Hyder is located just across the international border from Stewart, BC, and is accessible via a paved road that continues from the end of Stewart's main street/5th Ave. Be prepared to go through Canada Customs upon returning from Hyder to Stewart.
Best place to stop for area information is the Stewart Visitor Infocente on the the main street/5thAvenue in Stewart.
Hyder is at the head of Portland Canal, a narrow saltwater fjord approximately 70 miles long. In 1896, Captain D.D. Gaillard explored Portland Canal for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Two years later, the first prospectors and settlers arrived. Hyder was named after Canadian mining engineer Frederick B. Hyder. Gold and silver mining dominated the early economy. Today the economy is driven by forestry, mining and tourism.
Hyder has 2 general stores, a post office, 2 cafes, 2 motels, 2 bars, a laundromat, campground and a Baptist church. More services are available in nearby Stewart, BC.
- The oldest masonry building in Alaska is located on the international border at Eagle Point. This stone storehouse was built by Captain D.D. Gaillard in 1896.
- Take a self-guided or guided sightseeing tour out Salmon Glacier Road to see spectacular Salmon Glacier. Follow paved road through Hyder and out Salmon River Road past Fish Creek Wildlife Viewing Area. Steep, narrow, winding gravel road to Salmon Glacier Summit viewpoint at Mile 21.7 (measured from international border).
- Observe brown (grizzly) and black bears as they fish for chum and pink salmon at Fish Creek Wildlife Viewing Area. 4.3 miles from international border via paved road through Hyder and out Salmon River Road.
- Fourth of July begins July 1 as Stewart and Hyder celebrate Canada Day and Independence Day. Parade and fireworks.