October 27, 2008 | Field Reports >
Prince Rupert, Sightseeing Tours
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The coastal port city of Prince Rupert in Northern BC is right at the mouth of the beautiful Skeena River. There are many ways to get to Prince Rupert, by ferry, cruise ship, by train or by air or you can drive. Driving takes about 18 hours north from Vancouver, flying takes 2 hours. Either way, getting there is half the fun, as the scenery is simply stunning. There are LOTS of things to see and do in, and around Prince Rupert. A great starting point is the Tourism BC Info Centre.Its in the tourist area known as Cow Bay. The staff is very friendly, and they have tons of suggestions depending on what your interests are. I started at the Museum of Northern BC, and was very impressed with the collection of native artifacts from thousands of years ago. I popped into the Ice House Art Gallery, to find a huge selection of exquisit works by area artists. And of course, while your on the coast, sampling the seafood is a must. Smiles Cafe has been in Prince Rupert since the 1920's and I highly recommend the halibut and chips. Lip Smaking good! A few more things I can recommend for your visit to Prince Rupert is to bring lots of layers. No matter what time of year, this is northern port city, and the weather tends to change frequently. And because Prince Rupert and the surrounding area is vast in terms of geography, make sure you leave lots of time to play!