Written by MCJ graduate on 12 Nov, 2005
Prince Rupert has a lot to offer for visitors/tourists. Nature enthusiasts would really like this port, since there are many options for them to explore. Some of these include going on a marine or wildlife tour; taking a hike on secluded beaches, mountains, or in…Read More
Prince Rupert has a lot to offer for visitors/tourists. Nature enthusiasts would really like this port, since there are many options for them to explore. Some of these include going on a marine or wildlife tour; taking a hike on secluded beaches, mountains, or in the rain forest; and enjoying the sea by fishing, sailing, boating, kayaking, etc. Other people may just want to take in museums (such as the Fire Museum or The Museum of Northern British Columbia), go to art galleries to purchase First Nations people artwork or stroll through the city, or take the Shoppers’ Bus to shop. In addition, the downtown area has a lot of heritage buildings that represent the Neoclassical and Spanish eras. It is intriguing to view, because the paint scheme here is black-and-white. Because this is the oldest part of the city, many of buildings are on pilings that overlook the harbor. There are also numerous taverns, coffee shops, and eateries present, too. There are various ways to get to and from Prince Rupert, because it is a transportation hub. By highway, the Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway 16 goes to Prince George. From there, visitors can go south to east to Alberta or North to Dawson Creek. Highway 16 also connects with Highway 37 to Stewart and the south to Kitimat. By air, there is a jet service that runs twice daily from Vancouver to Prince Rupert. Once you get to the Vancouver International Airport, there are connections to all over the world. If you go by train, Via Rail operates between Prince Rupert and Jasper Alberta (and connections eastward) with an overnight at Prince George. At Prince George passengers can transfer and head south to Vancouver. By bus, the bus line of Greyhound offers service to Prince George twice a day. Once there, passengers then can connect to going north, east, or south. Last, BC Ferries operates two year-round routes. The BC Inside Passage route goes from Prince Rupert to northern Vancouver Island. The other route goes to Queen Charlotte Islands. For reservations or timetable information, contact Prince Rupert’s Infocentre or BC Ferries direct by calling 888/223-3779 anywhere in BC.I would recommend going to Prince Rupert. As I mentioned, this city has many things to offer a traveler. Besides the panoramic views of the beaches, mountains, rain forest, coastline, and inlets, it offers you various activities/attractions such as boating, sailing, kayaking, shopping, museums, art galleries, etc. Prince Rupert Visitor Centre is located at Suite 100, 215 Cow Bay Rd., Prince Rupert, BC Canada. The phone number is 250/624-5637. Close
I like the geographical location, historical origins, and colorful history of Prince Rupert. It is located on Kaien Island. Prince Rupert is at the mouth of the Skeena River on British Columbia’s northern coast. This place is 550 miles north of Vancouver and 40 miles…Read More
I like the geographical location, historical origins, and colorful history of Prince Rupert. It is located on Kaien Island. Prince Rupert is at the mouth of the Skeena River on British Columbia’s northern coast. This place is 550 miles north of Vancouver and 40 miles south of southeast Alaska. It is known as Canada’s marine gateway to Asia and is the second biggest port on the west coast of Canada. This locale is where fishing, mining, and pulp manufacturing is present.Prince Rupert received its name from a person who won a contest naming the city. The person won $250 for naming it. Prince Rupert was actually a cousin of Charles II of England. Although he never visited Canada, he was the first governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company. The origin of Prince Rupert has a colorful history. It was incorporated in 1910. Prince Rupert started out as a tent camp and western construction terminal for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. This later became the Canadian National Railway.It was actually a vision of Charles Hays, president of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway that chose Prince Rupert to be the western terminus of Canada’s second transcontinental railroad. This port was to compete with the port of Vancouver. He had plans in motion but then took the RMS Titanic in 1912 and died due to this ship’s fatal voyage. CNR Docks were later added, and then Prince Rupert became a major seaport for foreign ships. Exports like fish and timber products were the main products of the local economy in the earlier days of the origins of this city. In addition, during WWII, both Canada and America used it as a strategic military post. There was a military hospital as well as a seaplane base. Close
I have mixed reviews with utilizing the Shoppers’ Bus. First of all, when we were in Prince Rupert, in August 2005, there were a couple of rude people that worked at the visitor centre. This is where you purchase your ticket to get on the…Read More
I have mixed reviews with utilizing the Shoppers’ Bus. First of all, when we were in Prince Rupert, in August 2005, there were a couple of rude people that worked at the visitor centre. This is where you purchase your ticket to get on the Shoppers’ Bus. When we asked about the American exchange rate on the $1 tickets we purchased, we were rudely told, “No, a dollar is a dollar--it’s the same, you don’t receive any money back.” It wasn’t the small exchange that we should have received on American money that bothered us; it was the rude response we got that did.
The next problem was the lateness of the bus. It ran about 15 to 20 minutes late when we were told it was to arrive much sooner. This was a real problem for disabled people and older people since there weren’t too many places to sit down. Then, once we got on the bus, it was overly crowded. In fact, our friend got sat on by an older overweight lady, and all she could say was, “I have to sit down,” to my friend. Also, many people had to stand up and hold on poles of the bus for the ride. But on a brighter note, this bus did allow you to ride for a small price and you could get off and on whenever you want. This is so you can shop at a certain store(s) or sightsee a certain attraction like the Sunken Gardens. Also, there is a narrator present to talk about the highlights of the city.The tour guide of the Shoppers’ Bus gave an informative and enthusiastic narration of the city. Some of this narration is what I remember. He told us that the city consisted of 11,000 people, and 60% of this population was First Nations People, 5% was white people, and the rest was the mix of the world. He then proceeded to tell us that there were numerous ethnic restaurants due to the mix population. He talked about how Cow Bay got its name. He said that it was because cows were pushed off here to come ashore. Then he said that it was not unusual to see wild animals like wolves and deer in town or in peoples’ backyards. He then said that recently the city had to kill a wolf because it kept wandering around in the city.I recommend using the Shoppers’ Bus with reservations. I mean, it does provide a relatively cheap mode of transportation to tour the city or to shop and has a tour guide to give you a great narration of the city, but it has drawbacks as well, as I already illustrated. I guess one has to consider who is in your group of visitors. If they are older or disabled, this is not a good option to see the city.Tickets for the Shoppers’ Bus can be purchased at the visitor centre at Suite 100, 215 Cow Bay Rd. The phone number is 250/624-5637. The bus stop for it is about 2 blocks from there.