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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Stewart Cassiar > Telegraph Creek 

Telegraph Creek
Telegraph Creek is located 113 km (70 miles) west of Dease Lake on the banks of the Stikine River just upstream from the state of Alaska.

Dease Lake-Telegraph Creek Road
Leaving Dease Lake the Dease Lake/Telegraph Creek Road originally built in 1922 travels alongside and parallel to the Tanzilla River. The countryside becomes very dry and arid with the ground being made up of old volcanic geological rock formations.

'Grand Canyon of the Stikine'
The drive in to Telegraph Creek is absolutely amazing. At one point you're high up on a volcanic ridge overlooking where the Tanzilla joins the Stikine River. This is at the point where you'll be able to see a small portion of the 'Grand Canyon of the Stikine.'

Mount Edziza Provincial Park
This section of the Stikine River is so compacted into a canyon that it becomes non-passable for navigational travel going upstream. From this southern section of the river to the Stikine River Bridge on Hwy 37, it can only be seen either on horseback or by helicopter. Most of the Stikine canyon falls into Mount Edziza Provincial Park.

Tuya River
As you continue on the Dease Lake/Telegraph Creek Road, the road seems to come to an abrupt end high on a bluff. From this point you can see this amazing panoramic view of the Stikine Canyon with the Tuya River coming out of another gorge in the north, eventually joining the Stikine River.

Very Steep Road
Going down into the gorge towards the Tuya River crossing the road is very steep and will test your brakes. There are quite a few switchbacks that have created a few headaches over the years for the truck drivers transporting goods in and out of the area.

Please Be Aware
If you do pull over to get a picture, please be aware of this and allow room for the people coming up and down. Lots of problems have been caused in the past with careless behaviour.

Tahltan Band Council
The region around Telegraph Creek is the traditional home of the Tahltan Band Council. During the fishing season there is a chance to see the local Tahltans in the process of drying the fish after their catch when they return to the spawning grounds.

Traditional Sites
You can see some traditional sites near the Tuya and Tahltan Rivers confluences with the Stikine River once the road enters the valley floor. Look for the slabs of freshly caught salmon being traditionally smoked by local Tahltans near the river's edge.

Stikine River Song
Once you arrive in Telegraph Creek, look for the Stikine River Song. Located in an original 1898 Hudson Bay outpost, the Stikine River Song offers a general store, a café, accommodation and jet boating tours down the Stikine River.

Salmon Fishing
To go exploring around Telegraph Creek the local experts are located at Stikine River Song. If you enjoy salmon fishing similar to the Skeena River, they offer a licensed fishing guide to take you into some of the least-discovered areas of British Columbia.

Glenora
Just west of Telegraph Creek, along a dirt road next to the Stikine River, is the abandoned site of Glenora. During the gold rush the population of Glenora was over 5,000 with the opening of the Hudson Bay in 1874. British Columbia's most famous architect, Francis Rattenbury, designed the Hotel Glenora in 1898.

Forest Recreation Site
Today Glenora is nowhere to be found except for a small area offering a boat launch into the Stikine. There are two forest recreation sites at around the halfway point; one at Dodjatin Creek, the other at Winter Creek. Both campgrounds feature great fishing and wildlife viewing but can be a little rough at times, so be prepared.

Jet Boating
The Stikine River around Telegraph Creek is just excellent for jet boating. Going upstream you can explore into the beginning of the lower canyon and try to spot the mountain goats that hug the steep slopes. Downstream is a whole other experience unto its own.

Wrangell, Alaska
Then, when you go downstream west to Alaska, you will pass some hunting grounds for bear up the Chutine River. With a guide's help eventually you come to Chief Shakes Hot Springs located along the Alaska border. After, you go through some absolutely incredible-looking scenery on your way to Wrangell, Alaska 45 km (28 miles) away.

Russia and the Tlingit Nation
During the late 1800's as explorers entered Telegraph Creek region they found Russian and European goods amongst the Telegraph Creek Tahltans. It was discovered that traditional First Nation trading was conducted along the Stikine River with the Tlingit Nation near Wrangell, Alaska which, at the time, was part of the Russian American Company.

  • CCTHITA - Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Collins Overland Telegraph Route
With this closeness to Russia came the idea of having a communication link with Europe. In 1866 it was decided that an overland telegraph route would be built linking New York with London, England. The telegraph line at the time had linked Hazelton to New Westminster. Unfortunately plans were abandoned when the Trans-Atlantic line linking Europe was completed a year later.

North to Atlin
Going through Telegraph Creek the route followed traditional Tahltan hunting trails north to Atlin. If you are a serious hiker, there are sections of the 265 km (165 miles) Yukon Telegraph Trail between Telegraph Creek and north to Atlin still in existence.

Buckley Lake
There is a traditional hunting trail south through what is now Mount Edziza Park from Telegraph Creek that goes to Buckley Lake eventually reaching Iskut. Once you cross the Stikine River from Telegraph Creek, you are now in Mount Edziza Park. The park is made up of large volcanic areas with the glacier-covered shield volcano, Mount Edziza, dominating the landscape at 2,787 metres (9,144 feet) high.

Information on Telegraph Creek

 

 

Map of Telegraph Creek
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Stikine Canyon
Stikine Canyon

 

Mount Edziza
Mount Edziza

 

Stikine River
Stikine River

 

Stikine Canyon
Stikine River

 

Trail to Buckley Lake
Trail to Buckley Lake

 

Trail to Buckley Lake
Buckley Lake

 

Stikine River
Stikine River

 

 
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