Prince Rupert Region
With its unique physical, cultural and historical setting, the North Coast has the potential to become a world leader in adventure, cultural and ecotourism travel. The North Coast, legendary for big salmon and barn door sized halibut, is truly a sport fishing paradise. You can fish all five species of salmon: Chinook, Coho, Chum, Pink, and Sockeye. In addition, halibut, lingcod, and other various species of rockfish are also extremely popular. There is nothing that compares to observing nature’s creations in the wild, and the North Coast offer varied and dramatic opportunities.
Sport Fishing has been a part of British Columbia’s heritage since before joining Confederation in 1871, and one thing that hasn’t changed in all these years is the opportunity for memorable fishing vacations. The BC coastline is one of the greatest saltwater fishing destinations in the world, and is the home to many species of our famed pacific Salmon, giant Halibut, bottom fish, along with a terrific array of shellfish. The excitement of hooking and landing these fish bring anglers back to BC year after year. Nutrient-rich North Coast waters support abundant resident fish populations, and Prince Rupert is situated on migratory salmon routes. As a result, Prince Rupert is surrounded by fishing hotspots in Chantam Sound, around Dundas Island and in Work Channel.
The Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, the only of its kind in Canada, protects prime grizzly bear habitat. Some 50 grizzlies and numerous black bears are known to roam the area. Bear viewing begins in spring when the grizzlies descend from their dens to feed on the lush shoreline sedges. From the silence and safety of the boat, you can watch as they graze, often feeding on mussels and other sea treats.
Whale watching: humpback, grey, orca, and minke whales are often spotted in the area. For many, the sight of these sea giants in their ocean home is one of the most impressive sights of a life time. The timing of your visit will determine what species you will see. It could be humpback lunge feeding or bubble net feeding, or migrating grey whales that pass through each spring. Orca whales frequent the area and you will identify the minke whales by their small heads and sharply curved dorsal fins. For complete wildlife schedule please visit Seasonal Information page.
Things To Do
- Museum of Northern BC
- Offers tours and programs that describe the important history of the region. Gift shop.
- Prince Rupert Fire Museum
– A proud history of the Fire and Police services in Prince Rupert.
- North Pacific Cannery
– This museum is the oldest remaining intact cannery on the West Coast. Restaurant and gift shop.
– Enjoy ocean kayaking through our local waters.
- Swimming Pool
– The Recreation Center has all of your fitness needs and offers great programs.