Along the Cassiar Highway

July 29-30

Back to Whitehorse, Watson Lake on to Boya Lake.

The distance from Whitehorse to Watson Lake is about 300 miles. We wanted to cross the Alaska/Canadian border and head South on to the Cassiar Highway, which was touted as picturesque with better road conditions.

Watson Lake is a nice place to pass through quickly, but since we really needed some exercise after all of that back and forth business, and we didn’t want to spend the night at Watson again.

Wye Lake @ Watson Lake. finally some blue skies

I recalled from our last stay that Wye Lake had a walking path around it.  The town had established an hour walk with interpretive signs along the way explaining vegetation, birds and 14 kinds of Dragonflies that inhabit the small lake.  This was a perfect interlude for our tedious drive.  Most of the wildflowers we saw two months ago are gone, replaced by the berries of different shades of oranges and reds, hints of the coming autumn.

wye Lake

Probably a weed but so pretty. Cassier Hwy

At Wye Lake

Energized and with about 50 more miles to go, we began traveling the Cassiar Highway.  For the first 40 miles, on both sides of the highway all we could see was burnt forests. Although the “Milepost” was only a year old, it made no mention of fire damage we were seeing, we questioned whether it was wise choosing this road but there were only two choices; take the loop like we had planned or back track the way we came.  On this road, there were very few numbered mileposts to indicate where we actually were on the map, there were only small signs posted indicating the names of creeks, bridges and small lakes.  Since this highway is less traveled the condition was better than the previous 300 miles today. However, it was scary driving mile after mile with nothing but charcoal stumps covering the hills and we could only imagine what this dot on the map, we had chosen to camp at must look like. But, at the 50 mile point there was a well-positioned sign indicating Boya Lake.

Birch forest at Boya Lake Provincial Campground

Boya Lake, Cassiar Hwy

Entering the area the green birch forest appeared seemingly out of nowhere, then as we approached and and saw the lake it was jaw dropping, we were back in Canada the land of Aqua/Jade Blue Lakes! Having seen very few vehicles on the highway we thought we might have the camp to ourselves but to our surprise, the campground was nearly full.  Most of the lakeside sites were taken but we found a nice location and settled in, relieved that our choice was the ultimately right one.

campsite at Boya

Since the days in Canada are still very long it was close to 11:00 pm before the sun set as the jade green lake turned into this reflective silver mirror.

Boya Lake at 11:00p.m.

Boya Lake, which was actually quite large, had two easy hikes encircling the shoreline and it was absolute bliss being here.

Beaver Post at Boya Lake

Beaver Dam

At the paths end we found a beaver dam with evidence of posts those beavers had left behind.

Mocha splashed around the shore and I took photos of the remnants of wild flowers.

We leave tomorrow Tue. July 31st for Dease Lake and Iskut.