Stewart sits at the head of the Portland Canal, a 90 mile long
ocean fjord which forms a natural boundary between Canada and Alaska.
peaks, chilling glacier scenes and unparalleled bear-watching make it
a must-see. The summer months make for spectacular wildlife viewing; the
salmon are spawning, the bears are there to catch the salmon, moose, eagles
and mountain goats are often nearby; if you head out to sea you can often
be rewarded with sights of orca whales.
fishing or wildlife viewing, the outdoor enthusiast can find fine hiking
in the surrounding rugged mountains. Two wilderness parks, Mount Edziza
and Spatsizi Plateau, can be found to the north of Stewart providing a
myriad of outdoor adventures.
townsite is very interesting with many of the buildings dating from 1910
when 10,000 people lived there. The town's history is chronicled in the
former firehall, which includes props used in some recent movies.
Stewart, you can head into the U.S.; a short drive takes you to Hyder,
where the border crossing is marked with an 1896 stone storehouse. Although
there is no US Customs office at the border, the Canada Customs office
is open 24 hrs per day, 7 days per week. It is mandatory to stop and report
when crossing from Hyder. Valid Identification is required to enter Canada.
Summer Average: 22.5 C
• Winter Average: 2.5 C
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Stewart is on Highway 37A, north off Highway 16 at Kitwanga, Greyhound
Bus Lines travels the highway north and south. The 61 km (38 mile) road
joining Stewart with the Cassiar Highway is one of the most spectacular
in the North, making it well worth the drive while on your way to or from
the famous Alaska Highway in the Yukon.
summer, Alaska State Ferries regularly sail between Stewart and Ketchikan.
In Ketchikan, you can make connections with Alaska Ferries headed north
to Skagway and south to Prince Rupert; there you can join the B.C. Ferry
system to continue on south.
Limousine only travels from Stewart to Terrace during the week. Greyhound
does not travel on Highway 37 or 37A.