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Discover History A glimpse to the past....Page 14 Rich culture....Page 15 Discover Adventure Getting here....Page 16 A drive to remember....Page 17 Discover Prince Rupert Walks, hikes and trails....Page 18 Our hidden treasures....Page 19 FAQ....Page 20 Rupert’s fun facts...Page 21 Call toll-free: 1-800-667-1994

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An urban oasis on the wild coast On British Columbia’s wild and beautiful North Coast, Prince Rupert is a vibrant town where nature, history, and personalities are larger than life. Legendary sport fishing, exceptional wildlife viewing, attractions that bring the coast’s ancient Aboriginal culture and pioneer heritage alive, and the urban pleasure of good restaurants, fascinating shops and colourful

neighborhoods make Prince Rupert the ideal choice for a family vacation, a corporate retreat, or a solo getaway. En route to Alaska and Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert is easily accessible by air, rail, ferry, car, RV or cruise ship. This year, we invite you to discover our nature.

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Wildlife watching Prince Rupert offers endless wildlife viewing opportunities. Within the city limits, deer wander the streets and eagles seem to outnumber people. Spending a quiet moment watching the boats along the waterfront is often rewarded by a glimpse of a harbour seal or one of many species of seabirds. Visit the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, the only one of its kind in Canada. The sanctuary contains 44,300 hectares of wilderness accessible only by boat or seaplane. The most popular option for visiting is a day trip spent observing the bears aboard a boat with a trained guide. Multi-day excursions offer a unique opportunity to spend time in the peaceful Khutzeymateen Inlet.

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Witness majestic humpback whales bubble-net feeding during a tour filled with marine life. Whales are plentiful in the waters around Prince Rupert. You could see humpbacks lunge feeding or bubble-netting, or orcas that frequent the area as they follow the migrating salmon. For most visitors, the sight of humpbacks or orcas leaves an impression that will last a lifetime. The timing of your visit will determine the species you see. There is a good chance you’ll see more than whales or bears on your tour as harbour seals, stellar sea lions, porpoises, eagles and many more creatures are present in the area.



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Sport fishing Place yourself aboard a fully equipped charter boat on the Pacific Ocean, feeling the salt spray and sea wind as you wait for the first strike on your line. From the beautiful island speckled waters of Chatham Sound to the wide open currents of the Hecate Strait to pristine steep mountain-lined fjords, the opportunities to fish in stellar locations are endless. This is the fishing experience that awaits you in Prince Rupert, a sport fishing destination to rival any in the world.

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The waters around Prince Rupert are rich in the nutrients that support an abundant resident fish population and straddle the migratory salmon routes. All five species of salmon can be found in these waters: chinook, coho, chum, pink, and sockeye. You can also jig for halibut or lingcod and enjoy crab, prawns and shrimp. You can hire the services of one of several experienced and knowledgeable sport fishing guides for day or overnight trips. Those who prefer freshwater angling will reap dramatic rewards. The Skeena River is one of British Columbia’s most important salmon producers, and is famous for its wild salmon and steelhead. The bar fishing is phenomenal. The wilderness around Prince Rupert is sprinkled with lakes and streams that feature great cutthroat and rainbow trout fishing as well. The North Coast offers more fish and fewer crowds, so escape the crowd in the last frontier of sport fishing.

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Outdoor fun The ability to get out in the great outdoors is easy in Prince Rupert. There are a number of paths and trails in Prince Rupert that allow a leisurely exploration of the harbour and the coastal rainforest. Don’t miss Butze Rapids, a groomed trail located five kilometres from Prince Rupert on Hwy. 16, offering an interpretive walk through second and old growth forest, and featuring reversing tidal rapids. The Metlakatla Wilderness Trail weaves the Tsimshian Peninsula, crossing inlets, streams, and marshes with boardwalks, suspension bridges, and a forest canopy viewing tower. The trail begins a short ferry ride from Prince Rupert in the First Nations community of Metlakatla. For golf enthusiasts, it is uncommon to experience a round of golf at Prince Rupert Centennial Golf Course without a wildlife sighting. Always lush and vibrant, this wonderfully scenic North Coast course is admired for its natural beauty, high level of conditioning, and strategic challenge. Some of the amenities include a putting green, pro-shop, golf lessons, restaurant and a bar. Kayaking is easy to master and is the perfect way to explore the coastal environment, allowing you to quietly study the wild coastline.

