Stewart BC  - Hyder Alaska
Stewart BC
Cassiar Highway 37

Stewart and Portland Canada by airSituated at the end of the Portland Canal and across from Alaska's Misty Fjords National Park, Stewart is a unique border town attracting as many American tourists as Canadian. Important to the economy are the industries of forestry and mining - the main employers in the town. The community is promoting the development of a wood processor and is endeavoring to cultivate bulk cargo for its port.

Visit the famous Bear Glacier, one of the few blue glaciers with the easiest access in the world. Also, take a walk on one of the hiking trails that reveal the evidence of old gold and silver mines as they take one on a walk through the magnificent coastal forest, mountain streams and alpine meadows. Be sure to try the amazing fishing in the numerous streams and lakes. You can watch the spawning of the rare Alaskan Chum Salmon at Fish Creek. If saltwater fishing is your thing, make sure to take a boat ride on the Portland Canal to catch prawns and crabs...or maybe see a majestic killer whale.

Don't miss out on the spectacular drive from Stewart to Hyder and follow the road through the Salmon River valley right up to the old Granduc mine along the Berendon Glacier. Keep your eye out for the spectacular view of Salmon Glacier, it is the fifth largest glacier in the world. You can easily take your car or RV on this road, but if you wish, there are some fun tours as well.

snowmobilingStewart offers low cost available housing and land, a skilled work force, a salt water port, a barge terminal, a bulk commodity loader on salt water, a paved highway to major transportation routes, an excess of hydro power available for industrial use, and new sewage lagoons capable of servicing a town of approximately 6,000 people.


Bridge between Stewart, BC and Hyder, AK (1926) Stewart, BC is a small town big in history, nature and beauty. Mining was Stewart's beginning when 68 prospectors came to the head of the Portland Canal in the spring of 1898 looking for placer gold. Although rumours said the deposits equaled those of the Klondike, the promised "poor man" placer never materialized. However, other gold camps, once attention had been drawn to the area, mining and exploration increased.

GlacierStewart is on the Cassiar Highway at the head of the Portland Canal, a narrow saltwater fjord approximately 90 miles/145 kilometres long. The fjord forms a natural boundary between Alaska and Canada. Stewart has a deep harbour and boasts of being "Canada's Most Northerly Ice Free Port".

Prior to the coming of the white man, Nass River Indians knew the head of the Portland Canal as Skam-A-Kounst, meaning safe place, referring to the place as a retreat from the harassment of the coastal Hiadas. The Nass came here annually to hunt birds and pick berries. Little evidence of their presence remains today.

Stewart, BC (1911)

Outdoor adventure and wildlife - Bear watchingIn 1896, Captain D. Gillard (after whom the Gillard Cut in the Portland Canal was later named) explored the Portland Canal for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Two years after Gillards visit, the first prospectors and settlers arrived. Among them was D. J. Raine, for whom a creek and a mountain in the area are named. The Stewart brothers arrived in 1902, and in 1905, Robert M. Stewart, the first postmaster, named the town Stewart.

Despite the many changes in population from a high of 10,000 prior to the first world war, to a low of under 700 today, Stewart has always and will continue to persevere.


1991 - approximately 1500
2002 - approximately 700

Weather: The unbelievable amounts of snowfall, the long summer days or the crisp autumn nights, provides a constant source of conversation for the locals and visitors alike. Hyder and Stewart is located in the maritime climate zone with warm winters, cool summers and heavy precipitation.

Climate: Stewart has a coastal rainforest climate, with about 1832 mm (72 inches) per year of precipitation, much of it as snow, and an average yearly temperature of 6 degrees Celsius, according to Environment Canada.

the BoardwalkStewart is Canada's most northerly ice-free port Stewart is a small town at the head of the Portland Canal in western British Columbia, Canada. In 2006, its population was about 496. The Nisga'a, who lived around the Nass River, called the head of Portland Canal "Skam-A-Kounst," meaning safe place, probably because it served them as a retreat from the harassment of the Haidas on the coast. They travelled in the area seasonally to pick berries and hunt birds.

The area around the Portland Canal was explored in 1896 by Captain D.D. Gaillard of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (after whom the Gaillard Cut in the Panama Canal was later named). Two years after Gaillard's visit, the first prospectors and settlers arrived. Among them was D. J. Raine, for whom a creek and a mountain in the area are named. The Stewart brothers arrived in 1902. In 1905, Robert M. Stewart, the first postmaster, named the town Stewart. Gold and silver mining dominated the early economy.

Stewart had a population of about 10,000 prior to World War I, which then declined to about 700 in 2000. As of 2005, its population had reduced to less than 500.

Stewart is accessible by highway from the British Columbia highway system, via Highway 37A.

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