RVing to Alaska: Starting the Cassiar Highway Northbound πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦


previously on Pau Hana Travels we find
ourselves in Burns Lake British Columbia where we hit a snag while
attempting a hiking trail to the local opal beds of the area click the video
link in the top right hand corner if you missed this episode well we’ve spent three days here and
Burns Lake it was a nice restful and peaceful visit for the long holiday weekend
here in Canada but today we’re gonna get back on the road and hit the Cassiar but first we need to dump and fill and the nice thing about the Village of
Burns Lake they offer a free dump and water for travelers passing through it’s
not hard to find the main highway is just right over here that’s highway 16
and at the A&W right there you can turn and cross the railroad tracks and turn
right here on Railroad Avenue and this is where you’ll find the free dump and
water fill from the Rotary Club Smithers is a lively town that has an
Alpine themed architecture and is nestled beneath the towering Hudson Bay
mountain trails for every level of hiker are located in and around the area
horseback riding mountain biking 50 million year old fossils kayaking river
rafting salmon fishing and golfing are just a few of the many outdoor
activities it is also a good stop for groceries and fuel as these commodities
become limited until you reach the Yukon from Smithers to the Cassie our junction
in Kitwanga it is just a short 60 mile drive through rolling hills gentle
curves and massive views of the Coastal Range Mountains as we follow the
Bulkley and Skeena rivers downstream oh okay guys here we are headed North
highway 16 we just passed through the little town of Smithers actually it’s a
pretty good size town of Smithers fuelled up and you know we’ve got about
a hundred K before we really start the Cassiar highway at that point it’s
going to be pretty much remote no reception very very few and limited
services so we’re gonna go dark for a bit kind of nice actually I think
tomorrow we may make our way into Stewart BC and then cross into Hyder Alaska
So we may hit Alaska for the first time tomorrow for a day trip love the scenery
here with the mountains we’re getting some pretty rocky jagged mountains over
there this was in front of us have a lot of snow on them temperatures outside are in
the 50s right now so pretty comfortable a little bit cloudy overcast kind of
spitting some rain here and there but overall it’s been a pretty easy couple
of days highway 37 or also known as the Cassiar
highway is the northernmost highway in British Columbia which offers
outstanding scenery in some of the most isolated areas of the Province and
also offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities especially with black bears
in the spring the 450 mile Cassiar highway connects to the Alaska Highway
just after Watson Lake and can shave 130 miles off of your trip over the Alcan
route the Cassiar has been given a bad rap by
many for its narrow lanes little to no shoulder limited services and distance
between gas stations but although some of these are true
none of reasons to not travel this route food gas and lodging can be found on
average between 60 to 100 miles apart and in the towns of Meziadin Junction
and Stewart, Bell Lodge II, Iskut, Dease Lake and Good Hope Lake as well as at the
start and the end of the road in Kitwanga and Watson Lake RV parks
provincial parks recreation sites and turnouts all can easily be found
alongside the Cassiar for overnight accommodations the Cassiar highway is asphalt surfaced
with the exception of a few short gravel breaks the highway is generally narrower
than most two-lane highways with little or no shoulder in many areas but with
not as much traffic it really doesn’t pose any problems it has easy curves and
some long straight stretches although not particularly hilly there are a few
8% grades and a couple of switchbacks our first stop on the Cassiar we’ll
be staying at the Meziadin Lake Provincial Park as we’ve planned a 40
mile side trip into stewart BC and Hyder Alaska to visit the Bear and Salmon
glaciers and hope to see some bears at the Fish Creek bear viewing platform in
Hyder British Columbia has an expensive park
system with over 1,000 protected areas in the province covering a total of 34,751,000 acres are almost 15 percent of all lands in the province. today is
our first visit and a paid Provincial Park this trip but we’ve stayed here
before and feel it’s worth it most sites at this park are dry camping but a few
sites down by the water do offer power hookups for a slightly more nightly
fee at this particular campground there is no dump or water station but there is
a hand water pump so you can fill small containers of water if needed our site
cost us $22 in Canadian a night and was located right on the water in the past
this park offered Wi-Fi service for a daily fee but this trip I could not
connect to the Wi-Fi and there were no signs advertising this as an amenity
however if you need to connect to the world there is Wi-Fi at the gas station
and Meziadin Junction just a mile up the road or if you require cell service
Stewart BC is your closest town 40 miles away with Canadian carriers that service
both AT&T and Verizon plans and if you’ve made it this far through
this video here for your watching enjoyment is not one of our best parking
days we’ve all been there and done that and it’s funny now when I look back upon as always if you liked this video please
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Pau Hana

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