The Alaska Highway
Lodges, Legends & Lives
-by Tim Bell
Lakeview Lodge circa 1950 - Photo Courtesy Ft Nelson NRRM Public Library Historical Project
Mile 422 (km 647) Toad River Lodge
Toad River was also known as Camp 138. The A.E. Jupp Construction Company of York Ontario was based here in 1942 and was responsible for building this portion of the Highway. There was also a landing strip for the Northwest staging route. The Toad River Lodge is one of the best-known lodges on the Alaska Highway. It was originally opened by Dennis Callison when the Highway became a public road. Dennis was one of the guides for the engineers of the PRA (Public Roads Administration) in 1941 and fell in love with the area and stayed. He and his wife Marg and children Gloria and Janice lived here at the same time I lived at Muncho. Toad River Lodge has had several owners since it was built but has consistently offered quality service to the travelling public. The lodge is currently owned by Matthew Roy and Darrel Stevens and is known for great food and a collection of over 10,000 hats.