Community Profile

Community Profile

Welcome to Stewart

North America’s Most Northern Ice Free Port

Situated across from Alaska's Misty Fiords National Park and at the end of the Portland Canal, Stewart, BC is a unique border town attracting tourists from every corner of the world.

Stewart was established in 1905 and named after the Stewart brothers who were early prospectors in the area.  Stewart's boom happened in 1910 with the illusions of gold, furs and riches. during the depression, Stewart lost it's vitality and the population dropped.



In the early 1900's, steamships transported passengers and goods into Stewart long before there were any roads.  The railway was the only other means of transportation that was used. In 1906, the HMS Discovery from Seattle brought the first gold rush pioneers into Stewart. To explore the history of Stewart further, visit the Stewart Museum.



The Premier Mine opened in the 1920's and was the largest gold mine in North America until its closure in 1952. Highway 37A was built in the 1950's with the Nass River Bridge being built in 1972.  These major accomplishments brought in the tourist industry as well as several logging operations.



Development began on the Granduc Mine in the 1960's and it opened in 1969 which saw the population grow to 1500.  After 9 years of producing copper ore, the mine shut down in 1978 due to low copper prices. Canada Wide Mines then took over and saw another boom.



Westmin Mines started operations on the old Silback - Premier property. A Mill was built and open pit mining and an underground mining operation began in March of 1989. Westmin entered into a joint venture with Tenejon in 1991 and then undertook its underground operation at Premier once again until April 1996. At this time Westmin was closed due to lack of reserves. 
The years following were spent proving up the reserves but too little too late as the price of gold fell dramatically.

The economy of Stewart is supported by a varied range of industries including logging, mining and mining exploration and is destined to become a major port for distribution of ore and logs.  Stewart offers a paved highway to major transportation routes, salt water port which supports a barge terminal and bulk commodity loader.  The Portland Canal is a mere 80-90 miles from the Pacific Ocean allowing ore and log ships to come from all over the world.  Stewart also possesses an excessive amount of hydro power available for industrial use.

If you are looking for a beautiful destination with fishing, wildlife, hiking and breathtaking scenery, Stewart welcomes you!

UBCM-2016

POSTED: October 13, 2016 | Mayors Blog

The 2016 Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention is focused on the theme “Stronger Together”. Standing together, from far and wide, each region still stands together. Each region has something unique to contribute to the growth and prosperity of BC and is integral to the success of this province.

Water quality

POSTED: September 5, 2016 | Mayors Blog

Lately the District of Stewart has issued few times a boil water advisory.  It's strictly a precautionary measure due power outage. Without power  water pressure at our pump declined below established level. A loss in pressure can result in contamination entering the drinking water distribution system from surrounding soil and groundwater. 
To address the issue Council approve the purchase of new generator for new pump 4, to make sure that water pressure will be rebounded to acceptable levels for the remainder of the outage.  Also, Council approved a purchase of a drinking water quality test kit. 
District of Stewart drinking water undergoes  quality tests monthly to ensure that our citizens are provided with clean and safe water. People of Stewart can take pride in their drinking water - it continually meets  quality standards set out in the BC Drinking Water Protection Act and the Canadian Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality. Detailed water quality reports are available in the District office.

Stewart - the Best Town for Nature Lovers

POSTED: July 7, 2014 | Kids Blog

If you enjoy fresh air, hiking and wild life photography, see why this Bear Valley School student thinks you'll love Stewart!  => read essay

STEWART HAS THE BEST SOIL FOR GARDENING

POSTED: March 3, 2014 | Kids Blog

Read this essay from Lane Hyslop to understand why the soil in Stewart is great for gardeners!

Spring Clean Up Week

POSTED: April 21, 2017

The annual Spring Clean-up Week will be May 8 - 12!
Please see the attached public notice for all of the details

2017-2021 Five Year Financial Plan

POSTED: April 21, 2017

The District of Stewart Council invites public comment on Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 908, 2017.
For more information click on this link:  Public Notice

Special Event Insurance in Municipal Owned Buildings and Parks

POSTED: April 13, 2017

If you are planning an event in a municipal owned building or park and require insurance, for your convenience the District has attached a link for easy access to quotes and payment: CLICK HERE

Public Comments on Rural Education in Stewart

POSTED: February 3, 2017

On February 6, 2017 there will be an Open House in Terrace hosted by Parliamentary Secretary Linda Larson who is seeking feedback from British Columbians on the challenges & opportunities facing rural school districts and communities.
Please visit the Rural Education Website and submit comments.
For more information, please see the District of Stewart's Open Letter on Rural Education.

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: December 20, 2016

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 2, 2016

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