City of Rainbows

welcome to Prince Rupert BC
Prince Rupert, with a population of around 16,000, is situated on the North Coast of British Columbia, 65 miles south of Ketchikan Alaska. Prince Rupert is easily accessible by BC Ferries, The Alaska Marine Highway System, VIA Rail, road and ferry from Vancouver Island or via the Yellowhead Highway 16 from Prince George.

Regular air service is available to the area and points beyond. The nearby Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), are accessible via air or ferry from Prince Rupert.

Cruise ships arrive at the Northland Terminal in downtown Prince Rupert on the way to and from Alaska where there is a small customs and immigration center and a visitor's center, coffee shops and cafés. Cow Bay, a unique collection of cow coloured shops and restaurants on the waterfront, is a 10-minute walk away and the downtown area of Prince Rupert is about the same distance up the hill from the dock area. Most grocery and supply stores are open seven days a week.

BC FerriesCar rental agencies and tour buses are available on the pier for those taking pre-arranged tours. A city bus system can take you for rides around the city. During the summer months you can rent a scooter at the dock. Bicycle rentals are also available.

Prince Rupert is an ideal choice for a family vacation, a corporate retreat, a unique honeymoon destination, or a solo getaway.

Located on Kaien Island, at the mouth of the Skeena River, Prince Rupert has one of the world's largest ice-free deep-water terminals.

downtown Prince RupertPrince Rupert has a variety of accommodation, restaurants and outdoor camping facilities. The local golf course is excellent. Excellent sport fishing, crabbing and prawning is world class. Fishing charters, whale watching adventure tours, exceptional wildlife viewing such as bald eagles, humpbacked whales and the white Kemode bear.

Sea kayak rentals and harbour tours are all available. Top-notch attractions are within easy access to the city. See Canada's only Grizzly Bear Sanctuary. Because of the mist from the ocean, double and triple rainbows that span the horizon are common.

Bald EaglePrince Rupert is also the cultural centre of the Tsimshian speaking First Nations people and has a history as one of the oldest continuously occupied regions in the world.

The Museum of Northern BC, in the Chatham Village Longhouse, with its extensive display of archeological artifacts, tells the story of the 10,000 year old history of the Haida, Tsimishian, Tlingit and Nisga'a cultures. The Prince Rupert area was at one time, one of the most densely populated areas north of Mexico.

The fascinating marine history of Prince Rupert is honored at Pacific Mariners Memorial Park.

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