Lake is located 65 km (40 miles) north of Iskut
on Hwy 37.
The settlement has a very historic significance in the area as it
was once a Hudson's Bay Company trading fort from 1838-1841. It
played an important role in the discovery of Northwestern British
Columbia for it was the major transportation route for trappers
and prospectors going into the Cassiar Region.
Edziza Provincial Park
Today Dease Lake is a major centre for outdoor adventurers and explorers
You can find a wide range of guide, hunting and outfitting services
based here. There is also various Eco-Tourism services operate in
the Mt. Edziza Provincial Park and the Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness
Park area. These parks are located about 60 km (37.5 miles) south
of Dease Lake towards Iskut at the Stikine River crossing.
Capital of the World'
Dease Lake is a good destination to stop and have a rest while driving
Hwy 37. You will be able to find all the major services here such
as grocery stores, motels, gas stations and government agencies.
For collectors Dease Lake is a good place to buy jade souvenirs.
Considered the 'Jade Capital of the World', Dease Lake has some
highest quality jade deposits in the world.
in Dease Lake
Dease Lake also sits at the south end of Dease Lake a very good
fishing lake in the area. The lake itself is about 30 km (19 miles)
long and narrow, less than a km (mile) across in many places. The
lake eventually flows into the Arctic so the variety of fish include
Lake trout, white fish, northern pike, some arctic grayling and
There is an annual fishing derby on the last weekend in June with
first prize $3000, second $2000, plus hidden weight prizes each
day. The winning fish is usually a Lake trout in the 20 to 30 lbs.
Dease Lake is also the junction point if you want to go west to
the community of Telegraph Creek.
This 119 km (74 miles) trip is very interesting as the climatic
zone changes to almost desert conditions near Telegraph Creek.
There are some great views of the Tanzilla, Tuya, and Tahltan Rivers
along this route. Don't forget your camera the vistas and rock formations
are incredible. Once at Telegraph Creek you can access the lower
parts of the Stikine River below the canyon. There is a jet boat
service operating out of Telegraph Creek at the Stikine River Song.
Grand Canyon of the Stikine'
The canyon is 'The Grand Canyon of the Stikine' which is a non navigational
part of the Stikine River. Once thought as potential by BC Hydro
for a large hydro dam this 80 km (50 miles) canyon was saved from
development by protests from environmentalists and the Tahltan First
River Provincial Park
Now part of the Stikine River Recreational area the canyon is home
to a large population of Mountain Goats and nesting birds.
One of the best canoe trips in the Stewart Cassiar Region can be
found on the north side of Dease lake. This is the point where the
Dease River slowly meanders northward towards the Liard River and
eventually the Arctic Ocean.
This country is very remote, dangerous and full of Grizzly bears.
The canyon cliffs tend to be unstable with the rock sides falling
apart. To get into the environmentally sensitive area requires the
assistance of guides with pack horses and being well prepared especially
for Grizzly bears.
For any kind of supplies, including groceries and alcohol, visit
the neighbourhood Petro-Canada on Hwy 37 at the entrance to Dease
Lake. Unfortunately, now that the Tanzilla Pub looks like it is
closed for good and now up for sale, there really isn't anywhere
to eat besides the Petro-Canada.
on Dease Lake