Hyder is as rugged and organic as an Alaskan town can get.
Known for not having property taxes or police services, those that live in Hyder are reliant on only themselves in the immense wilderness that only Alaska can provide. Nestled between two Canadian borders, Hyder leans on its neighbouring town of Stewart in British Columbia for its services, utilities, and groceries. When you fly into the jet charter airport in Hyder, don’t forget to bring your passport so you can spend some time in Stewart too.
Every July 1st, Canadians cross the border into Hyder and celebrate Canada Day right up until the fourth of July, making their celebrations one of interdependence instead of independence. During this celebrations, pet and ugly car parades take place, making Hyder a fun place to visit.
The town of Hyder welcomes approximately 100,000 visitors each year. If you’re planning on heading this way, it’s wise to consult a guide. Almost every visitor has had an experience with the local wildlife, like a black bear or grizzly. Thankfully there are very few fatal encounters.
The views from Hyder border on almost unbelievable. From snow-capped peaks and glaciers that can take on a blue hue under the rays of the sun to long stretches of green hues, the scenery is stunning and worth seeing at least once in life. It’s also incredibly peaceful. The only sounds you can hear are from the howling wolves, the occasional tumbling boulder or a random shot from a rifle.
It’s not unusual to see a wolf or two, a pair of bears, or the occasional moose in the town of Hyder, where wildlife reigns supreme.