Where Canada's Wilderness begins
"Welcome to Prince Rupert"
Well, what can I say. There's not much to do in this small Canadian town. Located in British Columbia before you get into Alaska, Prince Rupert looks like a typical midwestern town back in the States. However, it is where Canada's wilderness begins. There's plenty of eagles here in town. Although I found it to be quite expensive around town.
There's nothing about Prince Rupert that makes it stand out. As beautiful as the surrounding wilderness is, don't expect it to be as action packed as other parts of the Inside Passage. I was fine visiting here since our cruise ship left Prince Rupert rather early and I was there to hang out and shop around.
"Rather pricey at times"
The Cow Bay area is rather pricey for souvenirs and other things. I spent a lot of money in this port. Smiley's is a good restaurant to kick back in. The nearby trees are home to lots of eagles, since there's a cannery close by. Cow Bay offers a great view of the waterfront. Just don't expect much other than that.
Enjoy the Sites in the Prince Rupert Area
"Prince Rupert in Two Days"
We arrived in Prince Rupert, by way of the Skeena Railroad, from Jasper. We had about 2 days before we boarded the ferry for the Alaska Marine Highway System. The bus system didn't seem very reliable in PR, but we finally got downtown. We took a taxi back to the hotel because the bus only ran until 6:00 pm. Prince Rupert had many very interesting things to do and we couldn't do everything we wanted to do. We wish we could have had another day.
North Pacific Cannery
"North Pacific Cannery"
This museum is the last remnant of a major industry located on the north-west coast of BC. At one point some 40 similar operations existed up and down the coast. Opened in the 1890's and closed in the 1950's, it has been restored as a museum.
"North Pacific Cannery Building"
One of the original buildings of this small cannery operation, lies adjacent to the railway tracks
An assortment of fish processing equipment can be seen in this facility. From some of the manual processes to a fully automated production line. The line gets turned on during the tour.
""The Iron Chink""
How times change - this machine, known as "The Iron Chink", replaced "thirty Chinamen". Later on it was renamed to the more politically correct "The Iron Butcher".
Three segregated groups worked here - the "Europeans", the Chinese (either brought in directly from China or from the group working on railway construction), and the local native Canadians.
Out in the middle of nowhere, the company paid you and sold you all the supplies you needed at the company store.
Originally made from either cotton or linen, the nets made from natural fibres were treated in a solution of copper sulphate, a fungicide to help preserve the material. This resulted in a greenish-blue colour that made the nets more difficult to see underwater.
Later on, when nylon replaced the natural materials, the colour stayed the same.
Just one of the outer buildings, built on piles driven into the water.
Nature is reclaiming this site, as the pilings rot out and the docks collapse. This single building is looking rather precarious out there by iteself.