Jade City is located 115 km (72 miles) north of Dease
Lake on Hwy 37 and 143 km (89 miles) south of Watson Lake, Yukon
on Yukon Hwy 1 and Hwy 37 in British Columbia.
Jade City gets its name because of the large outcrops of high-quality
jade mined throughout the Cassiar Mountain Range accounting for
about 75% of the world's supply. The Princess Jade Mine is located
to the east of the community and from here, jade, gold and precious
gems are offered at discounted prices for local sales in Jade City.
Jade City is made up of two seasonally operated jade stores straddling
both sides of Hwy 37 only open during the summer season. Both businesses
are very friendly, offer free coffee and try to sell the jade at
City Jade Store
On the east side of the highway is Jade City Jade Store. Here you
can find a large impressive jade boulder sitting just outside the
store. Inside the Jade Store there are beautiful jade carvings all
offered at reasonable prices. Jade City also has a small tour available
highlighting the jade-cutting process.
Mountain Jade Store
Situated on the west side of Hwy 37 is Cassiar Mountain Jade Store.
Here you can find a small interactive mining museum, old photographs
and various pieces of equipment used in the sawing and polishing
of jade. Inside the building, Cassiar Mountain Jade Store has a
number of beautiful pieces of jade carvings for all budgets.
Both the Jade City Jade Store and Cassiar Mountain Jade Store offer
RV sites for camping if you would like to stay at Jade City overnight.
The Jade City Campground and RV Park has 40 level sites situated
on gravel, running water, sani-dump, free movies available nightly
and is dog-friendly. Cassiar Mountain Jade Store is more open, has
showers plus some tenting sites are available.
The junction point to the old asbestos mining town of Cassiar
is 2 km (1.3 miles) north of Jade City on Hwy 37. From here Cassiar
is 12 km (7.5 miles) away except the road is now closed to traffic
and has various signs posted to prevent people from entering into
Cassiar from Hwy 37. The Cassiar area is well-noted for big game
hunting, especially for Stone's Sheep, which are found in the local
Lake Provincial Park
Situated 35 km (22 miles) north of Jade City on Hwy 37 is Boya Lake
Provincial Park. At Boya Lake Provincial Park, you can find a 44-vehicle
accessible campground offering a wilderness type setting with lots
of opportunities for angling, wildlife viewing and observing the
past geological history of the glacial landscape.
Good Hope Lake is located 23 km (14.5 miles) north of Jade City
on Hwy 37, where you can find some fuel at Kididza Services. Good
Hope Lake is also home to around 32 people (2006 Census) belonging
of the Dease River Band Council. The land around Jade City is the
traditional territory of the Kaska Dena First Nations.
Just in case you are unable to reach Jade City or are visiting the
Lower Mainland, Cassiar Mountain Jade Store also has another retail
outlet south of Squamish
at Britannia Beach.
Just remember if you are enjoying the countryside around Jade City,
please remember this is Bear Country as is the rest of BC. Try to
avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel
comfortable with bears around. There is also the possibilities of
encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe and practice
good outdoor wildlife procedures.
on Jade City