Alaska October 05, 2017
This Tiny Town In Alaska Is Like Nowhere Else On Earth
Hyder, Alaska is a village that is tucked in the forest along the Alaska-Canadian border. This tiny place is isolated from the rest of Alaska by the vast Tongass National Forest. In this crazy town, they celebrate all the holidays both American and Canadian and you’re sure to have an excellent time. The residents depend on Canadian services for most of their needs, but they still hold onto to their Alaskan pride and wave the U.S. flag. Head to Hyder in the extreme corner of Alaska for an extreme adventure.
Hyder lies on just 14.8 square miles of land, separated from the next closest Alaskan town, Ketchikan, by 75 miles of forested islands and ocean. At the last census, 87 proud Alaskans live there.
Lying at the most extreme point on the southeast panhandle, Hyder is both Alaska's southernmost and easternmost town. They accept both American and Canadian money.
The only road out of town leads two miles down to nearby Stewart, British Columbia. There are no American controls at the border, but there is a Canadian border station about 100 yards from Hyder.
Hyder may be technically on American soil, but Hyder has a Canadian area code for phone calls, they use Canadian utilities, use Stewart's emergency services, and and use Pacific Time instead of the Alaska Time Zone.
The Alaska Marine Highway ferry ran from Hyder to Ketchikan for years, but was cancelled in the 1990s. Hyder is now only accessible to the rest of Alaska by floatplane or private boat.
Hyder had it's own fire station, but organizers accidentally burned down the fire hall with the fire engine inside during a 4th of July American Independence Day fireworks celebration.
Currently, the only publicly available transportation is the Taquan Air floatplane that arrives twice a week with U.S. Mail at the Hyder Seaplane Base.
Alaska State Troopers have jurisdiction, but there are no officers permanently stationed in the town. Residents are permitted to openly carry weapons in this wild place in the last frontier.
Hyder is a magically beautiful town. The lagoon off the main road is an oasis for watching wildlife from birds to beavers and muskrats, and the occasional bear.
Wildlife viewing opportunities are endless in the area. The Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site is a day-use recreation area in the Salmon River valley with information about local plants and animals.
Look for nesting Canada geese, harlequin ducks, common mergansers, mink, beaver, bald eagles, and the occasional wolf. Also look for brown and black bears feeding on salmon from mid-July through early September.
The town is also the location of the annual Hyder Seek, a gathering of long-distance motorcyclists who travel from all over North America every Memorial Day weekend.
Riders can ride through the Lower 48 states and add Alaska by heading to Hyder. This is known as the "48 Plus."
If you go, be prepared to be become "Hyderized." Two of the town's bars issue certificates to patrons if they drink a shot of 151 proof alcohol.
It is a popular trick for travelers to pop into Hyder to check Alaska off their list without driving the full Alaska-Canadian Highway. Visit the wilderness town of Hyder on the edge of Alaska and you'll agree it's worth the journey.
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