(Southeast Alaska) Hyder is located just across the international border from Stewart, BC, and is accessible via a spur road off the Cassiar Highway in British Columbia.
Visitor information: Stewart and Hyder International Chamber of Commerce, Box 306, Stewart, BC V0T 1W0; phone (250) 636-9224, toll-free 1-888-366-5999, fax (250) 636-2199 ( email) .
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.
- 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.
- Observe brown (grizzly) and black bears as they fish for chum and pink salmon at Fish Creek Wildlife Viewing Area.
- Fourth of July begins July 1 as Stewart and Hyder celebrate Canada Day and Independence Day. Parade and fireworks.