Cassiar Highway 37 is a 724 km/450 mile long road which provides an excellent alternate route for visitors traveling to or from the Yukon or Alaska.
The Cassiar Highway knives through mountain-river-lake-glacier country. There are several communities enroute. Time should be allowed for a visit to the neighboring towns of Stewart BC and Hyder
Alaska, reached by a 65 km/40mile highway which opens up some of the North's most spectacular glacier and mountain scenery.This area of British Columbia and Alaska is one of the most beautiful you will visit on your trip north. Long renowned for its glaciers and waterfalls, one of the top attractions still has to be the friendly people.
The Cassiar Highway 37 originally was a combination of logging and mine haul roads. The highway has been improved, however, and for the most part has been realigned.
Although there are some sections still under construction, the road is fine for campers, motorhomes and vehicles towing trailers.
Some services listed in the following highway log
are not open all year. Fill your tank at all opportunities and you will have no problems.
Cranberry Rapids on the Cassiar Hwy
Distances along the Cassiar Highway are marked by KILOMETRE posts. (A kilometre is 6/10 mile.)
Numbers shown in the highway log correspond to kilometre posts.
km 3.8/mile 2.4 Kitwanga. General store, gas station, restaurant, post office, public campground. Attractions: Totem poles. Early wooden Anglican
mission church. Kitwanga is an Indian word meaning "place of the rabbit."
km 4.4/mile 2.7 North access to Kitwanga.
km 8/mile 5 Seven Sisters Mountain Range can be seen to the Southwest.
km 15.5/mile 9.6 Parking
km 20.1/mile 12.5 Parking.
km 20.7/mile 12.9 South access to native village of Kitwancool. Excellent examples of fine old totems, many recently restored. There is a craft shop in the village. The village was originally named Gitanyow meaning
place of many people, but was renamed Kitwancool meaning place of reduced number, after many people were killed by other tribes.
km 26/mile16.2 North access to Kitwancool.
km 30.3/mile 18.8 Rest area, tables and toilets by Moon Lit Creek. Visitor info sign.
km 34.7/mile 21.6 Kitwanga Lake.
km 39/mile 24.2 Kitwanga Lake Road.
km 62.7/mile 39 Cranberry River.
km 75.3/mile 46.8 Parking.
km 75.8/mile 47.1 Nass Forest Service Road.
Narrow, winding gravel road that leads to New Aiyansh and Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Park (see Nearby Attractions in Terrace.) The road is an active logging road so please be cautious. It is approximately 61 km/38 miles
to New Aiyansh and 96 km/60 miles to pavement at Lava Lake. The road continues on to Terrace.
km 76.1/mile 47.3 Cranberry River small parking area, toilets.
km 95/mile 59 Parking beside small lake.
km 103.8/mile 64.5 Parking.
km 113.6/mile 70.6 Parking.
km 124.9/mile 77.6 Parking.
km 127.6/mile 79.3 Parking.
km 137.8/mile 85.6 Parking by Nass River.
km 139.4/mile 86.6 Visitor facilities.
km 142.6/mile 88.6 Nass River, one-lane bridge spans the 122 m/400-ft wide gorge. Rest area at south end of bridge, picnic tables, toilets.
km 143.1/mile 88.9 Unmarked side road (just north of the Nass River bridge) west 1.3 km/.8 mile leads to private airstrip, you can leave your vehicle and walk approximately 200 yards to Meziadin Fish Ladder on the Nass River.
Information signs give the history of the fish ladder, there are often Fish and Wildlife people to answer your questions.July and August are the best time to watch the salmon in their struggle upriver.