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Northern British Columbia

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British Columbia has two great highways headed north, the Cassiar Highway and the Alaska Highway. They both start farther north than most people bother to go. That makes it good for you: you get more scenery, more fun and fewer people.

The Alaska Highway gets all the publicity, but there's also the incredibly beautiful, remote Stewart-Cassiar (usually just called the Cassiar), which picks up from the Yellowhead Highway just south of Kitwanga and comes out 21 miles/34 km west of Watson Lake, in the Yukon. The Cassiar is faster, more consistently scenic (although there is nothing to match the grandeur of Stone Mountain or the Kluane Range), and considerably shorter. It's also a lot rougher, with almost no services along the way, and it's frequently full of trucks going too fast for conditions, taking a shortcut to Alaska. There are even a few places where the road doubles as an air-strip.

The other significant route in Northern BC, the Yellowhead Highway, takes you west to Prince Rupert and the coast, where you can catch a ferry over to the Queen Charlotte Islands.

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Queen Charlotte Islands

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British Columbia has two great highways headed north, the Cassiar Highway and the Alaska Highway. They both start farther north than most people bother to go. That makes it good for you: you get more scenery, more fun and fewer people.

The Alaska Highway gets all the publicity, but there's also the incredibly beautiful, remote Stewart-Cassiar (usually just called the Cassiar), which picks up from the Yellowhead Highway just south of Kitwanga and comes out 21 miles/34 km west of Watson Lake, in the Yukon. The Cassiar is faster, more consistently scenic (although there is nothing to match the grandeur of Stone Mountain or the Kluane Range), and considerably shorter. It's also a lot rougher, with almost no services along the way, and it's frequently full of trucks going too fast for conditions, taking a shortcut to Alaska. There are even a few places where the road doubles as an air-strip.

The other significant route in Northern BC, the Yellowhead Highway, takes you west to Prince Rupert and the coast, where you can catch a ferry over to the Queen Charlotte Islands.

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Practicalities

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British Columbia's Yellowhead Highway, from Jasper to Prince George, the Hazeltons, Prince Rupert and the Queen Charlotte Islands

 

 

Ed & Lynn Readicker-Henderson

 

 

 

HUNTER PUBLISHING, INC,

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