Prince Rupert Port is an interesting place to visit in the Northwest coast of British Columbia, Canada. The Prince Rupert port of call is strategically located in Kaien Island. It is among Canada’s fiords and is also reported to be Canada’s rainiest city with 97.5 inches of rainfall annually. The northland terminal is generally ice free all year round. This port city is located near the mouth of the Skeena River and thus making it one of the busiest ports in Canada. Arriving on Prince Rupert cruise port is indeed breathtaking as you skirt along hundreds of islands and as you go along their mist shrouded streets.
The Rupert Square Shopping Center is located at the heart of the city. Established in the year 1974, the mall has been a major shopping destination of the locals and travelers as well. You can find a lot of items from electronic gadgets, women’s wear, men’s apparel, and children’s clothing, to sports gears. Another shopping destination that you should not miss is the Cow Bay Shopping District. The shops are converted historical buildings built on pilings over the water; today you will find a variety of shops, boutiques, souvenir shops and food cafes. There are also shops downtown that you can stop by and get some souvenir items. It lies at the end of the Trunk Pacific Railroad; expect to find scenic archaic buildings with gardens, fountains and totem poles inside the vicinity.
Things to See
The North Pacific Historic Fishing Village is a national historic site that visitors love to see. It is a complete North Pacific Cannery village where you can experience good food, cozy living, awesome wildlife and spectacular scenery. Tours can include canning process, early native lifestyles and fishing methods.
The Museum of Northern BC on the other hand, is a tourist destination that features archaeological relics and artifacts, art works and oral history; it dramatizes the Northwest Coast culture and history.
Pike Island is a tiny mass of land that is inhabited by a forest canopy. It hosts a total of five archaeological sites dating back 1,800 years. Visitors can learn about the traditional uses of cedar and other plants when walking along the historic trails of the island.
Restaurants and Bars
Dining in Prince Rupert wouldn’t be complete without trying their seafood, ice cream and coffee. Cowpuccino’s Coffee House is best known for its home-made selection of soups and sandwiches, coffee, ice cream and muffins that will surely complete your mornings. Zorbas Taverna offers excellent traditional ethnic dishes that will surely make you ask for more. Be sure to try their Vampire Pizza which is made up of mozzarella, jalapenos and lots of fresh garlic! For a taste of Chinese cuisines in town, you can check out Galaxy Gardens Delights. The restaurant showcases beautifully sketched windows and a huge water tank with lobsters and other edible sea animals in it. What started out as a taxi stand is now a nice café named Smiles Seafood Café. The food shop offers sumptuous seafood dishes at reasonable prices.