’ap which will take you about 40 minutes. Please note the road is windy and there are some single lane bridges.
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This historical area is the reconstruction of the village of People of the River of Mist of Gitxsan. The historic village, overlooking the Skeena and Bulkley Rivers, houses over 600 Gitxsan and Wetsuweten artifacts, offers guided tours, the opportunity to listen to traditional songs and dancing and view Gitxsan totem poles. The Village is located 180 kms East of Prince Rupert in Hazelton which can be accessed by Highway 16 to New Hazelton and then turning north on Highway 62 for 5 kms to Hazelton.
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