When to visit
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What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
The 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
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 5 p.m.
100 First Avenue West, Prince Rupert / 250-624-3207
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.
215 Cow Bay, Prince Rupert
Where to eat
- $ Inexpensive
- $$ Moderate
- $$$ Upscale
- $$$$ Fine dining
The Waterfront Restaurant ($$-$$$)
As its name suggests, this restaurant, located within the Crest Hotel, offers a magnificent view of the Prince Rupert Harbour. The menu will also charm you with its unique blend of international styles and its excellent wine list. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
222 First Avenue West, Prince Rupert / 250-624-6771
Cowbay Café ($$-$$$)
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 Tuesday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner, Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
205 Cowbay Road, Prince Rupert / 250-627-1212
Dates: June 7 to 9, 2019
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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