Prince Rupert Travel Guide

  • Khutzeymateen Sanctuary Adventure Tour
    Khutzeymateen Sanctuary Adventure Tour
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  • Dolly's Fish Market
    Dolly's Fish Market
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  • Pacific Ocean from the deck of Breaker's Pub
    Pacific Ocean from the deck of Breaker's...
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Prince Rupert Things to Do

  • Brown Bear

    On the road from Prince Rupert to Prince George (Yellowhead Highway) we saw a few bears, here the brown bear we caught on camera.

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  • Museum of Northern British Columbia

    This is a small museum located in Prince Rupert that displays history of the various aboriginal groups from the area, as well as the influence of the Europeans and Chinese in the area.

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  • All around town

    Well, no offense to any Prince Rupertian, but there's not much to do in this place. The whole town is rather spread out so it's hard to get a good feel around. Tourists, upon disembarking from the cruise ship, should head to the left. This area is called Cow Bay. It's a typical tourist trap with it's overpriced souvenirs. But it offers a great view...

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  • The Museum of Northern BC

    This museum is an absolute must see if you visit Prince Rupert. Although it is small, it is worth the admission. The museum is downtown in a long house (a traditional First Nations building), and is easy to spot when you get to the right area.The museum houses artifacts pertaining both to First Nations culture and also to Northern BC's seafaring...

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  • North Pacific Fishing Village

    The North Pacific Fishing Village is a fantastic heritage site located just outside of Prince Rupert in Port Edward. The site is home to one of Port Edward's old canneries as well as a small village that is representative of a turn-of-the-century cannery. The site is still under construction and many buildings and displays are not open yet, but...

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  • Fishing

    Spending a day on a fishing boat in just about any place is pretty much a guarantee of a great day, but most especially in British Columbia. It was still the very beginning of the season that day, but we came home with a nice 30 lb. salmon!

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  • King Pacific Lodge

    KP is just about one of the best places you can go to relax, fish, kayak, hike, fly fish, etc. The lodge is very secluded and very well-managed, making your stay there worth every cent.

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  • Float Planes

    When in the BC area, a great thing to do is get on a float plane, which is a small plane that takes off and lands in the water. They stay at low altitudes, which provides for great views of the beautiful BC coast.

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  • Visit the North Pacific Fishing/Canning...

    Once we got downtown, we decided to take a tour to the Fishing Village. On the way our guide pointed out many things. We saw coastal deer right along the road. The highway was very wavy. He explained that the ground was all muskeg and that the road was built by pouring asphalt over tree trunks. Then we came to the "tree of lost soles" (pictured)....

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  • Take a Walking Tour of the Totem Poles

    At the Museum of Northern BC I purchased a booklet with a map and the pictures and details of totem poles around the city of Prince Rupert. I began the walking tour but only saw about half of the poles. Some were farther away and I didn't have time to do the whole tour. It was nice to have the booklet so I could read about the totem poles as I was...

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  • Visit the Kwinitsa Railroad Station

    The Kwinitsa Station is a restored railroad station that is open to the public - for a small fee. There were 400 of these stations built along the Grand Trunk Railroad - all exactly alike. It was well worth the fee to walk through and see the rooms as they would have been furnished back in the heyday of the old railroad. There is also a nice area...

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  • Tour the Museum of Northern BC

    We went through the museum on our own and saw and read about the exhibits. There were exhibits about First Nations history and culture, the Hudson Bay Co, and the importance of shipping and the railroad. I also had an interesting discussion with one of the native people at the carving shed (pictured - behind the totem pole in the trees) which is...

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Prince Rupert Hotels

  • Crest Motor Hotel

    222 First Ave W, Prince Rupert, British Columbia V8J 3P6, Canada

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Pacific Inn

    909 Third Avenue West, Prince Rupert, British Columbia V8J 1M9, Canada

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 2.5 out of 5 stars

  • Totem Lodge Motel

    1335 Park Ave., Prince Rupert, British Columbia V8J 1K3, Canada

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

Prince Rupert Restaurants

  • Great Fresh Seafood out of a small...

    We had dinner in Cow Bay at Dolly's, which didn't look like much from outside.... or inside, either. Half a fish store, and half a restaurant with not a lot of tables. Someone actually left for us to have their table. Suspect that we were the only non-locals! It was excellent food, though - I had a shrimp dinner - with shrimp (salad size) cocktail...

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  • The Fresh Seafood

    There aren't too many places that you can really enjoy the atmosphere, hospitality and food like it has here. Close to the Information Office and Dock where local boats and Cruise Ships come in . Clam Chowder and Mussels. The Clams are morning fresh and the taste is Just DELICIOUS.

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  • The Salmon Was Great

    The Portside Restaurant was in the Anchor Inn where we stayed for two nights. We ate at the restaurant one evening. It was quiet and relaxing and the service was very good. The seafood dishes we ordered were very good, and we just had to have salmon in Prince Rupert. We found on our trip that some of the best restaurants are the ones right in the...

