Stewart, British Columbia. Hyder, Alaska

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Stewart Part of the BC Adventure Network. Over a million web site visitors annually !

Stewart sits at the head of the Portland Canal, a 90 mile long ocean fjord which forms a natural boundary between Canada and Alaska.

Towering 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.

Besides 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.

The 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.

From 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.

Population: 600

Climate: Summer Average: 22.5 C
• Winter Average: 2.5 C

Precipitation: rainfall - 133 cm/yr snowfall - 76.2 cm/yr

Main Industries: logging, tourism and mining

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The Glacier's DescentAccess: 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.

In 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.

Seaport Limousine only travels from Stewart to Terrace during the week. Greyhound does not travel on Highway 37 or 37A.

Recreation Facilities & Activities: industrial tours; self-guided heritage walk; wildlife viewing; fishing; sightseeing charters; heli-tours, canoeing, hiking; swimming pool; ice rink

The Bear GlacierLocal Attractions: Stewart Historical Museum; Salmon Glacier; Meziadin fish ladders; Bear Glacier; nearby Alaska ghost town; Stewart/Hyder International Rodeo second weekend in June.

July - Stewart/Hyder International Days

Accommodations: There are private and provincial campsites available as well as motel accommodations.

For Information:
The Stewart/Hyder International Chamber of Commerce
Box 306, Stewart, B.C. (NW), V0T 1W0
Telephone: (250) 636-9224 • 1-888-366-5999 • Fax: (250) 636-2199

Northern BC Tourism Association
P.O. Box 2373,
Prince George, B.C. V2N 2S6
Telephone: (250) 561-0432 • Fax: (250) 561-0450
Toll Free: 1-800-663-8843
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Stewart, British Columbia. Hyder, Alaska