This was our second trip to Alaska . During the original trip we used both the Alcan and the Cassiar Highway for our journey. On that journey we fell in love with the Cassiar Highway and saw no need to utilize the Alcan for our North or South journey for this trip. Contrary to popular belief the Cassiar Highway is paved ! It’s a quiet, relatively unused highway. Fuel stations are far and few between, so top off at every opportunity if you choose the Cassiar.
Life along the Cassiar is incredibly beautiful. We saw more wild life and had the opportunity to experience the Native environment more than we did on the Alcan.
One spot we look forward to stopping at , no matter what direction we are traveling, is Good Hope Lake. The first time we stopped here I was overwhelmed by its beauty and I still am. It’s less than 50 feet off the highway and I’m constantly amazed that it is so accessible. It is definitely made for small rigs, I don’t think a Class A or a large Class C could maneuver the hill and u turn to get to the beach area. It is more of a day use area but there are a few small spots available to camp. As of this writing, there are “no overnight camping signs” posted. But please, clean up your garbage, pack it in , pack it out. Also be a good steward, if you see someone else’s garbage, be the better camper and pick it up .
After leaving Good Hope Lake we knew we would stumble on our next boon-docking spot somehow. And that somehow turned out to be via one of our favorite apps –iOverlander. We thought we would camp at Meziadin Lake Provincial Park, boo hoo, it was closed for the season. But we found the forest road around the outer edge of the park – perfect. We set up near the bridge that crossed a beautiful fishing stream for Jim.
There is such a peaceful vibe found here. It’s even evident in the playful postings on the beach “cabana”. Everyone is invited to leave a comment. Of course I thought they were so fun and creative I had to take some photos.
I will always hold the memories of Good Hope Lake deep in my heart. Stop and visit if you travel the Cassiar Highway.
“Places I love come back to me like music,
Hush me and heal me when I am very tired;
Excerpt from The Collected Poems, Sara Teasdale