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Prince Rupert

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Prince Rupert [34] is a small port city on the northwest coast of British Columbia, Canada. The population of 13,000 people is about half First Nations (native Canadian) people. The Tsimshian Nation is the indigenous First Nations in the Prince Rupert area. Prince Rupert holds the title of rainiest city in Canada, with about 2500 mm of precipitation annually. That's more than double the notoriously rainy Vancouver. Bring good rain gear.


Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Aerial View of Prince Rupert
Digby Island Ferry
  • Prince Rupert Airport (IATA: YPR ICAO: CYPR WMO: 71022), Digby Island (board shuttle at Highlander Plaza Hotel (815 - 1st Avenue West) and take bus and ferry), +1 250 624-6274 (), [1]. Su-F 8AM - 7:55PM, Sa 10:30AM - 3PM. Prince Rupert has domestic service by small turboprop airliner. Flights take two hours each way, but because of the additional time required to reach Digby Island (just west of Kaien Island and downtown Prince Rupert) by airport bus and ferry, it takes about four hours to travel between downtown Prince Rupert and Vancouver International Airport.  edit
    • Air Canada, +1 514 393-3333, toll free (Canada & US) +1 888 247-2262, has local toll free numbers for many other countries on Contact Us page, [2].  edit
      • Vancouver: Arrivals Su-F 10:03AM, 7:21PM; Sa 1:26PM; Depatures Su-F 10:35AM, 7:45PM; Sa 1:50PM. $239-$773 one way before fees and taxes.
    • Hawkair, (Check in 2.5 hours prior to flight at the Highliner Plaza Hotel), +1 250 635-4295, toll free +1 800 487-1216, [3]. M-F 9AM - 4:30PM, Sa 12PM - 4PM, Su 11AM - 3:30PM.  edit
      • Vancouver: Arrivals SuMWThF 2:15PM, Sa 2:40PM, Depatures SuMWThF 2:45PM, Sa 3PM. $239-$773 one way before fees and taxes.
  • Seal Cove Water Airport, (corner of 8th Avenue East and Seal Cove Road). Prince Rupert also has a small sea plane airport with a few local airlines.  edit
    • North Pacific Seaplanes, +1 250 627-1341, Toll-Free +1 800 689-4234 (, fax: +1 250 627-8307), [4]. Offers charter flights as well as scheduled service as follows: $51-$600.  edit
      • Port Simpson: Arrivals M-F 10AM, 1:15PM, 4:15PM; Sa-Su 12:45PM, 4:15PM; Depatures M-F 9:15AM, 12:30PM, 3:30PM; Sa-Su 11:30PM, 3:30PM. $53, including tax.
      • Masset: Arrivals M-F 10:30AM, 4:15PM; Sa-Su 4:15PM; Departures M-F 8:45AM, 1:30PM; Sa-Su 1:30PM. $181, including tax.
      • Kitkatla: Arrivals M-F 10:15AM, 1:15PM, 4:10PM; Sa-Su 12:15PM, 4:10PM; Departures M-F 9AM, 12PM, 3PM; Sa-Su 11AM, 3PM. $74, including tax.
      • Hartley Bay: Arrival Su-Sa 12:45PM; Departure Su-Sa 10:30AM. $154, including tax.

By car[edit]

View on Highway 16 on the way to Prince Rupert

By vehicle take Highway 16 west from Prince George. The drive takes roughly eight hours. It is not advisable to drive this road in winter months unless you are familiar with treacherous winter highway conditions.

By boat[edit]

Vehicle ferries connect to various destinations:

  • BC Ferries[35] to Skidegate in the Haida Gwaii. Single sailings 4-6 days/week in summer; fewer in other seasons. Voyage takes 7-9 hours. Departure times differ; some voyages are overnight. $35/adult, $125/vehicle.
  • BC Ferries[36] to Port Hardy (on Vancouver Island). Sailings arrive every other day, and depart the following day, during the summer. Fewer sailings in other seasons. Journey takes 15 hours: day cruise of 07:30AM - 10:30h PM during spring and summer, overnight other times. Some sailings stop in Bella Bella. $150/adult, $350/vehicle.
  • Alaska Marine Highway System[37] to Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Juneau, all in Alaska. Sailings roughly every other day. About 5 hours to Ketchikan. US $54/adult, US $61/vehicle.
Cruise ship at the old Atlin Terminal

