"Prince Rupert is at the center of an amazingly scenic
area and has much to offer travelers. Ecotourism has taken
off, sport fishing is excellent, and the town is a convenient
hub for exploring the sights of the Pacific Northwest. There
are many tours including the Museum of Northern British
Columbia, Pike Island Archeological Tour, North Pacific
Cannery, and a variety of harbor and other activities to
keep you busy.
Located on the beautiful North Coast of British Columbia,
Prince Rupert (pop.15,000). At the west end of Trans-Canada
Highway 16 (the Yellowhead Highway), Prince Rupert is approximately
150 km west of Terrace, and 725 km west of Prince George.
It is situated 550 miles north of Vancouver and 40 miles
south of southeast Alaska. The area is one of the oldest
continuously occupied regions of the world with a vast First
The City was incorporated in March 10, 1910. Born from
the vision of Charles Hays, president of the Grand Trunk
Pacific Railway, Prince Rupert was chosen as the western
terminus of Canadas second transcontinental railroad
. During WWII the city served both Canada and the United
States as a strategic military post. An estimated 150,000
Canadian and US troops passed through the city.
The Tsimshian Nation is the indigenous First Nations in
the Prince Rupert area. The people of the Northwest Coast
have developed their own unique artistic style, and you
will find many fine works on display in area museums, galleries
and shops. As you will see when you visit, First Nations
have a proud history on the northwest coast and have retained
and reclaimed their living culture.
The Port of Prince Rupert's strategic location on international
trade corridors makes it an essential link in the global
transportation and international trade network. Modern terminals,
fast turnaround, on-time delivery capabilities, and vast
industrial development properties on tidewater open new
opportunities for shippers and producers. Superior road
and rail connections provide easy access to the entire North
American continent. With the deepest harbour in North America
and year-round ice-free facilities, the Port of Prince Rupert
offers safe harbour and cost-effective advantages to shippers
across the globe."
-- from www.AlaskaCruises.com