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post #1 of 11 Old 07-27-2018, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Road between Smithers BC and Watson Lake YK

I was just wondering if any Canadian Stromers have had any experience with Highway 37 in Northern BC. Such as road conditions and fuel stops. Any help would be appreciated. Looking at planning a trip through there.


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post #2 of 11 Old 07-27-2018, 12:40 PM
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That's Cassiar. It's fine - mind your fuel and wildlife and make sure you duck off the Steward/Hyder ....short detour - fantastic scenery.

Coming from the Yellowhead ...one rather chaotic first nations fuel stop in the middle of the Cassiar the another at Meziadin Junction....I'd check for current
Meziadin is where you go left for 30 km of wonder over to Stewart.
You can visit Hyder too....

Riding the Strom you should be okay for fuel but we carried spare 5 litre,


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Dease Lake has a Petro Canada Station. 8 to 8 daily except Sunday 10 to 7. When I was up there over 20 years ago it was just about all paved. There were a few other gas stations here n there. Jade city had one but it may have closed by now. Check Drivebc.ca for currant conditions, construction and closures. Look at map view and tick all the relevant boxes.
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Seems there may no longer be fuel available at Meziadin Junction. Have a look here Bell II - Meziadin | Stewart Cassiar Highway | Northern BC

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Good current info

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Fuel is available at either Stewart (64km west) or Bell II (94km north).
Still not a big issue to get the Stewart and a lovely ride.

This is perhaps your best info source The Milepost | Since 1949, The Bible of North Country Travel


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I just rode this a few weeks ago, north to south.

Homeward Bound: Whitehorse, YT -> Jade City, BC
Homeward Bound: Jade City, BC -> Stewart, BC

Shameless self-promotion aside, I can confirm that gas is available at:

- Meziadin Junction
- Bell II
- Iskut
- Dease Lake
- Good Hope Lake (this one looked a bit sketchy when I passed, so I skipped it)
- Watson Lake (multiple stations at the junction with the Alcan)

Jade City does NOT have a gas station (but has tons of parking for tourists, thanks to a reality TV show about the place..)

Stewart/Hyder is a cool side trip, if you have time!

I'd recommend grabbing a copy of The Milepost for the latest details; they have a hardcopy and a digital version as well.
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I bought gas last summer at Meziadin Junction, Bell 2 and Dease Lake. Dease Lake was closed when I got there. I was camping there so it was no problem coming back the next morning.

My Milepost (last year's) shows gas at Iskut. Bottom line is gas isn't a problem.

You'd be advised to pay attention for bears. I had 3 right in front of me on that stretch. One was standing in front of me and didn't want to move. The other 2 came running out from the bushes and could have been a problem if I had been 20 feet closer. I saw 16 more bear along side the road that day. The locals had warned me about moose because the brush is close to the road and the moose come out of the brush with very little warning. I didn't see any moose.

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Moose and bears and no gas, Oh My! We aren't in Kansas anymore, Toto!
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Just bought premium fuel at the mediadin junction a few weeks back heading thru to Alaska via Watson lake to Dawson city
it was $2.02 cent a litre so if you fill up at the turn off you should be able to make it into Stewart lake which was cheaper
the only other place that was that expensive was Muncho lake on my way back down
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It's a great ride! Just do like you always should in areas getting remote like that, and stop to fill up at every town, and be especially careful with gas later in the day as not everything is open 24h. I did that road on an SV1000S and I had a two spare 5L cans. The SV was bad for mileage but I could have done it with a single can iirc.

100% make the detour to Hyder, that road is very fun and scenic.
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