With the opening of the Northland Cruise Terminal in 2004, Prince Rupert is a port of call for cruise ships plying the inland passage, serving over 50,000 visitors each season. The Northland Terminal is in Cow Bay, close (up a short hill) to the downtown core. Many shore excursions can be accessed at the Atlin terminal (just east of Northland), ranging from bus, boat and seaplane sight seeing tours to saltwater fishing, kayaking and native cultural experiences.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound Bus Depot, 815 - 1st Avenue West, +1 250 624-5090, [5]. Ticket Counter Hours M-F 8AM-12PM, 4PM-9PM, Sa-Su 9AM-10:45AM, 7PM-9PM, Holidays 7PM-9PM. There is Greyhound bus service westbound towards Prince George, with morning and evening service. Morning service arrives at 9AM and leaves at 10:15AM on Tu-Sa, while evening service arrives at 8:10PM and leaves at 9PM on Th-Tu. (54.311147,-130.331261) edit
  • First Canada ULC, 1600 Prince Rupert Blvd., +1 250 624 6400, [6]. Office hours 8am-5pm. This is a chartered bus service, please call the office for more information.  edit

By train[edit]

  • VIA Rail, Prince Rupert Station, 2000 Park Avenue, +1 888 842-7245, [7]. Ticket Counter MThSa 5:30PM - 9:15PM, WFSu 6:30AM-10:15AM. VIA Rail Canada offers a route from Jasper to Prince Rupert,[8] with an overnight layover in Prince George. Departures are WFSu 8AM, and arrivals MThSa 8:25PM. (54.295945,-130.351565) edit

Get around[edit]

Most of downtown Prince Rupert is accessible on foot. A good place to get oriented is the Visitor Information Centre, located on the east end of the Atlin Terminal.

Prince Rupert has seven bus routes[38] serving all sections of the city, including one route servicing to nearby Port Edward[39]. Public transit runs Monday-Saturday. A taxi ride anywhere in town will be no more than fifteen dollars.

See[edit][add listing]

Totem pole in front of the First Nations Carving Shed
One of the totem poles and view from Totem Park
  • First Nations Carving Shed (1-800-667-1994), located just a block from the Museum of Northern British Columbia, features artists and carvers of the region, creating everything from sculpture and totems to jewelry, working with silver, copper, cedarwood and gold.
  • Kwinitsa Station Railway Museum, on the west side of the waterfront, tells the story of early Prince Rupert and the role of the railway in its development. Built in 1911, Kwinitsa Station was one of 400 identical rail stations along the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway from Winnipeg to Prince Rupert. Today, it is one of only four surviving stations.
  • Pacific Mariners Memorial Park, between the foot of McBride St and the Northland Terminal. Note the two focal points of the Park: one being the bronze Mariner's statue and Memorial Walls, the other the Shinto Shrine which was built for the "Kazu Maru", a Japanese fishing dingy that drifted across the Pacific Ocean from Prince Rupert's sister-city Owase in Japan.
  • Museum of Northern British Columbia, 100 - 1st Avenue West (on the waterfront at the foot of McBride Avenue), +1 250 624-3207 (, fax: +1 250 627-8009), [9]. Jun-Aug: M-Sa 9AM-8PM, Su 9AM-5PM; Sep-May M-Sa 9AM-5PM. The museum tells the story of the 10,000 year old history of the Haida, Tsimishian, Tlingit, and Nisga. It also operates the Kwinitsa Station. Adult $5, Students $2, Children 5-11 $1, Children under 5 Free, Family Rate $10. (54.316361,-130.323539) edit
  • North Pacific Cannery, 1889 Skeena Drive, Port Edward (from Prince Rupert, turn right after the bridge onto highway 599, which becomes Skeena Drive (about 20 km from downtown Prince Rupert total)), May-Sep +1 250 628-3538, Oct-Apr +1 250 628-3667 (, fax: +1 250 628-3540), [10]. May, Jun & Sep Tu-Su 9:30AM-5PM, Jul & Aug 9:30AM-5PM 7 days/week. Open until 8PM when a cruise ship is visiting. A national historic site, it is the oldest, most completely preserved cannery remaining of two hundred-or-so that once dotted BC's Northwest Coast. BC Transit runs the number 60 bus in the summer to the cannery from the Visitor Information Centre in Atlin Terminal in Cow Bay, which takes about 40 minutes. Adult $12, Children 5-18 $6, Children under 5 Free, Family (2 adults + children) $25, Tour Groups $10. (54.195151,-130.223774) edit
  • Totem Park, (Summit Avenue, on the ocean side of the loop just past the main Hospital entrance). Home to many of Prince Rupert's totem poles. Free. (54.305194,-130.332935) edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Prince Rupert is famous for its fishing expeditions. Mostly salmon and halibut, with potential catches over a hundred pounds.

