Where we are

Prince Rupert is a transportation gateway in Northern BC, perfectly positioned to be accessible by road, air, rail, and sea.

Be Prepared

Prince Rupert is a remote community situated on the North Coast of British Columbia. Access is often difficult and cell phone reception can be spotty, so it’s important to be prepared when going out for an adventure.

Plan for adverse weather

Check the weather before you head out for any kind of adventure. It rains a lot in Prince Rupert, so good quality raingear is a must! We’re talking waterproof shoes, rain pants, raincoat, and a hat – the works.

Plan your route

Make sure to plan out where you’re going in advance and have an alternate route sketched out in case you run into issues. Read up on the route’s difficulty and any challenges you should anticipate.

Communicate your plan

Tell someone where you’re going and have a way to contact them in case you run into trouble.

Make sure you have some form of navigational/communication aid, such as a map, compass, GPS, cellular or satellite phone, or handheld radio.

Pack the right gear

In addition to quality rain gear, packing the right gear will be crucial if you run into issues in the wilderness. You could need things like:

  • Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Firemaking kit with waterproof matches or lighter and firestarter or candle
  • Signalling device, such as a whistle or mirror to signal searchers if you get lost
  • Extra food and water
  • Extra clothing (rain, wind, water protection).
  • Pocket knife
  • Sun protection such as glasses, sunscreen and hats

For more tips on preparing for outdoor adventures, visit https://www.adventuresmart.ca/

By Ferry

Prince Rupert is a port town and getting out on the ocean is a must. Arriving in the city by ferry is memorable, to say the least. This place is meant to be seen from the water. A great way to connect a visit to Prince Rupert with a wider itinerary is by sailing up the Inside Passage on BC Ferries.

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Riding the Northern Expedition with BC Ferries.Image by Mike Sheegal

BC Ferries

The Inside Passage connects Vancouver Island with the North Coast via a long series of inland channels, passing by the villages of Shearwater, Bella Bella, and Klemtu. The rest is virtually untouched coastal wilderness.

Prince Rupert is a port town and getting out on the ocean is a must. Arriving in the city by ferry is memorable, to say the least. This place is meant to be seen from the water. A great way to connect a visit to Prince Rupert with a wider itinerary is by sailing up the Inside Passage on BC Ferries.

By Rail

There’s something inherently romantic about travelling by train.

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Travelling with Via Rail. Image by Andrew Strain

VIA Rail

Chugging along on the tracks with Via Rail is a laid back way to get to Prince Rupert. A lot of people who have made the journey say it’s one of the world’s most scenic rail trips.

Once settled in, you can move around and interact with fellow passengers, chat with knowledgeable staff, or lose yourself in your thoughts to the backdrop of ever-changing scenery. The route journeys west from the national park town of Jasper, through the Robson Valley, following the Fraser River into Prince George, veering north through Burns Lake, Smithers, and New Hazelton, before finally tracking west along the Skeena River through Terrace to Prince Rupert.

By Air

Prince Rupert is located inside the wild landscape of the Great Bear Rainforest, and there’s no better way to experience it than from the air!

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Travelling by Float Plane. Image by Mike Ambach

Prince Rupert Airport

Another option for air travel to Prince Rupert is by seaplane, with chartered & scheduled flights running from Seal Cove to Haida Gwaii, neighbouring communities, and custom destinations. However you choose to fly, you’ll gain a fresh new perspective on our remote island community!

Flying into the Prince Rupert Airport on Digby Island, you’ll pass over the rugged coastline & jagged mountain peaks surrounding Kaien Island before landing on a remote island airstrip and deplaning at the newly renovated Prince Rupert airport. But the experience doesn’t end there. From the airport, you’ll take a shuttle onto the ferry from Digby Island, crossing the Prince Rupert Harbour to approach Prince Rupert from the water. You’ll have a spectacular view of Prince Rupert’s colourful waterfront downtown, before docking alongside the bustling activity of the Fairview Container Terminal. Your journey ends when you’re dropped off downtown Prince Rupert.

By Car

On the road, you’re in complete control of your itinerary. Random stops are the most rewarding: seeing a signpost for some tiny park and swerving into it spontaneously. It’s the not knowing that makes a moment like this so exciting. Is this going to be a boring roadside rest stop or a glimpse into a spectacular landscape? But there’s no such thing as boring in Northern BC. Everywhere you look there’s something epic to see.

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Camping and kayaking in Prince Rupert. Image by Andrew Strain.

Yellowhead Highway

While there’s only one road into Prince Rupert—the Yellowhead Highway—there are plenty of options for piecing together an awesome trip that takes in more than just the beautiful stretch of the Skeena River between Terrace and the end of the road.

