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Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert

If Prince Rupert is your destination in British Columbia, chances are you're getting on the Alaska ferry for the Inside Passage going north, or going south on the BC ferry to Queen Charlotte Islands or Vancouver Island. And, this is a popular port stop for cruise ships. Here's our favorite things to do with kids in Prince Rupert.

Museum of Northern British Columbia
 

Museum of Northern British Columbia – For centuries Northwest Coast peoples lived in communities along this coast, and the museum is dedicated to the history and artifacts of the Tsimishian, Gitxsan and Nisga'a. Check out a beautiful collection of beautiful masks, clothing, baskets, coned hats, painted cedar boxes and carved argillite totem poles.

   

Playground – Down the road from the museum (east) on 1st Ave. is the Pacific Mariners Tot Playground, with climbing structures, grass to run around and benches. Next to the playground is a fishing boat, the Kazu Maru, – it floated here all the way from Japan.

   

Totem Pole walk – Prince Rupert has a nice collection of totem poles around town. Go for a walk to see them all.

Totem pole - Prince Rupert
    McBride St. and 1st Ave W. – Kitty corner from the Museum of Northern British Columbia is a wide grassy area with a beautifully weathered totem pole with Eagle clan emblems.
    McBride St. and 6th Ave – Walk south on McBride St. to 6th Ave. where you'll see a playground with swings, slides and climbing structures, picnic tables and a unpainted totem pole. This pole portrays a grizzly bear with frog, killer whale, hawk and eagle.
    McBride St. at the Aquatic Center – Continue walking south on McBride St. to the Aquatic and Civic Centre, where there's a nice collection three painted totem poles.
   

Cow Bay – It's fun to stroll around the colorful buildings of Cow Bay, stop in for a snack or ice cream, and look for starfish in the clear water off the dock and wooden walkways.

   

Whale watching cruises – The ocean off Prince Rupert is chock full of marine life. Go for a 3 - 4 hour whale watching cruise to see orca, minke and humpback whales, porpoises, sea lions, seals, and sea otters

 

Butze Rapids Interpretive Trail – This is a lovely hike through moss-covered  spruce and hemlock trees and along Grassy Bay. It's a good trail with boardwalks, not swampy or muddy, and there are picnic tables and benches along the way. The full loop trail is 5.4 km, or just 1.8km to the viewpoint overlooking the rapids (when the tide changes, the rapids are quite impressive).

     

The parking lot and trail head is 5 km south from Prince Rupert on Highway 16; pick up a map of the trail at the Visitor Centre in the Museum of Northern British Columbia.

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