I learned a lot about the culture of the First Nations people and their traditions at the museum and the carving shed.
Once downtown most sites were within walking distance and we had a very good time.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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)....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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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.
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.
Luggage and bags:
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
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...more
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...more