Stikine River

British Columbia, Canada

This river was once the home of many Sternwheelers, during the Klondike gold rush days. How they went up this river I don't know. It is a white rapid nightmare.
This river enters what is known as the Cassiar District.
It was written by others this river was 100 miles of Yosemite!
Over 100 glaciers were visible from the river.
The “Grand Canyon” of the Stikine is about 100 miles upriver from Wrangel. The Stikine River Canyon at Telegraph Creek is something to see in person.
The canyons walls on this river, rise 300 to 500 feet on each side. Videos on youtube show unbelievable views, from Helicopters flying the river.

River was closed to boats from November to May 1st due to ice.

some of the Canadian Villages and Towns I have researched a little bit, and added some history on this site are:

The mouth of this river is now in American Territory. But the headwaters are in Canada.
The boundary line of this river was in dispute for years at the end of the 1800's.

This river has many spellings, Stickeen, Stitsine, and even Francis River, and more.

Sternwheelers would leave Wrangle Alaska.

ca 1898 they charged $15 per passenger from Wrangel to Glenora, $30 ea per horse, and or cattle, and $50 per ton for freight

In 1912 the HBC operated the Port Simpson sternwheeler on this river the 150 miles to Telegraph Creek from Wrangel.
They charged $17.50 for a one way first class trip, for 36 passengers. Return was $25, a $1 extra per day for a berth. Meals were .75 ea.
Trip upstream lasted 2 1/2 days. downstream 1/2 a day.
Port Simpson could carry 120 tons of freight. electric light throughout, first class cabins, bathrooms and all.


  • Last modified: 2018/02/18 19:32
  • by dlgent