Stewart is located on the Alaska–British Columbia border, about 2 miles from Hyder, AK, and is accessible via a 38-mile spur road (Highway 37A) off the Cassiar Highway 37.
Visitor Information: District of Stewart Visitor Infocentre on Fifth Avenue.
Stewart is located 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 after Gaillard’s visit, the first prospectors and settlers arrived. The Stewart brothers arrived in 1902 and in 1905 Robert M. Stewart, the first postmaster, named the town Stewart. Gold and silver mining dominated the early economy. Nearby Hyder became an access and supply point for the mines, while Stewart served as the centre for Canadian mining activity. Mining ceased in 1956, with the exception of the Granduc copper mine, which operated until 1984.
Today the economy is driven by forestry, mining and tourism. Movies filmed here include “Bear Island” (1978), John Carpenter’s “The Thing” (1981), “The Ice Man” (1982) and “Leaving Normal” (1991).
Visitor services in Stewart include lodging at Ripley Creek Inn; 2 cafes, a bistro and a pizza place; gift shops and grocery stores; churches; service station; a laundromat; a post office, bank and liquor store. Camping at Bear River RV Park.
- Stewart Historical Society Museum, in the Courthouse/Service BC building on Brightwell Street, has wildlife and historical items exhibits. Group tours of Stewart historical structures may be arranged, email the museum.
- Explore the Estuary Boardwalk for spectacular views of Portland Canal. Interpretive panels explain flora and fauna.
- Take a self-guided tour out Salmon Glacier Road to see spectacular Salmon Glacier.
- 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.
- Observe brown (grizzly) and black bears as they fish for chum and pink salmon at Fish Creek Wildlife Viewing Area.
- July 1 Stewart celebrate Canada Day. Parade and fireworks.