Apr 192012

Population: 303
Elevation: 2624ft (800m)

Dease Lake is a small community in Northern British Columbia located along the Dease River and only a couple of hours from the Yukon border. Its actually located at the direct south end of Dease Lake (which is actually 2 miles across at its widest).   There has been a gold rush in the area in the past.  This was apart of the Cassair Gold Rush.  Numerous Ghost Towns and former sites are scattered around its shores, including Laketon and Centre City.  The town is named after Peter Dease who worked for the Hudson Bay Trading Company.  The town itself has a school, several stores, fuel and service stations, hotels, a restaurant and a pub, and a college campus.  Grayling, Char, Burbot, and Whitefish are the most popular fishing in the area.  You will find plenty to go around for sure.  This is one of the coolest small towns in Canada.  Its virtually unknown to those other than Americans/Canadians.

Things to Do

  • Guided Fishing & Hunting
  • Wilderness Adventure Travel

Places to Stay

  • Red Goat Lodge
  • Northway Motor Inn
  • Dease River Crossing Campground

Food to Eat

  • Mama Z’s – Jade Boulder Cafe

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Mar 102012

Population: Abandoned Population Place
Elevation: 474m

There is not a whole lot of info on this area.  I added it because of the Fort Halkett Provincial Park.  Unfortunately at this time the park is closed because of a huge wildfire they had come through the entire area.  Its located where the Smith River and Liard River come together.  Its near km 820 on the Alaska Highway.  The biggest attraction at this place is the Smith River Falls.  This is a 10 story 30ft wide waterfall which plunges into a deep pool.  It makes a crazy loud thunderous sound when it hits the bottom too.   You can easily reach these falls by car and you can also see the original site of Fort Halkett (originally a Hudson Bay Trading Company outpost). 

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