Getting here by road

Traveling through BC by road is exquisite. Towering mountains, raging rivers, babbling brooks, gentle fields and even a desert are a few of the sights to see. No matter which route one selects, it will not disappoint.

Access to Cassiar is off Highway 16, the Yellowhead Highway, which runs east to west through central BC. The drive between Smithers and Prince Rupert is ranked in the Top 10 of the World’s Most Scenic Drives and it is stunning. The Cassiar Cannery is located about 30 minutes from Prince Rupert, BC and 15 minutes from the Port Edward exit off Highway 16.

Here are detailed driving instructions from Highway 16, the main highway:

  • Take the Port Edward turnoff – about 1 1/4 hours from Terrace
  • Drive through the townsite staying on the main road – note the General Store on your left – marine fuel, fishing licenses, ice and bait available here
  • The road changes into ‘Cannery Road’
  • Drive past North Pacific Cannery Museum on your right
  • Slow down for the final 3.5km to the end of the road as it is bumpy
  • When you come to the end of the road with a yellow gate across the tracks – you’ve made it!

    For road reports and updates:

    BC Road Reports: 1-900-565-4997
    Skeena District Highway: 1-800-663-9910

    Depending on your route, recommended stops include:

    Barkerville – 1 hour from Quesnel
    Barkerville is a national Historic Site built around the BC’s famous Gold Rush. It is well worth a visit, especially the stagecoach ride.

    Chasm Provincial Park
    A Grand Canyon – BC Style! Located near 70 Mile House.

    K’san – Beautiful First Nations Village on Highway 16. Well worth the stop.