Prince Rupert is the closest town to Alaska on the B.C. coast.
Far from central areas in Canada, Prince Rupert is incredibly, incredibly beautiful, has unreal fishing and paddling (and skiing in the winter), and you can hang out with grizzly bears.
It isn’t on many travelers’ radar, but it’s certainly worth the trip. Here are some of the coolest things that Prince Rupert has to offer.
Check out the grizzly bears
The Khutzeymateen Provincial Park and Grizzly Bear Sanctuary is north and inland of Prince Rupert. It’s heavily protected, there are around 80 bears in the park and there’s a 3,000-mile no-kill zone around it.
But, you can take a boat up the river into the park and float past them from there.
Go hiking and kayaking
Hiking and kayaking are great in this northern, coastal B.C. town on the edge of a deep, dark rainforest.
If you want to explore, check out Butze Rapids tail and park, just outside of town. The trail winds through the forest to a reversing tidal bore (and a rope swing). You’ll also see kayakers surfing the wave it creates when the tide is up.
Try your hand at fishing
Prince Rupert started as a fishing town, so it’s not surprising that sport fishing for salmon and halibut is all-time.
You can also cast for giant steelhead on the Skeena river or charter a boat and go out into the sound and set a line for lunkers.
Learn about the area’s history
Want some culture with your fishing? Check out the North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site.
The abandoned cannery row, built on stilts above the Skeena, gives an interesting look at the history in the area, and the old buildings are surprisingly cool.
Enjoy some cold brews and hot eats
Every end-of-the-road town needs a local brewery, and, luckily, Prince Rupert has a great one.
The Wheelhouse Brewing Co., tucked into a warehouse in Cow Bay is the town’s local watering hole.
Try the Flagship pale ale, which is said to be a quality brew that still appeals to fisherman used to drinking Kokanee, a light, mass-produced Canadian beer. There’s also the Scurvy Dog, a beer with spruce tips.
If you’re hungry, check out Fukasaku, which makes all of their sushi from local, sustainably caught fish.
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