Prince Rupert

Population: 13,392

Prince Rupert is located on Kaien Island on the west coat of Bristish Columbia, 448 miles west of Prince George via Yellowhead Highway 16, 90 miles by  air or water from Ketchikan, AK. 

Visitor Information: Tourism Prince Rupert Visitor Centre located at 200-215 Cow Bay Road, open daily in summer. Phone 800-667-1994 or 250-624-5637.

Prince Rupert, “Gateway to Alaska,” was surveyed by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (later Canadian National Railways) in the early 1900s. Incorporated as a city in 1910, Prince Rupert attracted settlers responding to the enthusiasm of Charles M. Hays, president of the railroad company, who dreamed of a population of 50,000 and world markets supplied by his railroad. (Both the city and the railway suffered a great loss when Charles M. Hays went down with the Titanic in April 1912.) The first train arrived at Prince Rupert in 1914, linking the western port with the rest of Canada.

Prince Rupert is the second major deep-sea port on Canada’s west coast, exporting grain, pulp, lumber and other resources to Europe and Asia. With the start of the Alaska State Ferry System in 1963, and the British Columbia Ferry System in 1966, Prince Rupert became an important visitor centre and terminal point for highway, rail and marine transportation.

Prince Rupert offers complete visitor facilities, with lodging at motels/hotels and bed-and-breakfasts; dining at local restaurants; gas stations; supermarkets and shopping centres; a government liquor store, banks, laundromats and and services. Camping in town by the ferry terminal at Prince Rupert RV Campground and east of the city at Prudhomme Lake Provincial Park.


  • Museum of Northern British Columbia/Ruth Harvey Art Gallery displays an outstanding collection of artifacts depicting the settlement history of British Columbia’s north coast.
  • Experience the historic ambience and unique dining and shopping experiences of Cow Bay, located along the waterfront northeast of downtown.
  • Visit the Railway Museum at Kwinitsa Station, one of the few surviving stations of the nearly 400 built along the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway line.
  • Take a tour boat around Kaien Island, go whale watching and grizzly bear viewing with local charter services.
  • See a dramatic reversing tidal rapid at Butze Rapids viewpoint (best viewing is about an hour after low tide).
  • Swim at Diana Lake provincial park, the only freshwater swimming in the Prince Rupert area.
  • Numerous fresh- and saltwater fishing areas are available near Prince Rupert.