After a spectacular two days in Stewart, we headed back to the Cassiar Highway, stopping briefly at Meziadin Provincial Park and campground. It was surprisingly full for being so far from any major towns. We spent 15 minutes talking with a couple from Terrace about their truck camper, and the cheapest way to acquire one, as this is a possible future acquisition for us after this trip.
Next stop – diesel. We stopped at Bell 1 gas station for a fill up. This is one of the modern oases along this nomadic track in the middle of the mountains. Food, accommodation and fuel are available, all at a price! These stops appear about every 100km to 150 km along the highway, however, not all are open all the time, and in fact some had already gone out of business. Luckily we could go about 450km on a tank of diesel, and also had an uptodate list of the stations that were open.
A few hours later we stopped at Tattoga Lodge, just south of Iskut. This was the first RV park along Lake Eddengtan, one of a string of lakes and rivers that eventually flow into the Dease River, and is technically one of the headwaters of the Mackenzie River that eventually flows into the Beaufort Sea at Inuvik.
Tattoga Lodge had an interesting collection of women working there, and at first appeared to be offering additional services to the men working in the mines, than we were looking for at a campground! It was actually hosting miners and explorers nearby, having won the contract to house and feed them, and didn’t seemed too concerned if we stayed there or not. There were no other RVs there.
We drove another 10km North to Red Goat Lodge. This had lakeside RV sites, with an incredible view of Red Goat Mountain and the entire opposite shore line of the lake. We stayed there that night.