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Prince Rupert, British Columbia Cruise Port

Cruise through western Canada's Skeena River near the Alaskan Panhandle and you'll reach the lovely Kaien Island. Here, you'll find the port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, the land, air, and water transportation hub of BC's North Coast – and a place with the quaint label “The City of Rainbows.” In 1910, the town was named for Germany’s Prince Rupert of the Rhine, and it continued to grow steadily over the next several decades. American troops helped by contributing to the construction of the Yellowhead Highway, which connects Prince Rupert to the mainland. Fishing was a main source of income, with the town called "Halibut Capital of the World" until the 1980s. Important for tourism, Prince Rupert is a central point on the Inside Passage that runs along the Pacific coast from Vancouver to Skagway, Alaska. Here are some of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia:
 
  • Learn more about the area's past at the Museum of Northern British Columbia. Located in a building resembling an aboriginal longhouse, exhibits give a historical overview of indigenous peoples who existed here for thousands of years before the Europeans arrived. You'll also see Haida, Gitksan, and Tsimshian art, and totem poles scattered throughout.
     
  • Prince Rupert is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, and the Butze Rapids Park and Trail is one of the town's most popular scenic sites. Wander through the lush forest, hike the three-mile trail, and stop on the viewing platform to gaze at the rapids.
     
  • Wildlife lovers will find animals of both the land and sea variety. Take a guided tour or go by kayak, if adventurous to do some whale-watching. Here, you'll find the highest concentration of humpback whales in North America. Depending on the time of year you visit, your marine excursion might also include orcas, dolphins, and sea lions.
     
  • If you're looking for wildlife of a furrier type, take a boat to visit Canada's only Grizzly Bear Sanctuary. Available through several knowledgeable tour groups, you can get fairly close to these amazing creatures, set against a gorgeous natural backdrop while bald eagles soar by.

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