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Prince Rupert Transportation

  • Via Rail Canada service

    Via Rail Canada runs a touristic train, the Skeena, between Jasper and Prince Rupert 3 times per week. Westbound, the train arrives Monday, Thursday or Saturday evenings. Eastbound, it departs on Sunday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings.

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  • A Travellers Dream

    If you have ever thought of travelling across Canada by rail, let me tell you, it's one of the nicest trips anyone could ever take. From Jasper, west to Prince George and on to Rupert on the Skeena (which is part of the VIA RAIL , is just a Adventurer's Dream come true. With a VIA RAIL PASS this is possible. You don't need a rail pass but if yu are...

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Prince Rupert Shopping

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    by HispanicYob Written Sep 3, 2006

    Zeller's is a deparment store along the lines of Wal-Mart and K-Mart. There's nothing out of the ordinary about it and if you're a tourist, you don't come to Prince Rupert just to come here. But if you have to, Zeller's is your bet to purchase goods.

    What to buy: Some things are definiltey more expensive then others. The food is at average prices but the clothing can be expensive.

    What to pay: If you shop right, you can get quite an assortment of things. I'd say get out 40 dollars in Canadian currency and that should set you.

    Me holding some Canadian currency
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Prince Rupert Warnings and Dangers

  • by WittyName32 Written Apr 23, 2004

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    I thought this was a hostel, but when I stayed there, I got the impression is a halfway home for the recently paroled. Whatever it was, it was not enjoyable -- the place smelled, and the bed had musty, itchy sheets that made me finally sleep in my sleeping bag. To top it off, I was awoke near 2 a.m. by someone shaking the doorknob, trying to get in. You could hear this person up and down the hall, yelling, screaming, running and pounding. Finally he went outside and started cursing up a storm, directing most of his venom at "You white *!*#!" Apparently he was a First Nationer, drunker than all get out, and ready to do some damage. My window was open (the smell) and because I was on the second floor I was afraid he was going to jump up and get in. Not a good experience at all. Stay clear. Go to the other side of town.

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Prince Rupert What to Pack

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    by Davelyn Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Luggage and bags: Travel light

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In summer, light clothes and rain jacket. In Fall and winter Warm cloth and Rain Jacket

    Photo Equipment: Camer and Camcorder

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Tenting and Trailer Areas . Fish gear for big Salmon, Haddock . Places to rent Fishing Boats and Cruises

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Prince Rupert Off The Beaten Path

  • Grassy Bay Hike

    A nice hike from the Highway outside town (there's only one) to Grassy Bay. It's a pretty spot. Better if you can make the hike on a sunny day. The path is part stone or chip and part boardwalk. You need to boardwalk to get over the muskeg. Watch for wild cranberries in the bog or stunted cedar trees (sort of bonsai-looking). Check out Prince...

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  • This Mall Downtown

    Has this to look at: a No Parking sign painted onto rock, as the parking lot is recessed, beneath the main road. Not your everyday urban setting. I thought it interesting is all.

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Prince Rupert Favorites

  • Stunning sunsets

    I'm not sure why, but we got some of the most amazing sunsets over Hecate Strait near Prince Rupert.

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  • Timmy Ho's!

    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...

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    Dec 3, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    DO NOT BOOK A BEAR TOUR TO THE KHUTZEYMATEEN WITH PALMERVILLE ADVENTURES

    Greg Palmer cancelled our three hour bear tour and told us he would refund our money in full as per his terms and conditions on his website. Six+ months later and he still hasn't made the refund. He leads you on with false promises and excuses why he never made it - such as "out-of-town", "posted cheque but never received", "unable to direct deposit", "unable to use the Paypal facility" (which he relies on on his own website - go figure), "unable to refund onto credit card", "too busy setting things up for winter", "unable to use the internet" (how he can then send an email confounds us), "too complicated to conduct a bank transfer"...on and on for months and months.

    Quite simply the man is either technologically inept or a crook. Either way I would NEVER recommend doing business with him.

    I gave him every opportunity to make the refund, but more fool me as it exceeded the timeframes for disputes/claims via Paypal (45 days) and insurance (6 months). I took this case to Consumer Protection British Columbia and attempted to have it resolved via online dispute resolution. They said I was best off getting legal representation as Greg was not forthcoming nor left contact details as he fell off the grid yet again.

    I've informed Tourism Prince Rupert of his disgraceful reputation so that they can factor this in when making future recommendations to travellers in the area. The next step is leaving a trail of bad reviews such as this across the internet.

    Congratulations Greg, hope our $1000 was worth losing tens of thousands' worth of business from this poor review.

    There are many other similar service providers in the area. My partner and I managed to find one at the last minute and they were very professional, accommodating and provided an unforgettable experience. Do not risk losing the opportunity to have the experience of a lifetime by trusting Greg Palmer from Palmerville Adventures.


    Visited May 2012

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