Discover Nature For winter enthusiasts, skiing is a popular activity in Northern British Columbia. Shames Mountain, located between Terrace and Prince Rupert offers not only deep powder, but amazing panoramic vistas amidst the majestic Coast Mountain Range. More on outdoor recreational opportunities in Prince Rupert and area can be found on Page 18.


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Visitors to Prince Rupert will find a wide variety of accommodations including campsites, hostels, cabins, bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels and lodges.

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Most hotels and motels are located in or close to the downtown area while the bed and breakfasts are scattered throughout the city and in some of the outlying villages. Lodges are further away from the city and are usually accessed by boat or seaplane. With over 700 rooms in Prince Rupert you’re sure to find one that meets your needs. Many have restaurants on the premises, and some have kitchenettes. Some of our properties overlook the ocean or have harbour views. Our bed and breakfasts are as varied as the people who run them, and whichever you choose, you’re sure to enjoy a good night’s sleep and be treated to some local hospitality and a great breakfast in the morning. For the budget conscious visitor there are wonderful hostel facilities available in Prince Rupert. Enjoy your stay in a cozy environment where you can trade stories with over travellers. Many visitors to Northern BC enjoy camping or have travelled by RV. There are camping and RV facilities in Prince Rupert, but space does usually fill up in the summer months so reservations are encouraged. Visitors to Prince Rupert may book with confidence when making a reservation at one of the properties listed in this guide as they have all received their Tourism BC Approved Accommodation designation.

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A full calendar of Events Throughout the year, “Rupertites” gather to celebrate heritage, sports, culture and northern lifestyle in an ambitious schedule of festivals.

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join hundreds of players of all ages for competition in four different divisions.

The largest summer celebration is Seafest, held the second weekend of June. The four-day festival includes one of the largest parades in Northern B.C., a full day of activites downtown on Saturday and activites along the waterfront on Sunday.

Depending on the timing of your trip, you may also find yourself joining residents in celebrating Canada Day at Mariner’s Park on July 1, Winterfest on the first weekend of December, Children’s Festival in early March, the Udder Theatre Festival in August, Halloween Fest on October 31 or National Aboriginal Day on June 21.

Another iconic event in Prince Rupert is the All Native Basketball Tournament held every February. It is Canada’s largest First Nations basketball competition and the longest running event in Northern B.C. Every year thousands of fans

Theatre performances at the Lester Centre of the Arts, bonspiels at the curling club, scrambles and tournaments at the Golf Course and other gatherings like, Smolt Fest, round out the social calendar on the North Coast.

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The most uniquely Prince Rupert shopping experience can be found in an area named Cow Bay, due to cows being loaded off boats in the area in the early days of the city. Here visitors can shop along the waterfront and enjoy the beautiful scenery offered by the harbour. As for the shopping itself, the selection in Cow Bay is as interesting as the place itself. Here you will find locally owned boutique shops carrying North Coast and Canadian gifts and trinkets located next to funky coffee shops and restaurants selling seafood, sushi and everything in between. Cow Bay is also the place for art lovers with the opening of the Ice House artist’s cooperative. The Atlin Market location features work from local artists in any medium you can imagine - from photography and paintings to knit clothing to glass and shell work to some things that need to be seen to be believed. Cow Bay is also home to the new Port Interpretive Centre, which offers a glimpse into the role overseas shipping plays in Prince Rupert and how the operations work. Downtown Prince Rupert Prince Rupert’s downtown core stretches for eight blocks along Second and Third Avenue West starting on McBride Street - the entry to town. Walking along the sidewalk on Third Avenue you’ll pass thrift shops, electronics stores, restaurants, jewellery shops, coffee shops, clothing stores and banks. You’ll also pass City Hall, the historic Besner Block building, a statue of town founder Charles Hays and a totem pole. Along Second Avenue you can expect to see everything from gaming stores to a pet shop to a news stand to fishing tackle to restaurants, convenience stores, gas stations and everything in between. Many of the stores are locally owned and operated stores

