Locations in British Columbia
Dease Lake | British Columbia
Dease Lake is a small community on the Cassiar Highway. It has a complete range of visitor services including a store, post office, gas, restaurants, hotels, RV park, BC Forest Service office and highway maintenance camp.
Dease Lake is not a newcomer as towns go. A Hudson Bay Company Trading Post was first established here in approximately 1839 but was soon abandoned. The town got its name from the chief factor of the Hudson Bay Company, Peter Dease. Dease Lake again became a center of activity when the Cassiar gold rush erupted in 1872. In 1875 a trail was cut from Telegraph Creek on the Stikine River and this later became the Telegraph Creek Road. In 1941 Dease Lake was a transportation hub for supplies headed for the troops that were building the Alaska Highway. Dease Lake is also one of the world’s largest Jade producers in the world.