Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert is at the center of an amazingly scenic area and has much to offer travelers. Ecotourism has taken off, sport fishing is excellent, and the town is a convenient hub for exploring the sights of the Pacific Northwest. There are many tours including the Museum of Northern British Columbia, Pike Island Archeological Tour, North Pacific Cannery, and a variety of harbor and other activities to keep you busy.

About Prince Rupert

Located on the beautiful North Coast of British Columbia, Prince Rupert (pop.15,000). At the west end of Trans-Canada Highway 16 (the Yellowhead Highway), Prince Rupert is approximately 150 km west of Terrace, and 725 km west of Prince George. It is situated 550 miles north of Vancouver and 40 miles south of southeast Alaska. The area is one of the oldest continuously occupied regions of the world with a vast First Nations history.

The City was incorporated in March 10, 1910. Born from the vision of Charles Hays, president of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, Prince Rupert was chosen as the western terminus of Canada?s second transcontinental railroad . During WWII the city served both Canada and the United States as a strategic military post. An estimated 150,000 Canadian and US troops passed through the city.

The Tsimshian Nation is the indigenous First Nations in the Prince Rupert area. The people of the Northwest Coast have developed their own unique artistic style, and you will find many fine works on display in area museums, galleries and shops. As you will see when you visit, First Nations have a proud history on the northwest coast and have retained and reclaimed their living culture.

The Port of Prince Rupert's strategic location on international trade corridors makes it an essential link in the global transportation and international trade network. Modern terminals, fast turnaround, on-time delivery capabilities, and vast industrial development properties on tidewater open new opportunities for shippers and producers. Superior road and rail connections provide easy access to the entire North American continent. With the deepest harbour in North America and year-round ice-free facilities, the Port of Prince Rupert offers safe harbour and cost-effective advantages to shippers across the globe.

Prince Rupert Attractions

What you can do while in Prince Rupert usually comes down to your preference of activities, how much energy you want to exert and how much time you have on hand.

Below are just a few of the things you can enjoy while in Rupert.

Prince Rupert Tours

Prince Rupert exudes a hard-working, good-natured vigor, and the population is a well-integrated mix of First Nations, Asian, and European-heritage Canadians. You'll experience the palpable sense of being on the northern edge of the world, which gives the city--situated on a series of rock ledges above the broad expanse of the Pacific--a sense of purpose and vitality.

There is float plane, helicopter, ferry and water taxi service between Prince Rupert and most of the smaller communities throughout the region.

Weather in Prince Rupert

The average temperature is about 70F (20C) in July and 28F (-2.2C) in January.  The area gets around 93.3 inches (236.9 cm) of rain annually.

Free Prince Rupert Travel Guide

The official, seasonal guide will help you plan your Prince Rupert visit.  You can also contact the Prince Rupert tourism office at 1-800-667-1994 for the latest events and offers. 


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