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Prince Rupert, on the north coast of British Columbia, is busy with travelers throughout the summer. The area has been home to the Coast Tsimshian natives for thousands of years. The Museum of Northern British Columbia highlights their history (and you can watch totem poles being carved beside the museum), but the best way to learn about these people is by joining a guided tour to Laxspa’aws (Pike Island). Built in 1889, the North Pacific Historic Fishing Village is one of the last remaining of 1,000 similar facilities that were once operating along the west coast of North America. Wildlife is varied and prolific. Prince Rupert is the ...

Prince Rupert, on the north coast of British Columbia, is busy with travelers throughout the summer. The area has been home to the Coast Tsimshian natives for thousands of years. The Museum of Northern British Columbia highlights their history (and you can watch totem poles being carved beside the museum), but the best way to learn about these people is by joining a guided tour to Laxspa’aws (Pike Island). Built in 1889, the North Pacific Historic Fishing Village is one of the last remaining of 1,000 similar facilities that were once operating along the west coast of North America. Wildlife is varied and prolific. Prince Rupert is the gateway to the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, but even from town, you’re likely to spot bald eagles, seals, and even black bears. The city has always been a hub for travelers but has never been seen as a destination in itself. That began changing in the early 1990s, with the redevelopment of Cow Bay and the arrival of the first cruise ships a decade ago. Now you’ll find a variety of tour operators, kayak rentals, and a range of accommodations and restaurants.

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Over the last 20 years, Andrew Hempstead has authored and updated more than 60 guidebooks for Avalon Travel, Frommer’s, Michelin, Odyssey, Dorling Kindersley, Michelin, and Sasquatch Books, including many books on Canada.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Prince Rupert is a port city in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Located on Kaien Island, Prince Rupert is the land, air, and water transportation hub of British Columbia's North Coast.
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    June through August