I loved Prince Rupert. At first blush, as one arrives in the center of town, it does not look like much with its old buildings.
But the next morning, we had the pleasure of observing many of the First Nation people having breakfast in the hotel
dining room. The town has quite a number of First Nation people. Prince Rupert had a genuine feel that it existed for
more than tourists, something I find lacking in Cruise Ship port towns.
As is common to Canadian cities, Prince Rupert had a magnificent museum and it also had a historic cannery.
|BC Ferry from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert
We took the ferry from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert, a 15 hour trip, which is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at
10:30 p.m. with a required arrival at the ferry 90 minutes before departure.
The ferry is very large. There were quite a few RVs. Possibly they found this more reasonable with high gas prices.
The lounge was huge
and uncrowded. Almost
every couple had a
window seat. However,
there was a good view
from just about any of
the comfortable seats
with plenty of leg room.
There were no reserved
seats, but most
passengers claimed a
seat for the whole trip.
One of the most spectacular views was from
the men's room (right). There were a number
of whales and dolphins, but they did not
come close enough for pictures.
Food in the cafeteria was quite good and
reasonably priced. I had an excellent prime
rib roast for dinner. There are cabins, but we
saw no need for a cabin for a day time
The biggest negative was the lack of front
views. There were four round windows at the
front of the lounge facing forward. Otherwise,
the best views were from the side decks on
the upper level.
As anyone who has done the inside passage knows, the views are spectacular. Below, one of the several manned
lighthouses on the British Columbia coast.
Right, we catch up to
a cruise ship at 10
p.m., just before
going in to Prince
Rupert. The cruise
ship continued on to
Alaska as Prince
Rupert is not a cruise
cans of salmon
from the cannery.
There are seventeen totem poles around the
town reflecting the First Nation heritage.
Prince Rupert is the second largest port on the Canadian west coast. It is connected by railroad to Jasper and then
Edmonton. It is five hundred miles closer to Asia than Vancouver. One hundred and ten years ago, Prince Rupert had
aspirations of becoming the main port for the west coast of Canada.
Much of the produce from Alberta passes through this grainery.