Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)
Hiking is a great way to explore the depth of Northern British Columbia's vast wilderness, and possibly even a touch of Alaska's too.
Stewart has several marked and maintained hiking trails within a few kilometers/miles of town. Whether easy, intermediate, or advanced, Stewart's hiking routes are naturally spectacular, and some even historically significant, following old mule trails to mining sites.
Barney's Gulch Trail
One of the easier and more interesting local trails is Barney's Gulch Trail, otherwise known as the Sluice Box. This route follows the original railway bed leading out of Stewart and then climbs along a historic Sluice Box, once used by miners to channel water and search for gold. The end point offers a great view of Stewart and the Portland Canal. To get to the trailhead, drive south along Highway 37A, cross the Bear River and take the first right. Park before the bridge that leads to the local landfill and follow the signs.