Parks, Sport Fields & Trails

Parks, Sport Fields & Trails

Stewart is located in an area of stunning scenery which can be enjoyed and appreciated from a variety of hiking trails in and around the town.  Here is a link to view access & description of trails:  Recreational Opportunities
 as well as some additional info for planning your trip to our region:  Hiking & Camping Information
 

Salmon Glacier Auto Tour

This is a spectacular must-see during your trip to Stewart!  A 40km road winds through some of the most beautiful and rugged terrain in the world and the eventual destination of the Salmon Glacier is simply breathtaking.  The Auto Tour Brochure provides historic and statistical information regarding the points of interest along the way.  Plan your daytrip utilizing this exclusive guide - and you won't want to forget your camera!

Rainey Creek Municipal Playground

Located about 400m past the Info Centre on 5th Avenue, turn right into the parking area for the park.  There is various playground equipment for kids of all ages, picnic tables, fire pit and gazebo in this beautiful setting next to the Rainey Creek. 

Have a look at this short video of geese and goslings swimming on the Creek right beside the park:

The Rainey Creek Trail



Goes around the town of Stewart, just above the marsh. It ends up by the ski-hill. One can continue across the highway and along the Bear River, or return back through the town.

The trail has a beautiful view of the pond and surrounding mountains. No elevation. Some places are rough and it can be quite wet, so be prepared to go through the water and get your feet wet. Beware of bears as they frequent this trail.

Be sure to keep your camera handy, as this enchanted area is home to a variety of wildlife and waterfowl - even Salmon!  Here is video of them spawning in the Rainey Creek along the trail in mid-November:

Directions:
From the highway turn right on the 8th Avenue and go all the way to the Rainey Creek campground. The trail starts on the right by the tennis courts. The first fork turn left, after that there is only one trail.

The Ore Mountain Trail

Starts from the Clements Lake Forest Service Recreation Site on Hwy 37A, and climbs steeply up Ore Mountain to alpine viewpoints overlooking the Bear Valley. The trail is only 11 km return, but with difficult sections where a great deal of elevation is gained. The first 4 km trail leads to a viewpoint overlooking the Bear River Valley, but has a lot of deadfall on it. There are many unmaintained sections where overgrown bush and fallen trees are present. A rough, unmarked route continues past the tree line to the alpine where the trail terminates at an alpine lake.

Directions:
Drive North from Stewart along Highway 37A for approximately 13 km. After crossing the Bitter Creek bridge take the first right. Turn left at the first junction and follow the road, keeping to the right for another kilometer. Park at the Clements Lake Recreation Site, (great place to camp here) and follow the old road for 300 m to the trailhead.

Salmon Glacier Viewpoint



The Granduc Mine road to the glacier starts in Hyder, Alaska at sea level and follows the Salmon River to the Salmon Glacier at 4,300 ft. up in the alpine. The road goes by several old gold mines which have been operating since the 1920s. Three miles past Hyder is Fish Creek, where from July to September, the salmon run provides an extensive food supply for bears, gulls and bald eagles. The observation deck provides a unique opportunity to view and photograph grizzlies and black bears.

The parking lot is high above the glacier. The trail is across the road and winds through meadows to rocks and another glacier. You will have spectacular views of mountains, alpine meadows, wildflowers, and the large T-shaped glacier which forms the headwaters of the Salmon River.

The small glacier on top of the ridge is fairly safe to cross, as long as you stay to the left side, avoiding the crevassed area on the steeper slope. The next valley has more lakes and views to several more glaciers on the next mountain range.

Directions:
Drive to Stewart, BC and cross the Alaska border into Hyder (no customs). Continue past Fish Creek Observation deck on the mine road climbing up to the parking area overlooking Salmon Glacier. About 22km from Stewart.
Cross the road and follow the paths heading uphill. Several paths can be seen at first but they eventually join up to form one path heading to the top of the rocks for a great view.

The Sluice Box Trail


Is a moderate trail with some difficult parts (steep climbing). The elevation is about 400 meters. On the top it has two branches. The right one will lead you to the picnic area with a beautiful view of the valley and the Portland Canal. The left one was brushed off this year and will take you to the amazing waterfall and a little bench.

Directions:
From highway heading into Stewart turn left just before the bridge over the Bear River.  If travelling from town, turn right after crossing Bear River Bridge (travel on same road that leads to landfill).   Park on the left before the other bridge over the creek. Cross the creek and turn left onto the pass. The trail head will be just around the corner.

Tree Canada

The District of Stewart is grateful for the support of BC Hydro & Tree Canada for providing the rescources to plant and care for trees in various parks within our community; accentuating  the beauty of our surroundings.  To thank them for their support or to make a donation go to their website located at:  www.treecanada.ca

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