  • Blackfeather Charters, 343 - 7th Avenue East, +1 250 627-6461 (), [11]. Features 3-5 day charters of deep sea fishing on a 51 foot yacht.  edit
  • Bite Me Fishing Charters, +1 250 624-3323 (), [12]. Specializing in salmon fishing day charter excursions.  edit
  • Early Dawn Fishing Charters, +1 250 261-2688. Early Dawn Salmon Fishing Charters offers fishing charters in the exceptionally rich fishing waters off of Prince Rupert.  edit
  • Fishing Prince Rupert, 901 - 10th Avenue East, +1 250 627-8443 (), [13]. Offers deep sea and freshwater fishing expeditions.  edit
  • Kaiensports Fishing Charters, 2130 Graham Avenue, +1 250 624-5151 (), [14]. With over 30 years of experience fishing the waters around Prince Rupert and the Haida Gwaii, this charter opperator offers departures from both of these locations.  edit
  • Orca Fishing Charters (Tom Sweet), 1208 Frederick Street, +1 250 627-7699, cel +1 250 627-9590 (), [15]. Fishing in the local waters for over 3 decades. Fish in a Grady White and enjoy the comforts of a boat designed for fishing.  edit
  • Quantum Fishing Charters, 523 Pillsbury Avenue, +1 250 615-1200, cel +1 250 615-1314 (), [16]. Experience Prince Rupert fishing in the coastal waters off Northern BC. Charters and excursions including salmon fishing, halibut fishing, and crabbing which highlight the beautiful coastal region of Northwestern British Columbia.  edit
  • Stingray Charters, 1315 Overlook Street, +1 250 624-3885, cel +1 250 627-6955 (, fax: "+1). World Class Sports Fishing in the Pacific Northwest. Stingray Fishing Charters is your host for an exciting experience you don't want to miss.  edit
  • Terry's Fishing Charters, +1 250 622-8737, toll free +1 866 601-6086 (), [17]. Providers of fishing charters for salmon and halibut offering a "no fish, no pay" guarantee.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Cow Bay Gift Gallery, 24 Cow Bay Road, +1 250 627-1808. Options here are a little pricier, but has authentic Native art and some really beautiful items.  edit
  • Homework, 145 Cow Bay Road, +1 250 624-3663 (, fax: +1 250 624-3553), [18]. M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-5PM. Eclectic and interesting selection. (54.31894,-130.319501) edit
  • Sunset Charters, 250-622-8859, [19]. Offering one to five day fully guided fishing trips with or withought accommodations. Enjoy spectaular salmon and halibut fishing aboard our 28' Zeta with a heated cabin, marine toilet, satelite radio, BBQ and experienced and friendly guide.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Cow Bay Cafe, 205 Cow Bay Road, +1 250 627-1212 (). One of the most popular places to eat in town. It is a small place right on the water featuring authentic Italian pizza, pasta and seafood. Great desserts made in-house.  edit
  • Herby's Family Restaurant, 679 - 2nd Avenue West, +1 250 624-3965. Excellent and inexpensive Vietnamese food in an informal atmosphere.  edit
  • Opa Sushi, 34 Cow Bay Road, +1 250 627-4560. M-F 11:30AM-2PM & 5PM-9PM, Sa 12PM-3PM & 5PM-9PM, Su 1PM-8PM. excellent sushi.  edit
  • Pho '88 (Ph '88), 427 - 3rd Avenue West, +1 250 624-2888. M-Sa 10AM-9PM Su 11AM-8PM. Newer Vietnamese restaurant, featuring pho, but having a good variety of Vietnamese and Canadian-Asian cuisine. $10-$25. (54.31235,-130.325233) edit
