Stewart-Cassiar Highway

Stewart Cassiar Highway, a mostly paved drive in Canada

The Stewart-Cassiar Highway (Hwy 37) is a very scenic journey through some of the province's most isolated areas in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

The road is 874 km (543 mi) long. Most of the route is hard surface with approximately one kilometre of gravel. The road runs south-north from Kitimat towards Upper Liard (on Alaska Highway). It was built in 1975. The Northern half of the highway is a narrow road paved with sealcoat, not asphalt. There are a few 8 percent grades and 2 switchback turns. Be prepared to drive slowly or ruin your vehicle and any vehicle hit by your flying gravel.

Open all year round, the road also known as Dease Lake Highway, Stikine Highway and Terrace–Kitimat Highway, it is the most northwestern highway in British Columbia.The road is pretty basic. Some parts have no guardrails, no lane markings, no reflectors, and there is loose gravel on top of the surface. You'll encounter about three bridges that are only one lane. It’s generally narrower than most 2-lane highways, with little or no shoulder. 

Zero cell phone service along Stewart Cassiar Highway

The roads runs through remote areas and some of the wildest scenery in North America, with hardly anyone for miles at a time. It is often considered the more rugged alternative to the more popular Alaska Highway. There is zero cell phone service along this route. Pay attention, the drive features outstanding scenery and good wildlife viewing. The drive offers really stunning mountainous scenery that goes on forever.

 

NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.