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.
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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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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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.
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.