Just west of Watson Lake, Yukon, the Stewart-Cassiar Highway meets the Alaska Highway. The Stewart-Cassiar is a 722-km (448-mile) highway that runs south to the Yellowhead Highway east of Prince Rupert, BC. The route, which is actually the shorter of the two between southern BC and Alaska, was completed in 1972 to carry ore from a mine in Cassiar, BC, a town which has since been abandoned. The Stewart-Cassiar sees its share of traffic in summer, but is still far less traveled than the Alaska Highway, perhaps because it is more remote and about 150 km (90 miles) of it remain unpaved. The population along the entire route is only about 2000 people.
The photos on this page cover the northern part of the Stewart-Cassiar, south to Dease Lake, BC, and then the Telegraph Creek Road, a dirt road that goes 119 km (74 miles) southwest to the remote community of Telegraph Creek, with about 300 residents. Along the way to Telegraph Creek on this road you are treated to amazing views of the Stikine River and the deep canyons of the area.