Dease Lake is accessed by Highway 37. On this highway, service stations are few and far between; most will provide only gasoline and oil. The longest distance between gasoline pumps is from Bell II Crossing to Kitwanga, a distance of 249 km. Mechanical servicing and minor work, with the exception of repairing flat tires, is restricted primarily to Watson Lake, Dease Lake, Stewart, Kitwanga, and a few other places where local residents undertake repairs. Credit cards are not accepted at all local businesses along the way.
The following is a list of places, including the distance from the junction of Yellowhead Highway 16 and Cassiar Highway 37, where gas and oil may be purchased:
- Kitwanga, 0 km, Gas, diesel, minor repairs, restaurant
- Bell II, 249 km, Gas, diesel, minor repairs, restaurant
- Tatogga, 392 km, Gas, diesel, restaurant (summer only)
- Iskut, 405 km, Gas, diesel, groceries
- Dease Lake, 480 km, Diesel, repairs, groceries, propane, gas
- Junction #37 & Alaska Hwy, 727 km, Gas, diesel, minor repairs and restaurant
- Good Hope Lake, 628 km, Gas, diesel
Medical students and residents will need a vehicle during their rural rotation.
Dease Lake does have a small airport serviced by Northern Thunderbird Air, with regular scheduled flights from Smithers three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday).
There is a general Dease Lake website with information about local amenities, transportation options, etc.
Dease Lake has an ATM at Northern Bear Gifts & Souvenirs. Watson Lake, Yukon is 153 km north and has a CIBC branch. Whitehorse, Yukon has the closest Scotiabank.
Dease Lake is in Stikine School District #87.
Dease Lake School (K-12, 105 Students)
Box 280, 1 Lake Road
Dease Lake, BC, V0C 1L0
P: 250 771-4321 | F: 250 771-4343
A small community located just a few hours south of the Yukon border, Dease Lake is a local service centre for people living and traveling in this part of the province. A great place for outdoor recreation lovers, Dease Lake is well situated near some of British Columbia’s best wilderness parks.
Dease Lake is located along the Alaska Highway and you will see some of the most inspiring beauty and abundant wildlife on this continent. There are three major provincial parks is this area; Mt. Edziza, Spatsizi and the Stikine River Recreational Area, all of which can introduce you to a variety of outdoor adventures from hiking craters and glacial moraines to river boating, kayaking and canoeing along the rivers. One popular canoe/kayak trip is on the Dease Lake and River system; pulling in at Dease Lake and pulling out at Lower Post.
Further activities include: camping, horseback riding, river rafting, fishing, boating, hiking, hunting, jet-boating, wildlife viewing, guided tours, and flightseeing.