Prince Rupert is Canada’s wettest city and for this reason is commonly known as the “City of Rainbows”. The city experiences cool summers and mild winters. If you want to visit at the driest time of the year, then flights to Prince Rupert are best taken in the summer season, between the months of June and August. Cheap flights and better accommodation deals can generally be found between December and March.
Situated on the Northwest Coast of British Columbia, the Canadian city of Prince Rupert is a scenic destination that offers visitors a wealth of culture, adventure and wildlife. Occupying Kaien Island, which is linked to the mainland by a bridge, Prince Rupert is an urban oasis framed by unspoilt Canadian wilderness. The city lies in a sheltered harbour surrounded by islands dotted along the famous Inside Passage. Despite its isolated location, Prince Rupert is a cosmopolitan city with fabulous museums to explore, shopping outlets and many opportunities for wildlife and adventure activities. To the northeast of the city, you can discover the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, a protected park that is home to a grizzly bear population. Prince Rupert offers many other wildlife encounters, including whale watching and bird watching, and if you are a keen fisherman, this is a prime location for a spot of sport fishing or freshwater angling. If you prefer to explore the history of Prince Rupert, head to one of the city’s museums, such as the Kwinitsa Railway Museum, which displays railway life in the 1910s, or the The Firehall Museum, which displays artefacts from the fire department’s history since 1908. If you like to take a more active approach to your visit, take to one of the hiking trails around Prince Rupert, such as Butze Rapids, a popular trail that winds through forest to see Butze Rapids, a spectacular display of reversing tides. Butze Rapids also offers the most daring visitors the chance to experience an exciting white water kayak ride on the 15 ft (4.5 m) tides.
If you want to concentrate on Prince Rupert city centre, most of the area can be toured on foot. However, there are various travel options for touring the local area. There are seven bus routes that serve Prince Rupert, but you can also rent a taxi from a local taxi company. To visit other nearby destinations, you can drive on Highway 16, or take a train from Prince Rupert Station to reach Jasper in the east.
Prince Rupert Airport (YPR) is located 5.8 miles (9.3 km) to the west of the city on Digby Island. It takes about 15 minutes to reach Prince Rupert, either by boat, ferry, or helicopter. There is a shuttle service that can be booked to take you to Digby Island Dock. From there, you can catch a ferry across to Prince Rupert. Once you arrive at Fairview Dock, you will need to hire a taxi to take you to Prince Rupert, which can be booked in advance from the ferry. There is also the option of crossing by water taxi.