One of the great aspects of Prince Rupert is its size – and once there, visitors don't really require a vehicle unless they want to explore further afield.
Most accommodations are within walking distance of downtown and popular attractions. Furthermore, most guided tours leave from Cow Bay, only a few minutes stroll from most accommodations. However, a vehicle is required for exploring the surrounding area along scenic driving routes.
There are car rental agencies in Prince Rupert, and driving within the city and nearby does not require snow tires during the winter. However, if planning to drive east along Highway 16 towards Terrace, a four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle is recommended and snow tires are a must. Though it's less than a two-hour drive, the weather can change from rain to snow to sunshine throughout the trip during the winter season.
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