Prince Rupert

Aerial View of Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert is a small port city on the northwest coast of British Columbia, Canada. The population of 13,000 people is about half First Nations (native Canadian) people. The Tsimshian Nation is the indigenous First Nations in the Prince Rupert area. Prince Rupert holds the title of rainiest city in Canada, with about 2500 mm of precipitation annually. That's more than double the notoriously rainy Vancouver. Bring good rain gear.

Get in

By plane

Digby Island Ferry

– WMO: 71022), Digby Island (board shuttle at Highlander Plaza Hotel (815 - 1st Avenue West) and take bus and ferry),  +1 250 624-6274, e-mail: . Su-F 8AM - 7:55PM, Sa 10:30AM - 3PM. Prince Rupert has domestic service by small turboprop airliner. Flights take two hours each way, but because of the additional time required to reach Digby Island (just west of Kaien Island and downtown Prince Rupert) by airport bus and ferry, it takes about four hours to travel between downtown Prince Rupert and Vancouver International Airport.

By car

View on Highway 16 on the way to Prince Rupert

By vehicle take Highway 16 west from Prince George. The drive takes roughly eight hours. It is not advisable to drive this road in winter months unless you are familiar with treacherous winter highway conditions.

By boat

Vehicle ferries connect to various destinations:

Cruise ship at the old Atlin Terminal

With the opening of the Northland Cruise Terminal in 2004, Prince Rupert is a port of call for cruise ships plying the inland passage, serving over 50,000 visitors each season. The Northland Terminal is in Cow Bay, close (up a short hill) to the downtown core. Many shore excursions can be accessed at the Atlin terminal (just east of Northland), ranging from bus, boat and seaplane sight seeing tours to saltwater fishing, kayaking and native cultural experiences.

By bus

By train

Get around

Most of downtown Prince Rupert is accessible on foot. A good place to get oriented is the Visitor Information Centre, located on the east end of the Atlin Terminal.

Prince Rupert has seven bus routes serving all sections of the city. A taxi ride anywhere in town will be no more than ten dollars.


Totem pole in front of the First Nations Carving Shed
One of the totem poles and view from Totem Park


Prince Rupert is famous for its fishing expeditions. Mostly salmon and halibut, with potential catches over a hundred pounds.






Go next

Visit the Haida Gwaii for a unique wilderness adventure you will never forget.

Routes through Prince Rupert

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