Highway 37 Stewart-Cassiar – Scenic Road to Northern Adventure

Fiery Skies

Fiery skies of the midnight sun.


Bear Glacier

Bear Glacier, along Highway 37A

Take a road trip where wildlife appears in and on the landscape, signs from around the world sprout in a forest and flowers grow on roofs. This is Highway 37 – the Stewart-Cassiar Highway – where you’ll discover the unexpected, experience the freedom of being off the beaten track, and be awed by dramatic northern landscapes. Here are a few photo highlights you might see on this wilderness route. (For detailed travel information,including travel tips and available services, see Highway 37 Stewart-Cassiar Scenic Route to the Yukon and Alaska).

Highway 37 offers adventurers and nature lovers a scenic route to the Yukon (and onto Alaska), with three possible side trips along the way. When you return south via the Alaska Highway, you travel the ultimate northern circle route. Set off where Highway 37 heads north from Highway 16, about 43 kilometres west of Hazelton. As the route is fully paved, with the exception of about one kilometre (and a few short stretches that are marked) it’s fine for RV travel.

RV 37

Crossing the bridge over the Nass River

Side Trip #1 – Highway 37A to Stewart, B.C and Hyder, Alaska

Highway 37A is full of surprises and spectacular scenery – you can snap a photo of Bear Glacier right from the roadside. At Stewart’s location near the fourth largest fjord in the world, the steep mountains drop straight to the ocean. Keep driving and suddenly, with little fanfare you’ll be in Hyder Alaska, the most southerly town on the Alaska panhandle. (Well, all of Alaska, actually).

Hyder sign

“Shortcut to Alaska” – B.C.’s Highway 37A goes to Alaska’s most southerly town.

Stewart

Picturesque Stewart, B.C.

Hyder Main Street

You are entering the United States.

Outdoor Adventure

Along Highway 37, there is infinite opportunity for outdoor adventure – hiking. fishing, bear watching and heli-skiing (in the winter). Start by exploring the many provincial parks and ecological reserves on this BC Parks map. You can overnight at provincial campgrounds, or at privately operated campgrounds or accommodations.

Bell II Lodge

Charming Bell II Lodge where flowers grow on the roof.

It’s common to see bear, caribou, moose, fox, mountain goats or other animals along the highway, especially In the late spring and early summer, when adults cross the road with their young. Admire them safely from inside your vehicle, and be sure you’re not blocking traffic.

Mumma and two cubs

Mumma black bear and her cubs

Hungry Moose

A hungry moose… …dunking for food

Side Trip #2 – Road Telegraph Creek Road

Telegraph Creek Road is all gravel and has grades of up to 20 per cent, as it follows the canyons of the Stikine River. This is a route you drive carefully! (Not recommended for RV trailers). The road goes to the community of Telegraph Creek, where buildings from the late 1800s gold rush era remain.

Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock – see the feathers of the outstretched wings?

Wards Hill

Wards Hill – steep and windy.

Telegraph Creek

Historic building in Telegraph Creek.

Sign Post Forest

Just into the Yukon, there is Watson Lake’s Sign Post Forest, started in 1942 by a homesick Alaska Highway engineer.

Side Trip #3 – Atlin

You have to leave B.C. to get to Atlin, B.C. In fact, you leave and enter the Yukon and B.C. twice! See this map, to get the idea.

Atlin

The picture postcard that is Atlin, B.C.

Atlin Museum

Atlin’s Museum in the old school house.

Red Buggy

An older form of transport, one of Atlin’s many historic treasures.

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5 Responses to Highway 37 Stewart-Cassiar – Scenic Road to Northern Adventure

  1. Mike R on March 11, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Bob, I rode the Stewart-Cassiar by motorcycle and it was mostly paved. There were three short sections of gravel, a few km each that were smooth and wide, no problem at all. But as always, it depends on the weather too. You’ll encounter road construction as well, especially on the Alcan in Northern BC and the Yukon where road surfaces can be rough and dirty. The ride overall is awesome and well worth any inconvenience!

  2. Bob on July 6, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Drove the hwy in 2003 and as I recall there was quite a lot of gravel. Want to do it on a motorcycle this summer and am wondering what you mean by “short stretches”. What would you estimate the total amount of gravel from the Alaska Hwy to Hwy 16 near Kitwanga in the south? Thanks

    • tranbceditor on July 7, 2016 at 10:42 am

      Hi Bob,

      I am guessing you meant the Stewart-Cassiar Highway to Hwy 16 at Kitwanga, or do you want to know about the stretch of the Alaska Highway in BC? When this blog was written three years ago, the Stewart-Cassiar (Hwy 37) was fully paved, with the exception of about one kilometre (and a few short stretches that are marked). By the way, if you mean the Alaska Highway, then be aware that there is some road restoration underway on Highway 97 between Chetwynd and Hudson’s Hope, due to major flooding. Please confirm with me which route you wish to know about, and I’ll check with the people responsible. Thanks!

  3. Bryan Freeman on February 12, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Came across your site today, and I have memories of traveling out to Stewart and Hyder. I saw a bear with her cub and took pictures of Bear glacier and the blue colour of the glacier,and many other pictures. I am going to look through my pictures. Thanks for bringing back memories.

    • tranbceditor on February 13, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Thanks for connecting with us Bryan! We would love to see some pictures if you find them. You can connect with us on Facebook, Twitter as well!

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