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Prince Rupert
Prince 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 Pacific.

'City of Rainbows'
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.

Major Port
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.

Fishing Industry
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
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.

Cafés and Restaurants
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 and restaurants.

The Crest Hotel
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.

Hike 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.

First Nations
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.

Impressive Totem Pole
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.

Port Edward
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.

North 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.

BC 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.

Queen Charlotte Strait
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 Bella, Ocean Falls and Bella Coola.

Via Rail's 'The Skeena'
Besides 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 areas.

Prince Rupert Information and Links
Includes; Travel, Recreation, Accommodation, Places to Eat, Pubs and First Nations
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Prince Rupert Map
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Welcome to Prince Rupert Sign
Welcome to Prince Rupert

 

Dolly's Fresh Fish
Dolly's Fresh Fish

 

Cowpuccino's Coffee Shop
Cowpuccino's Coffee Shop located in Cow Bay

 

Smile's Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips

 

Totem Pole by the Hospital
Grizzly Bear Pole

 

Ferry Terminal
Ferry Terminal

 
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