On 68 mile Forest Service road (euphemistically referred to as Hwy 51) running southwest off the Stewart-Cassiar Hwy 37 from the town of Dease Lake. Population: 450. Visitor Information: Website: www.stewartcassiarhighway.com
Telegraph Creek, described as the most remote town in British Columbia with road access, takes its name from the overland telegraph line to the Yukon which was begun in 1866. Situated on terraces overlooking the Stikine River, the site has been populated since the 1860’s Yukon Gold Rush, when it was the departure point for paddle wheelers carrying supplies and Klondike-bound prospectors. While many historic buildings have been restored, deserted structures still stand, lending a distinct air of truly stepping back in time.
The incoming road passes through the Stikine River Provincial Recreation Area, skirting the 50-mile long Grand Canyon of the Stikine, and terminates at the gold boomtown of Glenora. While incomparably beautiful, the narrow canyon road is rough and steep with sharp switchbacks.
Rent a kayak or canoe to fish for salmon on the Stikine and Iskut. Book an exciting river trip just for the day or travel all the way to Wrangell, Alaska. Take a twin-engine jet boat into the mouth of the Grand Canyon. A 160-mile section of the old Yukon Telegraph Trail still stretches from Telegraph Creek to Atlin for experienced backpackers.
After a full day of exploring the rivers and forests, enjoy B&B accommodations in a restored turn-of-the-century building with local salmon on the menu. Campers will find three Forest Service Recreation sites located a few miles downstream from Telegraph Creek along the banks of the spectacular Stikine.