Hyder Travel Guide

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Hyder Overview

The Alaskan Hyder calls itself The friendliest ghost town in Alaska.
Although it belonging to Alaska, you can only reach Hyder by road (a stunning view awaits you along the way!) via Canada. From Alaska you can only het there than by private boat by or by the float plane that that drops off the mail twice a week.
All of this makes Hyder being more Canadian than American. Health service used is the Canadian one. Shops in Hyder have prices in Canadian dollars (except for the post office, which is an official US service and has to use USD). They have Canadian electricity, Canadian holidays, the Canadian telephone areacode. They also use the British Columbian timezone instead of the Alaskan one (which is 1 hour back) - again the exception here is the post ofice which has to operate in US time.

Most people come through Hyder on their way from Stewart (Canada) to visit Salmon glacier.
When passing through Hyder you'll come across Fish Creek, where you can watch bears fish for salmon from a safe distance on the wooden viewing platforms.

When driving into Hyder there is no border control. Driving back though you'll be stopped by Canadian officials who will check your papers, so make sure you have those with you when going over to see the bears or the glacier. Be careful if you have a single entry visa for Canada, as the entry frm Hyder into Stewart will be seen as an extra entry and you might find yourself stuck in Hyder while waiting for a new visa. The border is closed from midnight to 8 a.m. by a locked gate, s make sure you're out in time.