Prince Rupert is a wondrous place on British Columbia's northwest coast, nestled on Kaien Island. Be enchanted and humbled by humpback whales, taste delicious local seafood, and maybe even catch a glimpse of a grizzly. Ready to visit Prince Rupert? Search for the best deals on a flight and car hire on Skyscanner and experience all Prince Rupert has to offer.
Getting to Prince Rupert
The principle modes of transportation into Prince Rupert are by sea or air — unless you want to drive through the Kuhuzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary.
The airport is on Digby Island, 15 minutes away. After getting their luggage, travellers take a shuttle to the Digby Island Dock for $15. From there, take a ferry for a small fee or water taxi ($125). There are always deckhands to help with luggage, but be sure to tip.
The Northland and Atlin Terminals in Prince Rupert are surrounded by hotels and restaurants within walking distance. The Prince Rupert Visitor Center is on Cow Bay Road, next to the Prince Rupert Port Authority.
Renting a Car in Prince Rupert
Travellers going to Prince Rupert who want to hire a car should book well in advance. The best place to rent a car is National Car Rental, located in the Highliner Plaza hotel. Reserve the perfect vehicle in advance on Skyscanner.
Driving in Prince Rupert and Beyond
On the road, travellers have complete control over their adventure. Yellowhead Highway wraps around the northern perimeter of the island, beginning at the BC Ferry Terminal, and is the only road connecting Kaien Island to the mainland. Driving around downtown Prince Rupert is a cinch. There are few roads, and the layout is simple. Other popular driving destinations include Skeena River and Terrace (which has its own airport), and Smithers, which is a scenic mountain drive just two hours farther on.
Things to Do in Prince Rupert
Prince Rupert is a wild and enchanting destination in the Pacific Northwest. Some of the best views and activities are on the water, but activities abound on land as well.
Fishing is big in Prince Rupert. Before you drop a line to catch some halibut or salmon, be sure to pick up a fishing licence at a local bait and tackle store. Guests can hop on BC Ferries, which takes passengers on a cruise where they will marvel at the the wilderness and may catch a glimpse of humpback whales and orca.
Fun day trips include visiting the Nass Valley and Lava Beds, or taking a seaplane to Haida Gwaii. To reach Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Park, drivers will take Yellowhead Highway to Terrace. From there, it's an hour-long scenic drive north to the Nass Valley and Nisga'a First Nations Villages. Visitors will see totem poles and explore the moon-like terrain, where a volcano erupted hundreds of years ago. For an adventure over the water, guests may schedule a flight to the island of Haida Gwaii via a seaplane, with Inland Air Charters.
Prince Rupert offers unsurpassed natural wonders and a place to escape the stresses of everyday life. Travellers can download the Skyscanner app, book the car of the their choice, then reconnect with nature in this majestic seaside gem in British Columbia.