  • Waterfront Restaurant on the Harbour, 222 - 1st Avenue West (in the Crest Hotel), +1 250 624-6771 (fax: +1 250 627-7666), [20]. M-F 6:30AM-9PM, Sa-Su 7AM-9PM.  edit
  • The Fresh Onion, 253-309 2nd Avenue West (On the second floor of the Ocean Mall), 250-624-9231, [21]. M-F 8 am-4pm. Excellent lunch place with great specials, but not open weekends or for supper. $10-$30. (54.31360,-130.32398) edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Breaker's Pub, 117 George Hill Way (in Cow Bay), +1 250 624-5990 (, fax: +1 250 624-2688), [22]. Decent enough place, slow meal service.  edit
  • Charley's Lounge, 222 - 1st Ave West (in the Crest Hotel), +1 250 624-6771 (fax: +1 250 627-7666), [23]. M-Th 11:30AM-12AM, F-Sa 11:30AM-1AM, Su 12PM-11PM. $3.25-7.75 draft, specialty bottled beer available, $6.95 martinis, ($6-$9 per glass wines available).  edit
  • Cowpuccino's Coffee House, 25 Cow Bay Road, +1 250 627-1395. (54.318581,-130.318529) edit
  • javadotcup, 516 - 3rd Avenue West, +1 250 622-2822 (), [24]. M-F 7:30AM-6PM, Sa 9AM-6PM, Su & Holidays Closed. Great little coffee shop and internet cafe. Beautiful building inside and out. Homemade desserts! (54.312005,-130.32627) edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Aleeda Motel, 900 - 3rd Avenue West, +1 250 627-1367, toll-free (NA): +1 888 460-2023 (, fax: +1 250 624-3132), [25]. (54.309451,-130.330729) edit
  • Black Rooster Guesthouse, 501 - 6th Avenue West, +1 866 371-5337 (, fax: +1 250 627-7623), [26]. Somewhere between a hostel and a hotel, you can rent from a private queen room to a bunk in a shared room. A bit up the hill from downtown, though. $25-$85. (54.31036,-130.32243) edit
  • Highliner Plaza Hotel, 815 - 1st Avenue West, +1 250 624-9060, toll-free: +1 800 668-3115, [27]. (54.311147,-130.331261) edit
  • Inn on the Harbour, 720 - 1st Avenue West, +1 250 624-9107, toll-free (US & Can): +1 800 663-8155 (, fax: +1 250 627-8232), [28]. (54.3106,-130.332421) edit
  • Moby Dick Inn, 935 - 2nd Avenue West, +1 250 624-6961, toll-free: +1 800 663-0822 (, fax: +1 250 624-3760), [29]. (54.309191,-130.332653) edit
  • Pacific Inn, 909 - 3rd Avenue West, +1 250 627-1711, toll-free (US & Can): +1 888 663-1999 (, fax: +1 250 627-4212), [30]. (54.309407,-130.330206) edit
  • Pioneer Hostel, 167 - 3rd Avenue East, +1 250 624-2334, toll-free: +1 888 794-9998 (, fax: +1 250 627-7945), [31]. $22-$80. (54.316187,-130.31918) edit
  • Totem Lodge Motel, 1335 Park Avenue, +1 250 624-6761, toll-free (US & Can): +1 800 550-0178 (, fax: +1 250 624-3831), [32]. (54.305242,-130.335406) edit


  • Prince Rupert Public Library, 101 - 6th Avenue West, +1 250 627-1345 (, fax: +1 250 627-7851), [33]. M Closed, Tu-Th 10AM-9PM, F 10AM-5PM, Sa-Su 1PM-5PM (closed Sundays in the summer). The library has eight computers for public use, no membership needed and free wireless. Careful after school; they get quite busy right after the bell. $1 for each ½ hour after the first, subject to availability.  edit
  • Safeway/Starbucks, 200 - 2nd Avenue West, +1 250 624-2412. 7AM-10PM. There is a small seating area inside and out where you can sit on the wireless. Free.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

Visit the Haida Gwaii for a unique wilderness adventure you will never forget.

Routes through Prince Rupert


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