We're at the very early stages of planning a return trip to Stewart, British Columbia, CANADA to the remote filming location of THE THING to celebrate the movie's 40th anniversary in 2022. This location can be accessed by flying into the
city of Vancouver, British Columbia, from there catching a second flight north
to the small city of Terrace. From there it is a 4 hour drive up to the town of
Stewart which sits on the Alaska border across from Hyder. Fans can stay at the
Sealaska Inn in Hyder, where many of the cast and crew including
Carpenter and Russell spent the cold nights getting "Hyderized". The site itself
"Outpost #31 Ground Zero" is only a 45 min. drive north of town up Salmon
Glacier Road, which is the old Granduc mining road, now nothing more than a dirt
trail carved into the mountainside. Here can be found the scattered and burned
ruins of Outpost #31, including large existing remains of the Norwegian
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We visited the site in the summer of 2003, 21 years after
the filming, and found remains of the camp still there as well as wreckage of
the Norwegian helicopter. The location is just incredible, high in the mountains
of northern B.C. and the trip up there is an adventure in itself. The scenery
and views are awe inspiring - towering mountain peaks, glaciers that go on for
miles and miles, and thick forest. The filming location is just past the Salmon
Glacier lookout which is known as Canada's Grand Canyon. Here the filmmakers
constructed a mock Antarctic research station and the surrounding mountains and
glaciers did a fantastic job of creating a perfect South Pole setting once
winter's heavy snowfall set in. The towns of Stewart and Hyder are small,
remote, and isolated but are scenic and full of charm...the ultimate escape. In
searching for THE THING's filming location we also found an incredible spot for
an unbeatable northern vacation. This was a very memorable trip, one of my favorites, and
I look forward to returning. I know I will be back more than once...
A great shot taken on the August 2003 trip showing the familiar mountain ranges
seen behind the camp.
Finding the Norwegian chopper remains and standing at the site of Outpost #31...
Google Earth image showing Stewart, B.C. and Outpost #31 site
Google Earth image showing the Outpost site and Salmon Glacier
August 2017/2022 (35/40th Anniversary)
The main question regarding this trip is
finances. How much is it going to cost? That depends where you are starting
from, you may or may not have as far to go... Regardless this is what you
-Airfare to Vancouver, B.C., Canada
-Airfare from Vancouver to Terrace, B.C. (Hawk Air)
-Vehicle rental in Terrace for 2-3 days (we plan to all go in together on 2-3
-2 nights accommodations at Sealaska Inn in Hyder, Alaska
-Return airfare from Terrace to Vancouver
-Airfare from Vancouver back home
-Food, drink, misc. expenses, traveling cash, etc. for the duration of your trip
NOTE: If you are traveling from within
Canada you will need a valid Passport to enter the UNITED STATES at Hyder,
Alaska to get up to the filming location site. The Outpost #31 site itself lies
in B.C. on Canadian soil but it is only accessible by traveling through Alaska
Anyone is welcome in joining us on this adventure
up to the remote and stunningly beautiful filming location of THE THING in
northern British Columbia, Canada.
Salmon Glacier as it looked on June 7th, 2008. Much reduced in
size from when we were there in 2003. Thanks to Will McCready for the photo.
STEWART & HYDER LINKS
Stewart Weather @ The Weather Network
Stewart, B.C.'s Official Website
Stewart and Hyder Info & Pics
Stewart/Hyder Tourism & Info
Stewart and Hyder photo album
Hawk Air - Vancouver to Terrace flights
Sealaska Inn Motel in Hyder which the cast/crew used as their
nightly watering hole getting Hyderized!!
Stewart Museum: (250) 636-2568
Stewart Guest House Accommodations in the town of Stewart.
"We found something in the ice..."