Rupert is situated on the western end of Yellowhead Hwy 16 in British
Columbian's North Coast region. Located on the Pacific Ocean 144
km (90 miles) west of Terrace, Prince
Rupert provides the gateway to Masset
on the Haida Gwaii-Queen Charlotte Islands, Alaska and the Asia
Known as the 'City of Rainbows' Prince Rupert has very high levels
of precipitation in the form of rain. The city is situated on the
western slopes of Kaien Island facing a number of small islands
and has enough room in the harbour to serve as anchorage for shipping
cargo on oceangoing freighters.
Serving as a major port, Prince Rupert has various docking facilities
for shipping British Columbia's and Western Canada's various raw
materials to points abroad. The CN Railway operates a major terminal
at Prince Rupert delivering products from across Canada to be delivered
overseas by container using the new bulk facility.
Traditional home to the Tsimshian Nation, Prince Rupert's history
has revolved around the rich fishing grounds that surround this
remote land. There is evidence everywhere from the dockyards down
by the railroad tracks, to the canneries that still exist, to the
museums that are dedicated to fishing and the fishing industry.
Even after a large fire claimed a long standing operation, the fishing
industry is still so active that they decided to build another facility.
Cow Bay is a trendy area set up on the waterfront near the Atlin
Terminal . Here you can find cafés, gift stores, coffee shops
and gift stores. There is a nice dock area where you can watch the
large fishing boats entering and leaving the harbour. A very good
pub and restaurant located in Cow Bay is called The Breakers; it
has great food and the atmosphere is wonderful.
The biggest treat you can give yourself when you visit Prince Rupert
is to visit any one of Prince Rupert's many modest fish cafés
For more upscale surroundings, make sure you try the Crest Hotel
where the food is superb. There is also a well recommended restaurant
next to the Crest in the Chances Gaming Centre.
to Butze Rapids
If you enjoy hikes, Prince Rupert has a few nice ones that are close
by. A favourite is down at Butze Rapids. This is the area where
the tidal rapids go around Kaien Island, the island on which Prince
Rupert is located. The parking lot is located on Hwy 16 at the entrance
sign to Prince Rupert. Make sure you visit the wild action of this
natural spectacle. The hike is fairly flat and can be done quite
quickly. There has been evidence that wolves do frequent the area
and, for this reason, you should leave your dog in your car. Please
take note of any warnings posted.
If you're walking around Prince Rupert, make sure you view some
of the totem poles and Native art displayed. An area down by the
courthouse as you come in on Hwy 16 is famous for totem poles. Other
areas to see is the lookout near the hospital. Here you can view
the 'Grizzly Bear Pole' a pole that originated in the Haida village
of Yan in the Queen Charlotte Islands.
Another impressive totem pole is down at the terminal for Alaska
Marine Highway and, also, where you catch the ferry to the Queen
Charlotte Islands-Haida Gwaii. Both are beautiful pieces of Native
art, rich in the proud heritage that surrounds this land.
If you have rented a car or have transportation a place to visit
is a museum at Port Edward called
the North Pacific Historic Fishing Village. Port Edward is a small
community located 15 km (9.4 miles) south of Prince Rupert towards
Terrace on Hwy 16. This historic settlement was once home to the
hundreds of canneries during the early 1900's.
Pacific Historic Fishing Village
Now little is left except a Point of Interest sign and the museum
cannery located at the entrance to the Skeena River about 5 km (3
miles) south of Port Edward. The North Pacific Historic Fishing
Village is well worth this drive. It is generally only open during
the summer months but if you're there off season, make sure you
take this drive because the scenery is beautiful.
Ferries Inside Passage
For a real scenic trip along the ocean, another way to Prince Rupert
is to take the BC Ferries Inside Passage route. This amazing route
originates at Port
Hardy on the northern tip of Vancouver Island.
The route encompasses crossing Queen Charlotte Strait and travelling
the narrow Inside Passage of British Columbia passing hundreds of
islands and countless fjords. There are a few different options
for the Inside Passage, with some routes stopping at the small coastal
communities of Bella
Falls and Bella
Rail's 'The Skeena'
travelling to Prince Rupert overland using a car, there is also
the scenic rail trip 'The Skeena.' Originating in Jasper, Alberta,
Via Rail's 'The Skeena' travels along the CN railway's line to Prince
Rupert. You will travel from the Rocky Mountains, across British
Columbia's Interior Plateau, through various mountain ranges along
the Bulkley River eventually meeting up with the Skeena River at
Hazelton. 'The Skeena' then follows the
Skeena River through Terrace all the way to Prince Rupert. This
is a very relaxing way to enjoy one of British Columbia's most scenic
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