you won’t find elsewhere, but you’ll also see some familiar brand name chain stores, highlighting the variety of business in Prince Rupert. Rupert Square Mall If you prefer to find everything under one roof, the Rupert Square Mall is the place for you. The mall features brand name chains that carry clothing, hardware, electronics, shoes, cosmetics and much, much more beside restaurants and service businesses like insurance and banks. The Rupert Square Mall is THE one stop shopping location here on the north coast.

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Conferences and events Make your next meeting unique by choosing Prince Rupert, an urban oasis in the coastal wilderness. From contemporary state-of-the-art spaces with spectacular ocean views to unique meeting spaces in a museum setting, Prince Rupert adds atmosphere to your meeting. Excellent facilities and professional support services for your conference and event are just the beginning.

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A GLIMPSE TO THE PAST Many visitors begin their exploration of the North Coast at the longhouse-style building that houses the Museum of Northern British Columbia. As you explore the museum galleries you will discover the rich diversity of North Coast nations and their unique ceremonial art — as well as Prince Rupert’s history in railway construction and the development of a port city. North Pacific Cannery was established in 1889 and ran almost continuously for one hundred years until it was named a National Historic Site in 1989. North Pacific is the most complete remaining salmon cannery of the thousand that once dotted the west coast from California to Alaska. A visit to the museum, in its remarkable river setting, will transport you back to the hectic days of cannery life when large communities

of diverse ethnic backgrounds gathered to harvest the salmon. A series of other museums explore the wealth of European history in the city. At the Kwinitsa Railway Museum, visitors can experience the life of early station agents and linemen who worked the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway at the turn of the century. The Firehall Museum features many artifacts demonstrating the history of the fire department since 1908, such as a rebuilt 1925 R.E.O. Speedwagon fire engine. Prince Rupert Archives, located at City Hall, offers a unique glimpse into the history of the community, while the Port Interpretive Centre, in Atlin Terminal, provides an interactive exploration of Prince Rupert’s vibrant seaport.

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Rich Culture Prince Rupert lies at the heart of the traditional territory of the Tsimshian First Nation. Tsimshian territory is bordered by the traditional lands of the Gitxsan, Nisga’a, Haida and Heiltsuk people, many of whom today make their home in Prince Rupert as well as in their traditional communities along the coast. For countless generations Tsimshian communities presented the familiar line of post and beam houses along the forest’s edge in sheltered bays, with magnificent canoes drawn up on the beach and tall crest poles telling the story of each house and family. Today these first people bring rich traditions, including unique art and architecture, that are still part of our daily lives. As you explore Prince Rupert you will find many crest poles, or totem poles, that bear witness to the ancient traditions of the First Nations. Many of the most famous Northwest Coast artists live and work in Prince Rupert. Throughout the community you will find original sculptures, prints and jewellery, and possibly even be able to observe artists at work. The Northwest Coast of America came to European attention during the

Discover History Age of Discovery, when Spain, England and Russia all competed to expand their influence on the Pacific coast, but it was trade that brought Europeans into direct and last contact with the First Nations of the coast. The fur trade led the newcomers to see that the real wealth here was salmon. By the end of the 19th century, dozens of cannery villages were scattered throughout this area to take advantage of the rich salmon runs of the Skeena and Nass rivers. The selection of Kaien Island as the terminus of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, and the arrival of the first surveyors on the future site of Prince Rupert in 1906, was the beginning of Prince Rupert. Throughout the 20th century the little port city became known for its fishing, logging, and transportation activities.

