the Yellowhead Highway 16 meets the Pacific, you'll find Prince Rupert,
and en route you will drive along one of the most scenic stretches of
highway in the world. Named after the first governor of the Hudson's
Bay Company, the city of Prince Rupert was elected to be the western
terminus of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.
city is now more than a railway terminus, it is heavily supported by
the commercial fishery and seafood processing industries, as well as
by a pulp mill. As home to Canada's deepest ice-free harbor, Prince
Rupert is also a major shipping port.
is becoming increasingly important to the area as more and more people
are coming to fish and cruise the scenic West Coast.
Rupert acts as a base for those wanting to take advantages of the adventures
waiting just off the coast or on the mainland; whalewatching, sea kayaking
or fishing, hunting, hiking and backcountry expeditions are all close
at hand. The spectacular scenery in the area constantly changes from
ocean waterfalls to river rapids or rainforest and mountain peaks.
you want to watch whales on the ocean or glimpse a grizzly in the new
Grizzly Sanctuary (45 km northeast of Prince Rupert), this area with
its amazing variety of activities and scenery can provide the outdoor
enthusiast with endless possibilities.
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Summer Average: 15.5 C Winter Average: -2.2 C
Industries: fishing, pulp and paper, grain and lumber exports, regional
service centre, tourism, forestry
Travel connections through Prince Rupert are easy and diverse. It
is a hub for ferry, rail and air traffic as well as being the western
end of the Yellowhead Highway 16. There are regular ferry sailing from
Prince Rupert to Alaska, the Queen Charlotte Islands and Vancouver Island.
Numerous charter boats are eager to provide transportation to smaller
communities or to take you on a sea adventure. Rail connections to this
western terminus for VIA Rail, can be made from points south and north,
bringing you through magnificent, world renowned scenery . As well as
daily jet service from Vancouver, there are charter planes available
to take visitors to floating lodges and backcountry destinations
As well as two private RV equipped campsites (Parkside and Kinnickinick),
there are two provincial parks in the vicinity - Diana Lake
and Prudhomme lake. There is also a wide variety of hotels, motels and
lodges to choose from. Fishing lodges and backcounty resorts are also
close at hand and accessible through a variety of methods.
Facilities & Activities: golf course, racquet courts, Performing
Arts Centre, aquatic centre, ice arena, fitness centres, bowling alley,
theatres, deep sea and freshwater fishing, "flightseeing", helirafting,
hiking, biking, kayaking, wildlife viewing.
Local Attractions: Archaeological, aboriginal, city, and harbour
Oldfield Creek Hatchery, Heritage Walking tours, native arts, North
Pacific Cannery Museum, Kwinitsa Railway Museum, the Museum of Northern
BC and Carving Shed, Firehall Museum, Pacific Mariners Memorial Park,
Sunken Gardens, totem poles, Oliver Lake Dwarf Forest (natural bonsai
trees), Rainbow and Taylor lakes, Khutzeymateen/K'tzim-a-diin Grizzly
Sanctuary (45 km northeast of Prince Rupert).