Three miles north of Hyder, Alaska on the Granduc
Road, one will find the Fish Creek Wildlife Observation
Site operated by the Tongass National Forest.
There on the banks of Fish Creek throughout July
and August, the visitors will have a chance to
observe not only the annual migration of spawning
salmon, but as well the co-dependent cycle of
bears coming to feed on them. Grizzly Bears and
Black Bears at the height of the season sometimes
virtually line up along the banks taking turns
to dine al fresco on nature's bounty. With luck
or patience, one might also view an eagle enjoying
his share of the banquet by snatching a fish directly
out of the creek or the Salmon River nearby, or
a mother Grizzly teaching her young cub to fish.
A trip to Stewart, BC is not complete until you
have made a trip to Fish Creek. Daily tours are
available, see the front desk for details.
Visit the Fish Creek Website - www.fishcreek.org
The Salmon Glacier - the fifth largest glacier
in North America. Drive above this spectacular
glacier and take pictures as if you were in a
helicopter with the option to stop and take photos
or picnic anywhere you want. The road starts in
Hyder, Alaska at sea level and follows the Salmon
River to its birthplace - the Salmon Glacier.
4,300 ft. up in the alpine located back in beautiful
British Columbia. The road goes by several old
gold mines including the famous Premier Gold Mine
- now called Westmin Gold - which has been in
operation off and on since the 1920s.
Please see our front desk for information on
the Salmon Glacier Auto Tour and maps.
THE UNKNOWN SLEDDING DESTINATION
- Stewart, BC
Stewart, BC has long been known for its extremely
heavy snowfall recorded as far back as the early
1900s. The freight companies used to put snowshoes
on the horses to give them the flotation they
needed to travel in deep snowfalls that would
sometimes fall in a mere 24 hour period. The Granduc
copper mine area received recognition in the Guinness
Book of World Records for the world's record snowfall
in 1973 for a recorded snowfall that year of 1199
inches. This sets the scene for some of, if not
the best, snowmobiling in the world!
For more information contact:
Bordertown Snowbombers Snowmobile Club
P.O. Box 461
Stewart, BC V0T 1W0
||mid October - June or July
||sea level - 8,000 feet
|Average Snow Fall:
||30 feet - 360 inches
||- 3 Celsius / 28 Fahrenheit
||Novice to Expert
INTERNATIONAL STEWART &
Have you ever wanted to visit Alaska? Now's your
chance to visit Alaska and attend our rodeo all
on the same weekend. The annual Stewart/Hyder
International Rodeo takes place the second weekend
in June. The rodeo grounds are built at the base
of Mount Rainey, which rises 6,000 feet out of
salt water, and is capped with glaciers and snow.
The beautiful mountains of our valley provide
a great background for our "Border Town Rodeo".
Hotel reservations are recommended as the town
fills up fast!
Hyder is located at the head of the Portland
Canal, a 70 mile long fjord that forms a portion
of the United States / Canadian border. Hyder
is just two miles from Stewart, British Columbia
and 75 air miles from Ketchikan, Alaska.
Hyder's boom years occurred between the 1920
and 1930. By 1956, all major mining had closed
except for Granduc Copper Mine in Canada, which
operated until 1984. It has been estimated that
over 10,000 people resided in the area during
World War I, yet the population was quickly reduced
to less than twenty after that time.
Hyder is known as the "Friendliest Ghost Town
in Alaska" and as the "Grizzly bear capital of
southeast Alaska". Hyder's economy is based primarily
on tourism today.
STEWART'S BOARDWALK ON THE
Only two blocks from the King Edward and accessible
from main street, is the new Boardwalk on the
Take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk and
watch water fowl and many other animals and creatures
play in their natural habitat. Have a seat
in the pavilion and gaze at the enormous mountains
or simply watch the tide come in.
* photos by Helen Stanchfield
STEWART ATTRACTIONS / CHARTERS
Fish Creek Tours
- Pick-up and drop off services at the Sealaska Inn
and Camp Run-a-muck in Hyder Alaska. This is a sight
seeing tour from Hyder, Alaska to Fish Creek to see
the Bears, Eagles, and Salmon. There are morning and
evening excursions commencing on the arrival of the
Reservation or pick-up call (250) 636-2486 or toll
|Stewart Historical Museum
- mining artifacts, wildlife exhibit, Stewart's history
and movie props
|Hideaway Fishing Lodge
- deepsea fishing, eco-tours, bed & breakfast
|Portland Fishing Charters
- fish for halibut, crab, prawns, salmon and rockfish.
Eco-tours and water taxi service
Stewart & Hyder
International Chamber of Commerce
- find information on Stewart, British Columbia and
Hyder, Alaska. Includes information on services, tourism,
business members and photos.