Prince Rupert, City Highlights & Museum
Essentials Collection | Sightseeing
Board a bus at the pier and settle in to enjoy a fascinating and informative guided excursion around the City of Prince Rupert. Learn about the history, heritage and culture of the City with a knowledgeable guide; experience the beauty of the Northwest Coat at scenic stops; visit the Kwinitsa Railway Museum that celebrates the City’s history as the terminus of the GTP railway, and discover the ancient history of Northwest Coast peoples at the world class Museum of Northern BC. As you tour, see sights reminiscent of the many peoples and cultures who founded the City, adventurers and entrepreneurs who wanted to be part of what was to be a transportation hub linking Canada to the countries of the Pacific Rim. From the British gentleman who founded a dairy at Cow Bay and gave it its name, to the Chinese gold miner who started Prince Rupert’s longest lasting grocery, from the many shop owners who set up their first businesses in tent towns, to the American and European gentlemen who invested in the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and its fleet of ships. Stop at a scenic viewpoint and look out over Prince Rupert Harbour and the famous Metlakatla Pass. Imagine this stretch of Northwest Coast as the ice from the last glaciation receded and sea levels rose, but where a few thousand years later the Tsimshian made their winter villages with great cedar houses and canoes, and thrived in the rich coastal landscape. Drive through downtown, take in the diverse styles of architecture, pass City Hall, and head toward the waterfront, the location of Prince Rupert’s industrial history. Learn about the modern day port, the transportation hub that now, a century after Prince Rupert was founded, does link Canada to the countries of the Pacific Rim. Stop at the waterfront’s Kinsmen Park and visit the Kwinitsa Railway Station Museum, where you will learn about the building of the cross-Canada Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and the founding of the City. Finally travel to the Museum of Northern BC, known for its important First Nations collection, impressive exhibits, knowledgeable guides, and stimulating tours. Connect with the ancient past, exploring the art, history and living culture of the Tsimshian. Then board the bus for the short trip back to the pier, or spend more time and the Museum and enjoy a leisurely downhill walk back to the pier.
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is wheelchair accessible.