Hyder Bear Walk

We had been told by friends that the “Hyder Bear Walk” was a must see on our Alaska journey, so we set out to cross the border again between Stewart BC and and Hyder, AK. It was a sunny afternoon on our way to Hyder along Route 37A and we saw 11 bears roadside (sadly one was a casualty). Our closest encounter was this guy who was so absorbed in chowing down that he scarcely gave us a glance…

Roadside bear on the road to Hyder

Roadside bear on the road to Hyder.

The following day was one of constant rain – a not unusual circumstance in these parts.  We were a little late for bear breakfast, arriving at midday (the bears like to dine between 6 am and 10 am). Nevertheless we saw much evidence for an all-you-can-eat salmon breakfast buffet. One little cub straggled and so we got our bear fix. He either slept in, or was purposely arrived late to avoid conflicts with the bigger bears…

Cub at Hyder

Cub at Hyder. He worked his way along the bank of the stream, browsing on foliage and checking for unwary salmon.

Hyder cub checking for salmon

Hyder cub checking for salmon in Fish Creek on a rainy day.

The bear walk is constructed along the Fish River, which is a really appropriate name. There is a distinct odor of salmon for obvious reasons.

Gulls at Hyder

Gulls at Hyder picking at the salmon remains left by the bears.

Bears often take a bite and then grab another fish - a real boon to the "clean up crew"!

We were pretty amazed that there weren't more gulls and scavengers, given the amount of food to be had.

With around 16 FEET (!) of rain per year, this is a very common sight along the Bear Walk.

Visible from the Hyder Bear Walk, this beautiful lagoon was actually man made - an accidental feature created when the road was built. Nevertheless, it provides an excellent habitat for salmon fry and the predators that feed on them.

Hyder Bear Walk interpretive sign describing area formation.

Another day in the rain – yet to be expected – since this region of the continent can often get sixteen feet of rain per year. Wow.

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