Bill & Deanie's Trip To Alaska 2012

  July19 - 20th Trip Home

 Stewart, BC/ Hyder, AK

We’ve spent two days at Stewart BC/ Hyder AK. These towns are 40 miles off main road and side by side with one in Canada and other in AK. There is no security/check point on the U.S. side, but CA customs leaving Hyder. So if you live there and go back and forth every day, do you always have to stop at Customs?

The reason come to this area is for the bear viewing. A river flows from Salmon Glacier and down to Portland inlet. This river has a run of Chum salmon each year. The river supposedly has the biggest size Chums in Alaska. And we believe it!

The fish are just beginning to arrive so unfortunately we missed seeing the bears. When the fish show up, lots of brown and black bears are usually close behind. There is a really great viewing platform and boardwalk above the river for viewing with Fish and Wildlife people to watch both people and bears and to answer questions. We were told there have been only 5 bears show up so far.

The bear viewing is about four miles north of Hyder. If you continue on the very bad dirt, gravel, potholed road another 20+ miles you reach Salmon Glacier. It is truly a fantastic sight and well worth the bad road!

We visited the little museum in Stewart, BC. Stewart was “put on the map” when two brothers wrote a bogus article about a local gold strike. People from all over the world read about the gold. And they came! The brothers found early on that it was much easier (and more profitable) to make money from mining miners rather than mining gold.

We had one rainy day and one really nice day.


July 19th & 20th at Steward, BC. / Hyder, AK
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(If you don't see the "blue line" grab the map and pull it to the left or right and the line will appear - Also the little minus on the left side zooms you out and the plus zooms you in)  

If you would like to see for yourself what we are seeing, click on the "view Larger Map".  Then go to the street view and get a 360 deg view of the roads we are traveling.  I love that feature!



During our drive we spotted some interesting logging going on.  They were building a communications line through this area.  We couldn't beleive they were going to burn these piles.  There were what looked like perfectly good trees stacked here.
Lots of daisies along the roadway.
When you are coming to Stewart BC this is one of the "hanging" glaciers you see.
This is the view from the road of Bear Glacier. 
Another shot of Bear Glacier.  This time right at the terminus of the glacier.
Deanie grabbed a shot of the canyon you come through.  Must have been fun to build this road, huh?
July 20th we drove the 20 miles of dirt to Salmon Glacier.  This is one of the first views of the glacier.
Looking back down the canyon with the outflow from the glacier.
Deanie taking in the views. 
If you don't want to spend the money on a flight over the glaciers, this is one place that you can get the same view.
Icefields are right at your feet!  At thjs point you are some 4300 ft in elevation.
A closer view of the ice.  The crevasse (cracks) you see are probably 100's of feet across and no telling how deep.  
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