You’ll pass through Smithers on your way to the coast and spending a day there is definitely worth it. The little mountain town always has something going on, whether it’s art, music, the farmer’s market, or just the bustle of people on Main Street. The town sits in the shadow of Hudson Bay Mountain, a massif that consists of four distinct peaks and includes Kathlyn Glacier, visible from the highway and accessed by a steep trail at Twin Falls Recreation Site. Across the valley are the imperious Babine Mountains, a provincial park crisscrossed by trails—a great spot for day hikes. Running through the centre of the valley is the Bulkley River, where in the summer and fall you’ll find countless anglers casting into the currents.

The Nass Valley, north of Terrace, makes for a memorable detour from the path to Prince Rupert. Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park is the site of a recent (around 250 year-old) volcanic eruption. The eruption claimed thousands of lives and destroyed two First Nations villages. Now, the park is jointly managed by the Nisga’a First Nation and BC Parks, and uniquely combines cultural heritage with natural history. The landscape is awesome, in the true sense of the word. Its contorted lava beds, still mostly devoid of vegetation, are straight out of another world and the mountains that rim the valley are jagged snow-capped peaks that look more like a painting than the real thing.

By Bus

A new way to road trip! BC Bus North is a great way to explore this beautiful part of the world in a comfortable and affordable way.

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Travel along Highway 16.

BC Bus

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery out of the large windows while professional drivers handle the road.

BC Bus north connects Prince Rupert to the rest of Northern BC twice per week. The Price Rupert <> Prince George schedule connects you to other communities like Terrace, Smithers, Burns Lake, Vanderhoof, and others in between. From Prince George, BC Bus North can also connect you to Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, and Dawson Creek.


Some frequently asked questions about our coastal community!

What is the weather like in Prince Rupert?

As a temperate rainforest, Prince Rupert enjoys a mild coastal climate. Summer temperatures can see a an average high of 18 degrees celsius and a low of 9 degrees celsius. Rainfall in Prince Rupert is approximately 250cm/100 inches annually

What clothing should I bring?

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 the weather can change quickly and rain is common in Prince Rupert, 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! Tours, hotels, and activities in Prince Rupert book up very quickly for the summer season so it’s important to book ahead. In particular, if you are looking to accquire a Ferry or Train ticket on your journey it is important to book in advance to secure a ticket.

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 www.ypr.ca for more information.

How far is it to Vancouver?

It is 770 kilometers / 478 miles. Driving distance is 1502 kilometers / 933 miiles.

Where can I get information on road conditions?

Visit www.DriveBC.ca for up to date road conditions and events, a.s well as highway cameras, or call 1-800-550-4997

Is there a provincial campground?
Where can I find information on sports fishing regulations?

For information on B.C. tidal waters and freshwater salmon fishing visit www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish
Or call:
Saltwater Fishing
Prince Rupert office: (250) 627-3499
Freshwater Fishing
Prince Rupert Office: (2501) 627·3409

How do I get to Port Edward?

Port Edward is a small seaside community approximately 15 kilometers from Prince Rupert. If driving, take Highway 16 from Prince Rupert and follow highway signs until you reach the Kaien Island Bridge, then turn right at the Port Edward turn off and it will take you into town.

How do I get to the North Pacific Cannery?

The cannery is approximately 7 kilometers from Port Edward. If driving, follow Highway 16 out of Prince Rupert. Watch for the Highway signs indicating how to get to Port Edward. After the Kaien Island Bridge, take a right hand turn at the Port Edward turn off. Continue through Port Edward along the main road for 10 minutes until you reach the North Pacific Cannery.

Where can I purchase a fishing license?

The Prince Rupert Visitor Centre now located at the Port Interpretive Centre at 100-215 Cowbay Road, can provide an updated list of locations where licenses are available for purchase.

Where can I rent a car?

Prince Rupert has two car rental agencies: Enterprise and National. Both are located at 815 1st Ave W #106, Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1B8, near the airport shuttle station.


Once you get to Prince Rupert, you have many options for moving around town. There’s public transit—city buses that regularly run around town. Additionally, you can rent a car (a good idea if you want to explore a bit further afield, say down the Skeena River). There are also plenty of taxis that operate in Prince Rupert. For much of the shopping and dining, you can easily just head out on your own two feet.


Prince Rupert is a transportation gateway in Northern BC, perfectly positioned to be accessible by road, air, rail, and sea.


With some advance planning, a wild adventure is not far out of reach. Kayaking, Paddling and Boating here does require safety precautions—this is a rugged landscape and the Rupert weather is known for rapid changes. Make sure you have a good map, appropriate clothing, and safety equipment before you head out. For more information check out https://visitprincerupert.com/outdoor-adventure/


Opportunities for adventure in the North are boundless – if you know where to look. Fill your days by exploring the wilderness on one of our many trails, taking a wildlife viewing excursion, fishing, or wandering through a museum or art gallery.