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Location: On Stewart-Cassiar Hwy 37, north of Dease Lake and approximately 12 miles south of Good Hope Lake. Population: 12.
The Stewart-Cassiar Highway is named for the asbestos mine and former company town site of Cassiar, abandoned since 1992. After 40 prosperous years, when it proved too costly to develop new underground tunnels and transport asbestos to world markets, the thriving community of 1500 became a ghost town. Virtually all the buildings have been moved out and the site is now closed to visitors. The name Cassiar itself derives from Kaska, the First Nations people who inhabit this region.
Jade deposits are associated with asbestos and jade mines are scattered throughout this area. Named for the tremendous jade deposits and the Princess Jade Mine in the immediate vicinity, Jade City offers two stores carrying an extensive selection of raw jade and jade jewelry and carvings, as well as a 40-site RV campground.
While the Cusack Gold Mine, located right next to Jade City is not operational at this time, there is a working gold placer mine just off the highway open for tours. Seven miles south of Jade City, Twin Lake and Simmons Lake are little jewels set deeply in mountain folds among towering spruce.