When to visit
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What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
Stewart is located on the Alaska–British Columbia border. Over the years, this former mining town has gradually been transformed into a charming tourist destination. The area offers a very good chance of seeing grizzly bears in their natural habitat. Wild bears spend the summer months fishing the salmon that are making their way upstream to spawn.
Since you are so close to Alaska, why not drive the extra few minutes to the tiny American village of Hyder? And if you want to follow the time-honoured travellers' tradition, get "Hyderized" at the Glacier Inn by downing a shot of 150 proof Everclear, an intense experience that will require a designated driver to get you back to Stewart!
WHAT TO DOFish Creek***
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The best place for bear-watching is the Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site in nearby Hyder (Alaska). The site features a raised viewing platform from which bears can be observed and photographed as they fish for chum and pink salmon in the clear shallow waters of Fish Creek. The best time to see grizzlies and black bears in action is in July and August.
Just north of Stewart, on the Canadian side of the border, is a spectacular natural attraction: Salmon Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in Canada. You can drive above this spectacular glacier and admire the view and the sun glittering on the eternal ice and snow. You will feel like you are on top of the world!
Where to eat
- $ Inexpensive
- $$ Moderate
- $$$ Upscale
- $$$$ Fine dining
WHERE TO EAT
Dash Mobile Bistro ($)
Dash Mobile Bistro is a popular gourmet food truck in the heart of downtown Stewart, serving homemade burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, salads and more, all freshly prepared with quality ingredients. It has no fixed address, but as Stewart is not a very big place, you shouldn't have any trouble finding it!
Silverado Café & Pizza Parlor ($$)
Known for its friendly atmosphere and fresh homemade food, Silverado Café is located in a typical small west coast house. The house specialty is authentic Italian pizza. The menu also includes burgers, pasta, sandwiches and fish & chips.
309 5th Ave, Stewart, BC / 250-636-2727
Bitter Creek Café ($$$)
You will be charmed by Bitter Creek Café's rustic "fisherman's cottage" decor! The menu focuses on Alaskan king crab, seafood and fresh fish, but also offers steak and salads.
311 5th Ave, Stewart, BC / 250-636-2166
Temptation Bakery ($)
Looking for a nice spot for breakfast? You won't be able to resist the homemade pastries and excellent coffee at Temptation Bakery.
307 5th Ave, Stewart, BC / 250-636-2777
Where to sleep ?
Stewart Bear Arts Festival
Date: August 7 to 9, 2015 (2016 dates to be confirmed)
Description: This festival raises awareness about bears and their natural habitat, bringing together artists, photographers and musicians in celebration of these magnificent animals.
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