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Dease Lake
Dease Lake is located 65 km (40 miles) north of Iskut on Hwy 37.

Hudson's Bay Company
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.

Mt. 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.

'Jade 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.

Fishing 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 burbot.

Fishing Derby
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. range.

Telegraph Creek
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.

River Song
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.

'The 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 Nations.

Stikine 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.

Canoe Trip
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.

Grizzly Bears
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.

Information on Dease Lake




Dease Lake
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Mt. Edziza
Mt. Edziza


Arctic - Pacific Divide
Arctic - Pacific Divide


Dease Lake
Dease Lake


Stikine Canyon
Stikine Canyon


Wildlife Watching - Stikine Canyon
Wildlife Watching - Stikine Canyon


Dease River
Dease River


Dease Lake Petro-Canada
Dease Lake Petro-Canada


Mountain Goat Photo
Mountain Goat

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