Just outside the small British Columbia town of Stewart you pass through the Alaskan border town of Hyder. Both are small, turn of the century fishing and logging villages with tons of character and history. Of course the scenery is just spectacular with glaciers, waterfalls, rugged mountains and the ocean.
Travel a few miles down a well-maintained gravel road and you will find Fish Creek and the Fish Creek Alaskan Brown Grizzly viewing platforms. The Alaskan Forestry Service operates the viewing area.
It is very well organized and laid out perfectly for safely viewing these bears as they feed on migrating salmon spawning in the river. The platforms also offer some degree of privacy for the feeding bears preventing them from becoming acclimatized to human interaction. There is a small entrance fee for the area. During the salmon spawn on Fish Creek you are almost guaranteed to see these magnificent animals stalk and catch salmon. However, depending on the salmon numbers, you may have to wait a few hours patiently visiting the numerous visitors until the bears come along. If you’re lucky you may see a wolf or two hunting these salmon. Best times for viewing are early in the morning and evenings before dark.
The whole trip to Stewart and the visit to Fish Creek are well worth the extra drive.
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