The Stewart-Cassiar Highway is the most northwestern highway in British Columbia. Also known as the Dease Lake Highway, the Stikine Highway, or Highway 37, the road starts at a junction between Smithers and Terrace and winds north to terminate at the Alaska Highway just west of Watson Lake. The turnoff at the Alaska Highway is known as Junction 37. The highway offers unparalleled scenery and access to some of the most remote areas of northern British Columbia. It passes through Meziadin Lake Provincial Park and Dease Lake.
The Stewart-Cassiar Highway wasn’t named after a person, rather, the name of the highway refers to the small community of Stewart, BC and the former asbestos mine community of Cassiar that the highway historically serviced. Today, you can reach Stewart via Highway 37A, which turns west from Meziadin Junction.
Cassiar was the location of a successful asbestos mine and a thriving community during much of the 20th century. In 1992, financial difficulties caused the asbestos mine to close down. Today, Cassiar is a ghost town located about 11 km off of the Stewart-Cassiar Highway.
Jade City is a "spot on the road" close to Cassiar on the Stewart-Cassiar Highway. Jade City is a small town with population of only twenty people. There are two seasonally-operated businesses that offer highway services to travellers and sell jade products. Currently, only one of the two stores is active. A church opens during the summer months to offer Sunday service.