Even though I’ve grown up in northern BC, there are hundreds of communities that I’ve never had the chance to visit. One of those (until last weekend) was Prince Rupert.
Working in tourism, I knew a lot about the town: I knew how far it was from Prince George, that it rains a lot, that it’s beautiful when the sun shines, and that there is great seafood to be eaten. Now that I’ve been, I can tell you that:
01. It’s about 720km west of Prince George
02. It rains at least ten times a day
03. It’s beautiful when the sun shines
04. It’s still beautiful even when the sun isn’t shining
06. EVERYONE is friendly
07. Yes, there is a Starbucks
09. The original preserved architecture is extraordinary
10. You will love it there
Two points of interest that we didn’t get to see but I’ve also heard plenty about are the North Pacific Cannery and the Museum of Northern BC. If you’re into Canadian history at all you should definitely look into the cannery. Opened in 1889 and run continuously for 100 years, it is the oldest remaining intact fish cannery on the West Coast of North America and is now a Parks Canada National Historic Site.
I’m so glad I finally got to experience this beautiful part of our province before I head down south for good!