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

A Public Health Approach to Non-Medical Cannabis

POSTED: September 21, 2018 | Mayors Blog

As District of Stewart Council will adopt few by-laws at the coming meeting, I want to share with citizens the letter from the Northern Health. I feel that this is a very important matter for many people, living in Stewart and Council should consider Health Authorities recommendations.

Multiple sectors of society, and all levels of government, have roles to play in a comprehensive public health approach to cannabis legalization. Local governments, in particular, can adopt regulations aimed at reducing youth exposure to non-medical cannabis, high-risk use in general (e.g., heavy or frequent use, use with other substances), and unwanted exposure to second-hand cannabis smoke and vapour. Local governments can also support increasing public knowledge and awareness, to support risk reduction and destigmatization, without normalization or promotion. Local U]dS`\[S\bal Xc`WaRWQbW]\ W\ h]\W\U' ZO\R caS' PcaW\Saa ZWQS\aW\U' PcWZRW\U Q]RSa' \cWaO\QS by-laws, and enforcement, as well as their ability to advocate to higher levels of government, can all be leveraged to promote a public health approach to cannabis.4 Some specific areas of best practice5 where local governments can support a public health approach include: 

A Public Health Approach to Non-Medical Cannabis

POSTED: September 21, 2018 | Mayors Blog

As District of Stewart Council will adopt few by-laws at the coming meeting, I want to share with citizens the letter from the Northern Health. I feel that this is a very important matter for many people, living in Stewart and Council should consider Health Authorities recommendations.

Multiple sectors of society, and all levels of government, have roles to play in a comprehensive public health approach to cannabis legalization. Local governments, in particular, can adopt regulations aimed at reducing youth exposure to non-medical cannabis, high-risk use in general (e.g., heavy or frequent use, use with other substances), and unwanted exposure to second-hand cannabis smoke and vapour. Local governments can also support increasing public knowledge and awareness, to support risk reduction and destigmatization, without normalization or promotion. Local U]dS`\[S\bal Xc`WaRWQbW]\ W\ h]\W\U' ZO\R caS' PcaW\Saa ZWQS\aW\U' PcWZRW\U Q]RSa' \cWaO\QS by-laws, and enforcement, as well as their ability to advocate to higher levels of government, can all be leveraged to promote a public health approach to cannabis.4 Some specific areas of best practice5 where local governments can support a public health approach include: 

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!

Request for Proposal:  Website Design

POSTED: October 17, 2018

The Regional District of Kitimat Stikine is soliciting proposals to create a captivating, user-friendly website that showcases tourism opportunities of the region.  For more information click on this link:  RDKS Request for Proposals

Public & Technical Advisory Committee:  Solid Waste Management Plan

POSTED: October 12, 2018

The Regional District of Kitimat Stikine is providing an opportunity for the public to participate in this committee - for more information see the attachment.

Provincial State of Emergency Declared

POSTED: August 15, 2018

Please see the News Release from the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General-Emergency Management BC regarding the Province's response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

2018 Christmas Card Competition

POSTED: October 23, 2018

Calling all local artists and photographers!  You are invited to participate by submitting your original artwork or photograph to the District office by 4:30pm on Friday, November 9th.
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