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Stewart, British Columbia

August 20, 2009

Stewart, British Columbia and Hyder, Alaska are on a spur of the Cassiar Highway, at the head of Portland Canal, a narrow saltwater fjord approximately 90 miles long. The fjord forms a natural boundary between Alaska and Canada. Stewart has a deep harbour and boasts of being Canada's most northerly ice-free port. Stewart served as the center for Canadian mining activity, Mining ceased in 1956 with the exception of the Granduc copper mine which operated until 1984. Today the economy is driven by forestry, mining and tourism.
sign - welcome to Stewart
Steward letters and flag in the grass
Below: The campground in Stewart - Bear River RV Park - the paperwork given to the two RV Gypsies asked that they do not walk around the park after dark because of bears and wolves.
campground office
sign - at entrance to campground
signs on the wall of the campground office
sign on wall in campground office
sign on wall in campground office
The new yard of the two RV Gypsies
the new yard of the two RV Gypsies
the new yard of the two RV Gypsies
Park rules - no washing vehicles in park, no clotheslines, no food, utensils, grills and such are NOT to be left outdoors at night. Report all bear sightings to park staff, walking in the park after dark not recommended as bears & wolves do visit, no fireworks. The park had clean washrooms open 24 hours, coin operated showers - one Canadian dollar for 4 minutes, - NO laundry. There was a pay phone on the outside deck of the office. There was cable TV. No Wi-Fi. Stewart, British Columbia is very close to the Alaska border and the city of Hyder.
a flower in the campground
The two RV Gypsies and their new RV friends, Doug and Renee took a short walk. Just outside the campground, they found a free driving range, with golf balls and clubs just sitting there waiting to be used. NEAT! The signs were not in good condition, but it is such a great thing for volunteers in a community to offer this opportunity to people.
driving range
sign - Mt. Rainey driving range
sign - at the driving range
Lee Duquette at the driving range
Lee Duquette at the driving range
Lee Duquette at the driving range
New RV friends - Renee and Doug from Torrence, California
Renee and Doug from Torrence, California
Renee and Doug from Torrence, California
New RV friends - Naomi and Fred from Louisiana
Naomi and Fred from Louisiana
Lee Duquette's self portrait!
Karen Duquette
scary stuff!
Karen Duquette

RV friends, having fun in the campground in the evening. Hopefully everyone will keep in touch through the years.

Naomi, Renee, Karen
Lee, Doug, Fred
Things in the city of Stewart
think metric sign
butt bucket
painting on a building

Stewart has six motion pictures to its credit, making it the Movie Capital of the north. These movies include:
- Bear Island, starring Donald Sutherland, Lloyd Bridges and Vanessa Redgrave - 1979
- The Thing, starring Kurt Russell, 1982
- Iceman, starring Timothy Hutton and John Lone, 1984
- Leaving Normal, starring Meg Tilly, Christine Lahti and Barbara Russell, 1992
- Insomnia, starring Robin Williams, Al Pacino and Hilary Swank, 2002
- Eight below, starring Paul Walker, 2005.

go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesDriving through British Columbia - Smithers, Burns Lake, Vanderhoof and Prince George