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Getting here Prince Rupert is easily accessibly by road, ferry, rail, air, yacht or even cruise ship, and the journey is a big part of your visit.

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If you want to experience B.C.’s famous Inside Passage, BC Ferries and the Alaska Marine Highway System operate routes to and from Prince Rupert connecting to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands), and Alaska. You can travel as a foot passenger, or cruise with your vehicle. Once on board you will find attractive passenger lounges with viewing windows and outdoor observation areas to ensure you don’t miss the spectacular scenery. You will also find food services, cabins, and gift shops to make sure your time on the ferry is enjoyable. Rail travel offers a relaxing way for visitors to experience VIA Rail’s Skeena Route, offering service between Prince Rupert and Jasper, Alberta, with an overnight stop at Prince George, B.C. This route allows guests to take in some of British Columbia and Alberta’s most impressive scenery. The train is equipped with comfortable passenger cars with on-board dining options, making rail travel an attractive option for many visitors. Air travel is easy with daily flight connections from Vancouver. Two airlines provide service to Prince Rupert: Air Canada and Hawkair. Both airlines operate out of the Vancouver International Airport.

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A drive to remember Driving to Prince Rupert is one of the most scenic ways of getting here. The possibilities are truly endless. Land access from Prince George is via the Trans-Canada Yellowhead Hwy. 16 with connections south from Vancouver, north from Dawson Creek (Hwy 97) or east from Alberta (Hwy 16), all intersecting in Prince George. Hwy. 16 connects to Hwy 37 for travel south from Stewart / Hyder and the Yukon. Just outside of Prince Rupert, follow the famous Skeena River and take in the breathtaking views of the Coast Mountains rising straight up along the horizon.

This 140 kilometre drive connecting Prince Rupert to Terrace is a must see for visitors driving through Northern B.C. Other highlights include a labyrinth of secondary and forest roads, and two ferry systems await those looking for the ultimate road trip. You will find awe-inspiring scenery and friendly people. Bring your camera, fishing gear, hiking boots and sense of adventure, as it truly doesn’t get any better than this. Whether you’re travelling by car, RV, or organized bus tour, travelling north, south, east or west, circle tours allow you to move at your own pace and choose your own path. So set aside some time and join us in Prince Rupert as part of your life-changing adventure.

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Walks, hikes and trails and over gradually undulating terrain in the midst of residential property via trails, bridges and stairs.

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Moresby Pond Access: Turn left after the 2nd Avenue Bridge on to Moresby Street. This loop trail provides a great walk through second growth woodland to the Moresby Lagoon. This area is visited by deer and many types of birds, and has become a popular nesting place for herons. Sometimes, beaver activity can be seen around the lagoon.

Butze Rapids Interpretive Trail Access: Located five kilometres east of Prince Rupert on Hwy 16, after the industrial site. Public transportation available through the Prince Rupert Transit System. Butze Rapids is a natural feature, which is due to the ebb and flow of the tide around Kaien Island, causing the narrow body of water (Fern Passage) to reverse or change direction on the flood and ebb of each tide. The trail winds through second and old growth forests, in the Coastal Western Hemlock zone. There are many open muskeg swamps or bogs where “bonsai” type Shore Pine are stunted due to the poor growing conditions. To view the rapids, there is a lookout/viewpoint 1800 meters from the Butze Rapids parking lot. McClymont Park (Left) Access: Opposite the Civic Centre on McBride Street, or George Hills Way. A pleasant stroll through McClymont Park along Hays Creek. The trail winds through second growth woodland

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Diana Lake Provincial Park Access: 16 kilometres east of Prince Rupert. This park offers a wide variety of water-based activities. Swimming and canoeing are popular activities. There is a nature trial that winds through lush coastal rainforest. All five species of Pacific salmon, as well as steelhead, rainbow trout and dolly varden can be found in the lakes and creeks around the park. Observe spawning salmon in Diana Creek in August and September. The entrance gate is locked daily from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. This provincial park is open from mid-May to September.

