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Family-Friendly Activities in Prince Rupert

Family-Friendly Activities in Prince Rupert

Gather your crew and head out for a family-friendly getaway to Prince Rupert.

In need of a family vacation? There’s plenty for families to do in Prince Rupert, from tackling easy hikes together to getting acquainted with local marine life to visiting the family-friendly Wheelhouse Brewing where even adults can kick back and relax.

The area’s rugged nature means there’s space to explore, and take it from local residents who know there is no bad weather—just bad gear. So bring layers, a sense of adventure, and tackle these year-round activities for the whole family.

Explore Parks and Playgrounds

Let kids burn off pent up energy at one of Prince Rupert’s many parks and playgrounds. Pacific Mariner’s Park is a go-to spot for many young families. Here, kids can try out the awesome and well-used playground while parents can soak in the views overlooking Prince Rupert’s harbour. There are picnic tables for when you need to refuel with snacks, and the park’s statues, memorials, and replica ship bring the area’s nautical history to life while firing up young imaginations at the same time. Moose Tot Park is perfect for the young tot in your life and for teens, let them skate to their heart’s content at the local skate park, located across from the civic centre and swimming pool.

Stroll Local Trails and the Waterfront

One of the best places to look for wildlife in Prince Rupert is on a stroll of the waterfront. Scan the shoreline for eagles together listening for their distinct warbles, or see if you can spot the shiny heads of curious sea otters poking above the water. The short multi-use pedestrian path connecting Atlin Terminal to the Rotary Waterfront Park is ideal for young kids while Rushbrook Trail offers slightly older hikers a taste of the North Coast’s rugged scenery via a gravel path complete with bridges and short, gentle hills. For parents with little ones in a carrier, a hike along Butze Trail is a popular option. This moderate, five-kilometre loop winds through lush forest and offers views of Butze Rapids and the inlet. You can also rent a kayak from Skeena Kayaking to get out on the water in Kloiya Bay or the Prince Rupert Harbour.

Get Acquainted with Marine Life at the North Coast Ecology Centre Society’s Pop-Up

The Prince Rupert area is home to incredibly rich wild- and marine life, including glass sponge reefs, the rare Kermode beer, and Canada’s only natural grizzly bear sanctuary. The North Coast Ecology Centre Society is a champion of the area’s diverse ecosystems, and as they work towards building a permanent centre, you might be able to catch one of their fun and informative pop-ups. Kids will love peering into tanks housing local fish and invertebrates and the centre’s educational programs and tours mean you might just be able to catch a break—if only for 20 minutes.

Grab a Drink and a Bite to Eat

Parents need breaks, too. When your energy is lagging, head to Wheelhouse Brewing for happy hour. This community-oriented and family-friendly brewery has no shortage of tasty pints (for adults) and good vibes (for all ages). Have kids play a game of “I Spy” using the brewery’s nautical-themed decor, or bring art supplies and let them draw and sketch on the patio. Hungry post-pint? Wander down into Cow Bay where you can find fish & chips, sushi, pizza, burgers, and snacks galore!

Try Fishing Off The Docks

Get your kids hooked early! Prince Rupert is a fisher’s dream destination, so why not introduce them to the sport now? Stop by Seasport Marine or Bob’s on the Rocks to grab licenses and gear, then make your way to either the breakwater at Atlin Terminal or Rushbrook Floats where little ones can try and hook their very first fish.

Dive Into History at Local Museums and the North Pacific Cannery

Local museums offer a respite from the weather outside and a fascinating look at the area’s culture and history. The North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site is popular with young kids, and for good reason. There’s plenty to keep them entertained, from checking out the big machinery and replica general store to watching a toy train loop around a track. The Museum of Northern BC is an incredible resource for the area’s Indigenous roots and there’s something for everyone to learn. Young toddlers will want to check out the Prince Rupert Fire Museum, home to a totally restored 1925 REO Speedwagon fire truck.

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Julia Crawford

Julia is a freelance writer and editor based in Gibsons, BC. Originally from Prince Rupert, she now lives on the (occasionally sunny) Sunshine Coast. When not working, you can find her seeking out the best tacos, basketball culture, and stories wherever her travels take her.

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