This may sound stupid, but one of my favorite things about going to Prince Rupert was Tim Horton's, the Canadian bakery that's actually pretty cheap to eat at. Make sure you order a Honey Dip and their Chicken Salad Wrap. Mmm.....that's what I'm talkin' bout! One of my fondest memories is going to Smiley's, a restaurant in Cow Bay that's actually pretty good, just chilling with friends.
Wild West Coast
"Prince Rupert is wonderful..."
Jesse and I visited Prince Rupert in the summer of 2005 during our BC road trip. We were so glad to visit, it was such a wonderful place and we hope to go back again someday!
Prince Rupert is on the West Coast of BC, Canada. It has always been a major port in BC, starting way back in the days of the canneries and continuing today with visits from BC Ferries and various cruise lines that sail to Alaska. The town is quaint and friendly, with lots of little shops and restaurants to visit and experience.
Despite its small size, there is so much to see and do in Prince Rupert. There are several museums and heritage sites in the town or nearby. There is amazing scenery that can be experienced during day drives or hikes. There are self-guided walking tours to take. And, of course, there is fishing!
Prince Rupert is also a great place to visit Haida and Tsimshan (spelling, sorry) sites and visit or buy First Nations art. Nearby Port Edward is home to the Port Edward Cannery heritage site, which is run by the local band. There is also the fantastic Museum of Northern BC where you can look at artifacts from the various bands from around the area. For pictures of these sites, check out my travelogues.
Around Prince Rupert
"Leaving the ferry"
We docked in Prince Rupert at around 10:30 at night. The ferry encountered some technical issues with the pedestrian ramp, so it was closer to 11:30 at night before we were able to disembark from the ship.
This is a shot of people and vehicles leaving the ferry.
With the downturn in the logging and fishing industries, Prince Rupert is trying to grow other business. The container port is one of the directions that the city is moving in.
Prince Rupert is one of the rainiest and cloudiest places in Canada. This means that if the lighting is just right, you can get some amazing rainbows. This picture was taken out of our hotel room window.
The Pillsbury House is the oldest house in Prince Rupert - built in 1908 and was built by Joel H. Pillsbury who was the 1st assisitant harbour engineer and an employee of the Grand Trunk Railway.
It is now a guesthouse.
"Kwinitsa railway station"
This is the old Kwinitsa railway station building that was moved from the north bank of the Skeena River to its present location in Prince Rupert/
There were railway repair yards located at Price Rupert. While the old railway buildings are boarded up now, there are still some spare parts that you can wander by and see.
"Museum of Northern British Columbia"
This small, but modern museum is located in the downtown area of Prince Rupert. It has a fairly nice collection of native artifacts as well as some more modern displaced from the early 20th century
"Museum of Northern British Columbia - Interior"
The displays in the museum are quite modern.
Cruise Stop: Prince Rupert
"Arriving Prince Rupert"
Day 7: We woke early to sunny skies in Prince Rupert! After breakfast we were off the ship before 8 a.m. We walked around the pier area before getting a taxi to Inland Air – about a 10 minute drive. We met our pilot, Matt, and boarded our Sea Plane for the trip to Khutzeymateen, a Grizzly Bear Sanctuary. Sandy took the prime front seat next to the pilot. The flight was about 20 minutes long – and even though a lot of it was not over water – was very cool.
"Khutzeymateen, Grizzly Bear Sanctuary"
We landed at a floating dock where we met our guide, Greg. We boarded his boat to look for bears. Pretty quickly we spotted one bear lazily walking close to the water. We watched him for a while and snapped a bunch of photos.
"Lucy and Her Cubs"
Greg stays on the island during the season and is not only knowledgeable about the bears in general, but knows many of the bears “personally” – including where they are likely to be seen. He had seen “Lucy” – a sow – and her 2 cubs the previous day. He was hoping for us to see her. We looked up and down the shoreline and not too long later, spotted the bears. It is so amazing to see bears in the wild. The cubs were so playful and the mother went into the water – about 12 feet away from us. It was such a thrill. We watched them for a long time – playing, eating, swimming - before we had to return to the plane. Twenty minutes later we were back at Inland Air. We had such a short time in Prince Rupert – but fortunately were able to get this 3 hour trip in.
"Browsing Prince Rupert"
We stopped in a few shops close to the ship for a few souvenirs before boarding the ship. We had to be back on at 12:30 p.m. Once we sailed from Prince Rupert we had to go through US immigration. After lunch we got on the immigration line where we spent the next hour. We did the usual walking around, check emails, etc. the rest of the day.
That night was a formal night and we just decided to skip it. We haven’t been in the dining room for dinner (or any meal) since the second night of the cruise.
We ended the night with rain and a dismal weather forecast for our next stop, Juneau, Alaska.