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Stewart
Stewart is located 316 km (196 miles) north-west of Terrace on Hwy 37A and is situated at the end of a large inlet on the coast of British Columbia called the Portland Canal. Located right next to Stewart is the small community of Hyder, Alaska and Alaska's Misty Fiords National Park.

Getting Here
To get here you can either travel north 156 km (97 miles) from Kitwanga (Gitwangak) or come south 335 km (208 mile) on Hwy 37 from Dease Lake to Meziadin Junction. Once at Meziadin Junction you still need to travel another 65 km (40 miles) on 37A to Stewart past the Bear Glacier with the highway going along the Bear River.

Bear Glacier
This drive is absolutely incredible. Hwy 37A takes you to a viewpoint of the glacier where you can watch nature in motion as the glaciers melt. There is also plenty of wildlife viewing along Hwy 37A with bears, bald eagles and spawning salmon being seen throughout the year.

Ice Free Sea Port

Stewart is Canada's most northerly ice-free deep sea port. This port facility in Stewart helped create economic impact in the past with an asbestos mine located at Cassiar. Today this ice free port facility is the economic driving force of the Stewart/Cassiar Region with the export of ore concentrates and raw logs.

King Edward Hotel
The small town of Stewart has a gas station, grocery and liquor store, motel and a hotel. The main entertainment for nightlife centres on the King Edward Hotel which features Casey's Pub. The King Edward also has a café and a restaurant which specializes in a famous crab dinner.

Stewart Museum
For historians you can visit the Stewart Museum with some great photos of Stewart's mining past, and then walk through town where some of the buildings date back to 1910. If you are in Hyder, have a look at the small museum at the Hyder Community Association building.

Hyder, Alaska
A very unique thing about Stewart is the close proximity to it and Hyder Alaska. Located along the Portland Canal as well Hyder is a land small-locked community with the only way out besides Stewart by a small plane from Ketchikan with scheduled flights by Taquan Air offered on Mondays and Thursdays.

"Friendliest Ghost Town in Alaska"
To visit Hyder is to reminisce what the Wild West must have felt like. The town motto is "Friendliest Ghost Town in Alaska," and you will definitely be catapulting back in time. If you do come to Hyder visit the Sealaska Inn and meet some of the local folk and try the famous alcohol drink of being "Hyderized."

Wildlife Viewing
Take the time for wildlife viewing when you are in Hyder. The Hyder community has built a wooden walkway at Fish Creek 6.5 km (4 miles) up to the Salmon Glacier Road for bear watching in the wild.

Salmon Glacier
If you travel another 26 km (16 miles) from Fish Creek you will come to the Salmon Glacier - the fifth largest glacier in North America. The road, which is now travelling back in British Columbia, travels past gold and copper mines sites that have been established as far back as the 1920's.

Granduc Copper Mine
One of these mines was called Granduc Copper. Located approx 48 km (30 miles) away from Hyder the mine was shut down in 1984. The Granduc mine was unique in that you have to drive through Alaska then back into British Columbia to get to it. Lots of memories of Hyder and the drive must be familiar to many of the people who worked at Granduc Copper from all across Canada.

Stewart Accommodation
Stewart itself does have some accommodation if you want to be right in town. If you need a room to stay, there is the King Edward Hotel, Ripley Creek Inn and Anne's Guest House. For campers there is Rainey Creek Municipal Campground and RV Park plus the Bear River RV Park and Camp Run-A-Muck in Hyder.

BC Hydro
During the late 1980's BC Hydro put Stewart on its electrical grid. In order to do this BC Hydro built an electrical transmission line from the community of New Aiyansh up Hwy 37 through the Bear Glacier Pass.

Snowslides in Bear Glacier Pass
One engineering problem was the problems encountered by snowslides through the pass on the transmission towers. You can view these special steel towers that were designed for the heavy snowload as you drive along Hwy 37A near Bear Glacier.

Meziadin Lake Provincial Park
If you want to camp near the Bear Glacier, try the facilities at Meziadin Lake Provincial Park located at Meziadin Junction. Meziadin Lake features some great fishing, excellent scenery and has a very nice campground. Just remember to be 'animal aware' as this country is still quite wild.

Bell II
Located just north of Meziadin Junction by 94 km (58 miles) is Bell II. Named after the 2nd river crossing of Hwy 37 over the Bell-Irving River, Bell II was historically a small service station that served travelers on Hwy 37. Today Bell II still has fuel but has also transformed itself into a major heli-skiing destination providing "Canada's Most Exciting Heli-skiing Destination."

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Map of Stewart
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Bear Glacier on Hwy 37A
Bear Glacier on Hwy 37A

 

Stewart
Stewart - 5th Avenue

 

Ripley Creek Inn
Ripley Creek Inn

 

Bear River
Bear River

 

Estuary Boardwalk
Estuary Boardwalk

 

King Edward Hotel
King Edward Hotel

 

Stewart - 5th Avenue
Stewart - 5th Avenue

 

 
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