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Romance in the Rainforest: How to Spend Date Night in Prince Rupert

Romance in the Rainforest: How to Spend Date Night in Prince Rupert

You don’t need to leave the romance at home when you travel. Here’s how to date night in Prince Rupert.

Looking for a romantic weekend away? Prince Rupert checks all the boxes: spectacular scenery, charming restaurants, and a laid-back, unhurried pace. The city’s relative isolation — set deep within the rainforest and on the edge of the wild Pacific — leaves little room for distractions, ideal for spending time with a loved one. Plus, there’s something inherently romantic about the area’s elemental forces, from the meditative lapping of waves against rocky shoreline to sunsets, deep red and orange, which colour a darkening sky.

It’s a place that invites you into the present, and who better to share in that than with your significant other? Rain or shine, here’s how to date night in the city of rainbows.

Hit up Happy Hour at Wheelhouse Brewing

Wheelhouse Brewing in Prince Rupert/ Mary Clemens

Kick things off with happy hour at Wheelhouse Brewing, our much-loved local brewery. The go-to spot for many locals (and visitors), this nautical-themed brewery housed in a fully restored and renovated historical train station by the water has no shortage of tasty pints and good vibes. If the sun is shining, pull up a seat on the outdoor patio with your sweetheart. Must-try beers? The Gillnetter Golden Ale is a classic, but you also can’t go wrong with the Flagship Pale Ale, Kazu Maru IPA, or when in season, the popular Scurvy Dog Spruce Ale. The brewery also frequently hosts live music. Check to see if there’s a show later that night for a fun way to wind down date night.

Explore Cow Bay & Stroll the Waterfront

Rushbrook Trail in Prince Rupert / Shayd Johnson

Walk off your pint and stroll hand-in-hand along the waterfront. From Wheelhouse Brewing, cruise down the road to Atlin Terminal, then along the water’s edge via the multi-use pedestrian path that links Cow Bay to the Rotary Waterfront Park. Along the way, keep watch for seals playfully poking their heads above the water — the thrill of wildlife spotting is always best shared with someone else. Continue on to      Rushbrook Floats, a near-guaranteed place to spot bald eagles. Hungry? Bob’s on the Rocks, housed in a quaint red-and-white building next to the docks, is a great place to split fish n’ chips. (They’re open seasonally from May to October)

Grab Sushi at Fukasaku

Fukasaku in Prince Rupert/ Marty Clemens

For an intimate, date-night dinner spot, head to Fukasku. This small, cozy sushi restaurant seats only 14 tables and features spectacular views of the harbour. Serving impossibly fresh sushi, made using sustainably and locally caught seafood, it can be hard to choose what to order. Instead, opt for the omakase and let the chef choose. On tap you’ll find Wheelhouse beers and BC wines. Post-dinner, walk up to Charley’s Lounge, located in the Crest Hotel, for dessert and a nightcap. The patio is a great place to watch the sun set — which, if you happen to be visiting around summer solstice, is after 10pm, meaning you can linger together for hours while soaking in the views.

Other ways to up the romance ante in Prince Rupert? Book a floatplane tour with Ocean Pacific Air, head out for a sunset kayak, or relax together with a restorative yoga class at Zikhara Yoga.

Skeena Kayaking/ Marty Clemens

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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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