Dease Lake

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 the junction with the road to Telegraph Creek.

Be aware that when travelling the Cassiar Highway the fuel station in Dease Lake is typically open 7am to 8pm. So if you arrive after 8pm and need gas, you will need to stay the night.

Accommodations in Dease Lake

History of Dease Lake

The town of Dease Lake got it’s start as a Husdson’s Bay trading post in 1838. It was used by fur traders and trappers. 

In the 1860s gold was discovered on the Stikine River, and later, in 1873, it was at the centre of the Gold Rush on the Dease and Thibert Creeks. 

Dease Lake Today

Now Dease Lake is a supply centre for the northwest region of BC. It is also a staging area and departure point for adventurers and paddlers looking to navigate the  Dease River, or hike and camp in the beautful northern wilderness.

Population: 475

Dease Lake Tourist Info Center in Northern Bear Gifts – The site designed to help those moving to, or traveling through Dease Lake BC.

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.

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