There are very few places that I have not visited in northern BC, but Stewart was one of them — which is why I was super excited to travel up Highway 37 with my colleague, Simon Ratcliffe, and spend a couple days trekking the area!
One of my favourite treks was at Salmon Glacier. This is a must-stop for everyone! The size of the glacier is unbelievable; it is one of the largest glaciers in North America. It truly does make you feel small when standing next to it...
Another incredible experience was visiting the Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site. The viewing boardwalk, just outside the nearby community of Hyder Alaska, is a popular stop for visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of grizzly and black bears in their natural habitat. We thought we would be too early to the site; bears frequent mid-July through early September, following the arrival of the salmon. We were absolutely thrilled when – while trekking – a large grizzly arrived and walked the length of the boardwalk! He got his salmon and we got footage of him on the Google Trekker. What an exciting moment!
While in Stewart we stayed at the Rainey Creek Campground, an excellent site nestled in the trees. Right next to the campground is the Rainy Creek Trail, which I highly recommend to anyone looking for trek close to town.
The trekking in Stewart was a success and another great northern British Columbia experience!
Click here for more information on the community of Stewart and planning your own adventure on the Stewart-Cassiar Highway.