Metlakatla Wilderness Trail Access: Seven kilometres from Prince Rupert via ferry. The ferry departs from the Metlakatla Ferry Dock at the foot of McBride Street on Cow Bay Road. The trail is approximately 10 kilometres (20 kilometres return) and weaves through the forest along the Tsimshian Peninsula. It crosses inlets, streams, and marshes with boardwalks, suspension bridges, and a two-tiered interconnected  forest canopy viewing tower. Access to secluded beaches and picnic spots can also be found along the trail. There is a fee to access the trail.

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The Sunken Garden The Sunken Garden was originally excavated as the first foundation for the adjacent Provincial Court House, and served as munitions storage during the Second World War. Today the Sunken Garden includes walkways and benches for quiet contemplation amidst local and exotic floral gardens, including a Japanese garden and butterfly garden.

Park is dedicated to those who lost their lives at sea. One of the most touching stories told here is of the fishing vessel Kazu Maru. Kazukio Sakamoto sailed aboard this vessel from Owase, Japan, and was tragically lost at sea. Two years later his boat was found and brought into Prince Rupert for identification. When it was realized that the Kazu Maru came from Owase, Prince Rupert’s sister city, the vessel was lovingly restored and given a position of honour in Mariners’ Park.

Colonial Revival style, City Hall is a classic Art Deco building but with unique Tsimshian detail instead of the traditional Greco-Roman motifs. Watch for the booklet Heritage Walking Tours in bookstores for more information.

Murals Several businesses in Prince Rupert have been adding murals depicting coastal themes by artisi Jeff King. Watch for them throughout the downtown area and in Cow Bay.

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City Hall Prince Rupert features surprisingly diverse architectural styles. One of the most stunning examples is City Hall. Standing next to the flamboyant Besner Block, with its Spanish

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Frequently asked questions What is the weather like? Summer temperatures climb into the mid teens and low 20s Celsius/low to mid-60s Fahrenheit. Rainfall is approximately 250 cm/100 inches annually. What clothing should I bring?

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Unless you are coming from an extremely warm, dry climate, most days you should be comfortable in slacks, a short sleeved shirt and a light sweater. During the evening you will likely prefer a warm sweater or fleece. Because weather can change quickly, dress in layers and carry breathable-water resistant clothing. If you are planning a water or wilderness excursion, contact the operator for further instructions. Should I book ahead? Yes! The arrival and departure of trains and ferries creates an ebb and flow of visitors, which can result in no vacancies on peak travel days. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.

salmon fishing visit or call (250) 627-3499 for saltwater fishing or (250) 6273409 for freshwater fishing inquiries. Canada Border Services

Where is the airport located? The airport is located on Digby Island and is only accessible by ferry. Bus and ferry transportation is provided for all airline travellers. For those arriving by private plane or those meeting a seaplane, ground transport is available from the terminal to the Digby Island dock. Visit for more information. How far is it to Vancouver? It is 770 kilometres / 478 miles. Driving distance is 1502 kilometres / 933 miles. Where can I get information on road conditions? Visit for up to date road conditions, events and highway cameras, or call 1-800-550-4997. How do I get from the train or ferry to my hotel?

Below is the information on identification required for travelling to Canada at time of print. Identification for U. S. citizens If you are a U.S. citizen, ensure you carry proof of citizenship such as a passport, birth certificate, a certificate of citizenship or naturalization, a U.S. Permanent Resident Card, or a Certificate of Indian Status along with photo identification. For all modes of entry, we recommend you carry a valid passport for all travel abroad, including visits to Canada from the United States. A passport may be required by your airline or alternative transportation authority, as it is the only universally-accepted identification document. Citizens and permanent residents of the United States who are members of the NEXUS or FAST programs may present their membership cards to the CBSA as proof of identity and as documents that denote citizenship, when arriving by land or marine modes only.

