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Prince Rupert, BCThe third-deepest natural ice-free harbour in the world, Prince Rupert is known as a port of call for cruise ships bound for Alaska, and as the departure point for many whale-watching tours.

Visitors to this harbour town are struck by its splendid views and friendly welcome. Prince Rupert's wet climate and frequent storms have given it a reputation as the "City of Rainbows". As the saying goes, "after the storm comes the calm" or, in this case, the rainbow!


Museum of Northern British Columbia

Museum of Northern British Columbia The Museum of Northern British Columbia celebrates the cultural and natural heritage of British Columbia's Northwest Coast. It houses the largest collection of First Nations artifacts in the region. The Museum Carving Shed, a working studio for First Nations artists, is open to the public. Visitors are always welcome to come and meet the artists.

Open daily from June-September, and Tuesday-Saturday from October-May, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Port of Prince Rupert

Port of Prince Rupert

One of the largest ports on the west coast. You will feel very small next to the huge cruise ships and freighters that dock here every day!

Visit the Port Interpretive Centre in Atlin Terminal to learn about the port's history and operations.

Where to eat

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  • $$$ Upscale
  • $$$$ Fine dining

The Waterfront Restaurant ($$-$$$)

As its name suggests, this restaurant, located within the Crest Hotel, offers a magnificent view of the Prince Rupert Harbour. The menu will also charm you with its unique blend of international styles and its excellent wine list.

Open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Cowbay Café ($$-$$$)

The Cowbay Café offers a menu inspired by the simplicity of rustic Italian cuisine with the freshness of local West Coast ingredients and seafood, and complemented by a wide variety of select British Columbian, Italian and International wines.

Open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

*** Hours may vary ***

Festivals calendar

Annual Seafest

Dates: June 10-12, 2022

This community festival is held every year on the second weekend in June. Packed with ocean-themed events and activities, food booths, and entertainment in Prince Rupert’s downtown and on the waterfront, Seafest promises a weekend of fun for the whole family.



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