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!

November is Adoption Awareness Month

POSTED: November 15, 2018

At the November 13, 2018 Regular Council meeting, Council made a motion to join the Province in proclaiming November as Adoption Awareness Month.

Water Quality Advisory

POSTED: November 14, 2018

There have been reports from residents (Nov 14 2018) experiencing brown or discoloured water in the community.  If your household is experiencing this issue, please allow your cold water tap to run until the water clears.  Additionally, please see the attached Water Quality Advisory notice (still in effect) with information and recommendations.  

Call for Nominations:  Board of Variance

POSTED: November 13, 2018

The District of Stewart is looking for interested people to sit on its Board of Variance.  This board is appointed by Council for a term of 3 years.  The board meets only when needed and fulfils the duties as per Bylaw #881, 2014 and according to the Local Government Act, Sec. 899.  Please see the attached notice for more information.

2018 Christmas Card Competition-DEADLINE EXTENDED

POSTED: October 23, 2018

For those that were hoping to submit an entry, GOOD NEWS - the deadline has been extended until Monday, November 19 at 4:30pm. So, all of you local artists and photographers still have time to participate by submitting your original artwork or photograph to the District office.
For more details, please read the Christmas Card Competition link.

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: February 21, 2018

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: February 21, 2018

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

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