The Prince Rupert Visitor Centre & Port Interpretive Centre

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The Prince Rupert Visitor Centre & Port Interpretive Centre

The Prince Rupert Visitor Centre & Port Interpretive Centre
4.5
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
The Prince Rupert Visitor Centre is located in the Port Interpretive Centre on the ground floor of the Atlin Terminal in the historic Cow Bay district of Prince Rupert. If you’re planning a trip anywhere in BC, or are in Prince Rupert visiting yourself, our informative and friendly staff are available to help you discover our nature or help you plan your next destination. The Port Interpretive Centre tells the story of the Port of Prince Rupert. It is a story that stretches from 10,000 years ago -- when the area served as a vital trading hub for the Ts’msyen First Nation -- to the present, with the rapid growth of the port's commerce in containers, coal, and grain. A highlight for visitors of all ages is the Interactive Trade Route Simulator, a sensory feature that allows visitors to select a commodity and ‘launch’ a ship to visualize the supply chain of imports and exports flowing through the Port of Prince Rupert.
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Logan Edwards
Winnipeg, Canada54 contributions
Great staff, info on area
Sep 2020
Cool place to learn about the importance of the city in regards to importing/exporting. Staff were very kind and helpful, and were able to recommend plenty of places to check out. No gift shop though, surprisingly. But they pointed us in the right direction for souvenirs :)
Written February 9, 2021
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Yvon D
Nijmegen, The Netherlands534 contributions
Prince Rupert General review on things to do and see
Sep 2019
A nice historic place with colorful houses and Cow bay is a nice place to go see. It has some good restaurants service fresh seafood and some interesting local art shops.

Prince Rupert is known for its special wildlife viewing experiences. Prince Rupert has the third deepest natural ice free harbor in the word and you will see cruise ships on their way to Alaska stop at the harbor. The harbor is also the departure point for bear and whale watching tours. Especially at khutzeymateen Valley, Canada’s only protected grizzly bear area. This is a rainforest with bays and inlets. You can find deer, wolves, birds, killer whales, seals and humpback whales. The bear viewing takes place till the end of July. From July till the end of September they chance the bear viewing tours for whale watching tours.

Downtown is not that big, everything is at walkable distance. Other things you can do here is visit the museum of Northern British Columbia where you can see the cultural and natural heritage of BC’s Northwest Coast. The Museum Carving studio for first nation’s artists is open to the public.

On the second weekend In June you can visit the annual Sea fest. (check dates online). Many events take place as well as activities, events and entertainment. It is called a family fun event.

If you want to see a beautiful view of Prince Rupert Harbor you can go eat at the waterfront Restaurant.

Prince Rupert also provides access to many other destinations, including ferries to Haida Gwaii, Vancouver Island and Alaskan Cruises.

If you want to go out at evening time you might want to visit the Chances Casino, including Don Cherry’s Sports bar grill that is inside the casino.

It is a nice place for walking as well. The waterfront is a popular in-town destination and there are several trails. You can go to the visitor center for more information and maps.

The climate is often wet here that is why they call it city of rainbows. Because after the rain or storm you are likely to see one of many rainbows here.
Written January 15, 2020
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canuckmom2016
Manitoba, Canada18 contributions
Interesting
Aug 2019
the center is filled with all kinds of information that you would not even think to ask about. All the information you need to find places to eat, stay, get around, sight see, shop, bar hop, maps of the area as well as the city. Helpful staff. Displays of arts and crafts.
Written October 11, 2019
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Donald M
10 contributions
advice
Sep 2019
Very helpful and knowledgable staff, we came away with lots of advice and information, from bus timetables to where to visit
Written September 29, 2019
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EkMusafir
Pune, India2,206 contributions
First Port Of Call In This Port City.
Jul 2019
If you are a visitor or tourist to the port city of Prince Rupert then you must go to the Visitor Centre to get some guidance and information about the place. The office is located on the ground floor of the Atlin Terminal building in the Cow Bay district of Prince Rupert which is very close to where the cruise ships to Alaska dock.

You can collect a lot of free literature and information leaflets about the sight seeing places in and around Prince Rupert. There is also a large tear off map which gives you the layout of the city and where the attractions, hotels and restaurants are located. There is also a reference folder which gives the details of all the restaurants in Prince Rupert and the type of cuisine they serve, Canadian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian or just Fast Foods. The staff are friendly and ready to help you with your queries.

There are a lot of displays at the centre which show case the development of the city as a port and a railway terminal. I was surprised to learn that Port Prince Rupert is much closer to many regions of China, Japan and the Far East than Vancouver and is also has better natural harbour. It is one of the prominent ports of Northern British Columbia.

A visit to the Centre is definitely worth your while even if you are a first time visitor.
Written September 8, 2019
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emilio de stefani
Pavia, Italy67 contributions
excellent
Jul 2019
The boys of this visitors center are very kind and professional. The center is equipped with all the necessary information to visit the city and find alternatives with guided tours.
Written August 23, 2019
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Calgary_Can_Travel
Calgary, Alberta Canada197 contributions
Looks of interesting displays and information provided
Aug 2019
Great place to stop for a break and check out the displays. Prince Rupert is a great little town and has so much potential as a port. This is the shortest route from North America to the Oriental markets for exports and imports. Located on the water near many great restaurants and activities.
Written August 20, 2019
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Bhyn
Prince Rupert, Canada862 contributions
A must visit for tourists and locals alike
Aug 2019 • Couples
We have been curious about this information centre for quite a while. So we decided to take it upon ourselves to play tourist and explore this free venue.

Once inside, we were greeted by the friendly staff, letting us know they are there if we need some guidance or have questions. The interior is modernly designed with displays full of history about Rupert's rich trading and shipping industries.

We were pleasantly surprised to see that the centre provides dining and accommodation recommendations in a binder. There was no ranking of the establishments - and we liked that they included all of the local places. We noticed some of the photos used in the dining recommendation guide were "borrowed" from TripAdvisor (har-dee-har-har).

Anyway, as far as Visitor Information Centres go, this one is pretty good both in design and the information shared. While the emphasis is on the Port, the displays make clear that the Port has played an important role in the city and region's history and so weaves an intricate web. Therefore we'd recommend anyone visiting Rupert take the time to wander this informative site.
Written August 4, 2019
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MPro49
Toronto, Canada57 contributions
Ecellent attenton and effort to help
Jul 2019 • Couples
Vivian was very helpful to help me get information about driving from Prince Rupert to Terrace, She showed me various options and printed out a map.
Written July 11, 2019
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Vivian S
Oxbow, Canada69 contributions
Great location for a visitor center
Jun 2019 • Couples
Right on the waterfront which was very convenient! Lots of great information available in this location.
Written July 9, 2019
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The Prince Rupert Visitor Centre & Port Interpretive Centre is open:
  • Tue - Sat 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM


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