Canada plans to allow overnight travel at Stewart crossing

The border between Hyder, Alaska, and Stewart, British Columbia, will open to overnight travelers as part of a pilot program planned by the Canada Border Services Agency.

The agency released some details Thursday on plans recently outlined to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and local officials.

Travelers would use a telephone reporting system to gain entry into Canada at Stewart. An agency media representative couldn’t immediately provide details on how the system would work.

The agency said it was refining the logistics of a plan that will help enable the free-flow of legitimate goods and services while ensuring Canadians’ security. The plan is expected to take effect June 22.

The crossing was closed from midnight to 8 a.m. last month, giving rise to concerns from residents. Allowances were made for emergencies.