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Hyder/Stewart - Last Chance for Bears

posted Aug 25, 2012, 3:57 PM by Michael Schwarz   [ updated Jul 10, 2016, 2:05 AM ]
South down the Cassiar Highway in British Columbia and west for 35 miles you'll reach the little down of Stewart.  Go another mile thru town and you cross back into Alaska to Hyder.  Sorry, no pictures of town but people come here to see the bears feeding on salmon that have come upstream to spawn.  Unfortunately we were late for the 1st spawning and a little early for the late spawning.  We did, however, get to see some bears.  Always a favorite activity.

The bear viewing is at the National Park a few miles outside of Hyder on wooden walkways overlooking the stream.  The water is very shallow and clear.  Ahhh, a sighting.

You can see masses of salmon in the water.  They change color as they come upstream to spawn.  The farther they come the worse they taste, to people. Bears love them because of the high fat content, especially the skin.

Not much going on for bear viewing today. Behind the platform is this pretty little lagoon.

No bears at the stream today but still gotta watch out.  This one was crossing the road in front of the car.

Ok, there aew also a couple of nice glaciers in Hyder.  We took a nice drive down a lovely 30 mile dirt road.

It was a cloudy day but we could still see the toe of Salmon Glacier

Clouds lifted so we could see more

and more

and more.  This is one long glacier.

The road was also steep and narrow. But notice the lovely log guardrail.

Back to the viewing platform.  Momma and her cub.

Mom, I'm hungry (make me a sandwich)!!

The fish are so thick in the water even cubs can catch them

Got it and it's a big one (cancel the sandwich).

Time to go.  Even bears like to cross the stream the easy way.
Hey, where's momma??

Eagles are waiting to eat salmon that the bears leave behind

One of the worst kept secrets in town is that there are always bears to watch, you just have to know where to find them. 


Locals dump their trash and light it on fire so the bears can't get it.  It doesn't even slow them down.

We saw 3 adults and 3 cubs.

This house was also dumped at the dump.  Auntie Em, Auntie Em. Are you OK??

Back to the viewing platform.

It smells lovely. There is pieces of rotting fish all over the bank.

Got one!!

Ahh, it got away. See it splash away?

And as always . . . Cocktails await.