Day 38, Cassiar Hwy, Boya Lake Provincial Park to Meziadin Provincial Park

We woke at 7, and had our gear packed and we were off by 8.  First stop, Dease Lake for gas and breakfast.  It was about 3C, and a warm car and hot coffee were calling.

The day was clear, with fog gathering over the lakes creating lots of low lying fog in the early morning.

Mist gathering over the warm(er)Boya Lake

After a couple of hours the bright sun burned it off. Majestic mountains, wild rushing mountain streams and glacial lakes. Breathtaking!

Hints of mist
Not so subtle hints!

Oh, and did I mention bears??  As we were driving south we came upon one as we turned the corner… a shy one as he/she ran off before we could get the camera out.  But then Dan saw another one, and they were more comfortable posing!  We actually saw a third who reared up and then took off into the woods.  Exciting drive!

Yup, that’s a bear!

As we travel south the trees get taller and the temperatures are warmer.  Currently hitting 19 C according to the car thermometer.  Just doing some quick calculations, we come about 2000 kms south of our furtherest north point in the NWT and are still considered to be quite far north in Canada!

We made it to Meziadin Provincial park in good time.  What a beautiful park and a perfect day to explore.  We got the camp set up in record time and soon we’re on the road to Stewart for a quick look around and possibly a seafood dinner!  The skies are so clear we’d hate to miss the Pacific because of fog or rain!

Our campsite
Our view of the Lake from our campsite

On our way there, we passed Bear Glacier, one of the few glaciers visible from the highway. Of course this was preceded by our 4th black bear sighting today!

Bear Glacier. One of the few visible from a road side

On we went to Stewart. A beautiful day for a drive through the mountains following the bear river to the town.

Once there we parked the car and headed towards the visitors centre.  It was closed, but there was a lovely park with a boardwalk heading out into the wetlands at the head of the sound.  As we walked, we decided to head out towards the border crossing to Hyder, a town on the US side.

Boardwalk heading out into the wetlands towards the Pacific
Looking across the sound
Looking towards the fisheries’ pier

As we approached we got to the Canadian fisheries checkpoint and Dan decided he wanted to dip his toe into the Pacific Ocean.  A little cold and a lot murky, but he did it!

Brave lad, cold toe!

After that we headed back to the little café in town for dinner. After some uneventful fish and chips/salad we headed back to our campsite for a drink by the lake and a campfire. Beautiful end to a beautiful day!

I’ll leave you with this bus photo in Whitehorse. Bear proofing is very serious business!

Tomorrow, Prince Rupert. Until then, stay safe!

Categories: 2021 C2C2C Exploring Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast - a 40th Anniversary Tour


  1. Hi Pat. Suzanne and I are really enjoying your posts. You brave souls! Amazing scenery, simple pleasures and expected challenges all coming through in your great writing and pix. Well done. Safe travels. Xo


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