Taxis are available for incoming trains and ferries. Where are the Sani-dumps located? Petro Canada, 100 Grassy Bay Lane Port Edward Sani-Dump, Skeena Drive Where can I find information on fishing regulations? For information on B.C. tidal waters and freshwater

Identification for International visitors The Government of Canada requires that all travellers carry a valid passport because it is the only reliable and universally-accepted travel and identification document for the purpose of international travel. For more information, contact the Canada Border Services Agency at or call 1-800461-9999 (within Canada), 1-204-983-3500 or 1-506636-5064.

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Prince Rupert’s fun facts Prince Rupert – The Man Prince Rupert was the son of Frederick V, King of Bohemia and Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of James I of England. Prince Rupert is acclaimed as the most talented Royalist commander of the English Civil War (1642’51) and became the first governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1670. Our community was named after Prince Rupert following a nation-wide contest. Prince Rupert – The City Prince Rupert’s current population is approximately 13,000. The city was incorporated March 10, 1910. It was British Columbia’s first planned city, and its name was selected in a nation-wide contest. Prince Rupert is situated on Kaien Island, connected to the mainland by a short bridge. It has three Sister Cities: Ketchikan, Alaska; Cangzhou, China; and Owase, Japan. An Island City Prince Rupert is located on an island. Kaien Island takes its name from a Tsimshian word meaning “of foam”. Combinations of tide-rip and rain produce quantities of foam, which can extend for a mile or so south of the island. Tugwell Island Visible from Roosevelt Park, this island is made entirely of rock debris left at the western edge of a retreating glacier some 14,000 years ago. Glaciers carved out the soft rock in what is now Prince Rupert’s deep harbour, and rounded the peaks of the surrounding mountains. When Kaien Island was formed, glaciers extended from the island, back over the mountains behind the island.

Downtown by Default Original plans called for Prince Rupert’s downtown to be situated along Second Avenue, the main thoroughfare. When the lots were auctioned in 1909, speculators drove up land prices; so, many wishing to establish businesses purchased lots on Third Avenue West. Many of the lots on Second Avenue were too costly for re-sale and Third Avenue, by default became the business core. Cow Bay One of the oldest areas in Prince Rupert, Cow Bay is officially named Cameron Cove. When the first dairy herd arrived in 1906, no dock had yet been built. The cows had to jump into the water and swim ashore, and the place they landed became known as “cow bay.” Today, this waterfront area is a funky shopping and dining district with a number of historic buildings, many built on pilings. World’s Largest Salmon Processor The Canadian Fishing Company on Drydock Road in Cow Bay is the world’s largest salmon processor. Recycled Fish Plant The Atlin Terminal in Cow Bay began life as the Atlin Fish Plant in 1913, a halibut processing plant owned by Sidney Smith from Kansas. Note the halibut relief cast in the concrete foundation near the north end of the building. Port of Prince Rupert Prince Rupert Harbour is the world’s third deepest, icefree natural harbour. Prince Rupert is also the most northerly railhead in North America. This northern location puts it closer to Asia than any Canadian or continental U.S. port.


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TEN THoUSAND yEARS of TRADE AND A WoRLD of oPPoRTUNiTy ALL iN oNE PLACE. Prince Rupert’s new Port Interpretive Centre is a place for exploration. Witness the history and operations of Canada’s leading-edge port through interactive multimedia, video, and displays. Meet the hard-working people and mammoth systems responsible for safely guiding ships and moving goods worth billions of dollars to destinations around the globe. This is your place to discover the Port of Prince Rupert: North America’s fastest-growing gateway to the Pacific.



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May 29, 2013  

Section Z of the May 29, 2013 edition of the The Northern View

May 29, 2013  

Section Z of the May 29, 2013 edition of the The Northern View