Bear Aware

Bear Aware

Protect your home and your neighbourhood.

  • Lock it up -- secure your garbage and your kitchen waste in either a wildlife-resistant enclosure (e.g. garage or shed) or by using a Bear Aware™  approved wildlife resistant lock
  • Set it out -- set out your carts at the curb no later than 8:00 am on collection day (Wednesday is residential pick-up)
  • Use bear proof dumpsters -- these bear-proof dumpsters are for wet and animal attractant waste only such as garbage, food packaging with food still on/in it, sugary liquids, fruits & vegetable residue, and all edible items. Do not use any of the District’s dumpsters for recycling of empty cans, bottles, newspapers, magazines, or for rags, dry packaging, construction debris, household junk, or any trash that is not an animal attractant.

Secure your garbage!

  • Bears attracted to neighborhoods by garbage become problems for you, your neighbours (including kids!), and, eventually, for conservation officers and police.
  • It is your responsibility to keep your garbage away from bears.

Protect all of your neighbours--including bears--by keeping trash and other attractants away from bears.

Our carelessness is creating “problem bears”.
Bears have a keen sense of smell, and garbage or other food sources could easily attract a bear to your neighbourhood.  Once bears become used to eating garbage and other un-natural foods, they tend to stay close to communities where they can find easy sources of food.

Destroying Bears or Moving Them is Not The Answer
Each year, about 950 Black Bears and 50 grizzlies have to be destroyed to protect the public.

As more people — and more garbage — move into traditional bear habitat, more bears are becoming garbage-conditioned, and have to be destroyed.  It’s a terrible waste of life. It’s also costly: the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks’ Conservation Officer Service spends about $1 million a year dealing with bear/people conflicts.

Bears which are causing problems are sometimes moved, or “translocated”, especially females with cubs, grizzlies, or bears which are not yet garbage-conditioned.  About 150 bears are translocated each year, but it doesn’t always work. Bears will travel hundreds of kilometers to return to known food sources. Other bears are chased from their new surroundings by resident bears, are killed by dominant bears, or starve to death.
For more information on being Bear Aware™, visit www.bearaware.bc.ca. For more tips on Bear Safety visit the BC Parks website.

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Notice of Special Council Meeting:  Wednesday, November 25, 2020

POSTED: November 20, 2020

For more information, please see the Public Notice

Notice from BC Hydro:  Planned Outage on November 28, 2020

POSTED: November 5, 2020

For details regarding BC Hydro's planned power outage, please see the Public Notice.

Request for Proposal (RFP) for the use of the “Stewart Log Dump” and Associated Water Lots

POSTED: October 30, 2020

The District of Stewart (the District) has industrial land available for lease (part of District Lot 7318 known as the "Stewart Log Dump" lot, associated with Water Lots DL 7317 and DL 7184, collectively known as the "Lot Area"), and invites proposals for its non-exclusive use.  Please see the attached documents for more information: 

  1. RFP for DOS Log Dump & Water Lots
  2. Management Plan Guidance Document
  3. SAMPLE Dump Site Lease Agreement
  4. Q & A re Stewart RFP 20201116
  5. Amend 1 RFP for the DOS Log Dump and Water Lots

Supporting Local Businesses Through Tourism

POSTED: July 31, 2020

The District is supporting local businesses by utilizing an NDIT grant to promote Stewart tourism within BC. View BC Magazine's great feature on Stewart!

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: October 22, 2019

Take a look at this Auto Tour video produced in conjunction with Destination BC, Kermode Tourism, and the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine-displaying spectacular views of scenery near Hazelton, New Hazelton, the Nass Valley and Stewart, with Dr. Joseph Gosnell narrating:  www.stewartcassiarhighway.com 

Salmon Glacier Auto Tour Brochure

POSTED: August 23, 2019

Here is an excellent resource to accompany you on your travel to visit the spectacular Salmon Glacier - Auto Tour Brochure

Dedication of “Family Quiet Room” at the Stewart Health Centre

POSTED: July 18, 2019

BC Hydro Installation of Bird Guarding at Stewart Substation

POSTED: January 8, 2018

Please see the attached information regarding BC Hydro's recent installation of Bird Guarding at the Stewart Substation