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Haida Heritage Centre
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Northern BC Aboriginal Culture

Northern British Columbia is rich in scenery, wildlife and Aboriginal culture. Paddle a kayak to ancient village sites in Haida Gwaii or admire Tsimshian artifacts in Prince Rupert. Explore history and art, both ancient and modern, at cultural centres like ‘Ksan Historical Village and The Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay.

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Haida Gwaii

Haida Gwaii is a remote archipelago about an hour’s flight or seven hours by ferry from... Read more Prince Rupert. It’s also among the most culturally and ecologically rich places on earth. Kayak among the islands and abandoned village sites of Gwaii Haanas on the southern part of the archipelago. Pick from day or multi-day packages and join a Haida cultural ambassador on anything from beach hikes, canoe tours and salmon fishing to Haida feasts and helicopter flight-seeing.

Bluewater Adventures

Bluewater Adventures offers 'once in a lifetime' wilderness expeditions along the north coast of BC and in Southeast Alaska. Our multi-day, live-aboard trips explore the remote wilderness of coastal British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. Travellin...
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Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve

Let your spirit wander in Gwaii Haanas. Travel by boat or kayak through this remote, roadless wilderness in southern Haida Gwaii. More than 600 archaeological sites are scattered among 138 forested islands including SGang Gwaay Llnagaay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring remains of houses and carved mortuary and memorial poles.

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Prince Rupert

Highway 16 meets the sea at Prince Rupert, set among a cluster of forested islands near the... Read more mouth of the Skeena River.  Learn about Tsimshian history, art and technology at the Museum of Northern British Columbia, set in a stunning waterfront longhouse, or explore the shops, galleries and eateries in the fun and funky Cow Bay district. From the Cow Bay docks, charter a boat and cast a line for some of the North Coast’s legendary salmon, or join a kayak guide to navigate the surrounding fjords and islets.

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Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary

One of the best places in the world to see grizzly bears in their natural habitat is this seaside sanctuary northeast of Prince Rupert. The first area in Canada to be protected specifically for grizzly bears, Khutzeymateen is accessible only by boat (or boat and floatplane). Home to about 50 bears, it is best visited between May and July (especially in May) when the bears can be seen roaming the shore. There is no land access in the Sanctuary, and the river estuary is only accessible with a licensed tour operator.

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Ksan Historical Village and Museum

Near the town of Old Hazelton is 'Ksan, a village of seven houses built to replicate a Gitxsan community that stood on the same riverbank site for centuries. Each of the houses, set in a row facing the river, reveals a different aspect of Gitxsan culture. Learn about feast traditions at the Wolf House, hear tales and legends of the distant past at the Frog House, and see dance regalia in the Fireweed House. Gitxsan guides also help interpret the village’s many totem poles. More poles, both ancient and modern, stand in the nearby villages of Kispiox, Kitwanga and Kitwancool.

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Metlakatla Wilderness Trail

Explore pristine beaches, scenic shoreline, cedar boardwalks and lush rainforest on the Melakatla Wilderness Trail. The trail meanders for 10km/6mi along the Tsimshian Peninsula from the First Nations community of Metlakatla, a 15-minute ferry ride from Prince Rupert.

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Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park

Join a Nisga'a guide to hike across a moonscape of hardened lava and learn about the history and legends of the Nisga’a people at Nisga’a Provincial Park. The park, about 100 km/60 mi north of Terrace, is the site of a volcanic eruption which dramatically altered the landscape 250 years ago. Guides are available through the park’s Visitor Centre; four nearby communities, including the Nisga’a villages of Gitlakdamix (New Aiyansh), Gitwinksihlkw (Canyon City), Lakalzap (Greenville) and Gingolx (Kincolith), offer food and accommodation.

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North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site

Located on the outskirts of Port Edward, 20 km from Prince Rupert, the North Pacific Cannery's history is unique on the west coast of North America. Established in 1889, it had almost 90 years of continuous salmon canning production and fish proc...
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Ocean Adventures Charter Co

Join us to experience unparallelled wildlife viewing, whale watching & awe-inspiring First Nations culture, amidst BC's most spectacular landscapes. Our motorized yacht, Great Bear II, is fully certified & inspected by Transport Canada annually, t...
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Outer Shores Expeditions & Wilderness Tours

Outer Shores offers multi-day wildlife, wilderness, & cultural sailing expeditions throughout Canada's pacific coast. Explore, experience, & learn about stunning wildlife & ancient cultures while living & traveling in comfort aboard our 70' classi...
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Prince Rupert Port Interpretive Centre

Located on the ground floor of the Atlin Terminal on the waterfront of Prince Rupert's historic Cow Bay district, 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 t...
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Sunset Charters

Some of the absolute best salmon and halibut fishing in the world is found just outside of the beautiful city of Prince Rupert. We offer premium, fully guided fishing adventures. Whether you are novice or expert anglers, families, friends or corp...
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Places to Eat

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Breakers Pub

Lat: 54.3189526559356
Lon: -130.318624697141
American (Traditional), Pubs
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Cow Bay Café

Lat: 54.31907657344
Lon: -130.31964365329
Italian, Seafood, Pizza
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Cowpuccino's Coffee House

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Lon: -130.318404734882
Coffee & Tea
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Schimmels

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Lon: -127.1711807
Bakeries
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Places to Stay

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Engelhard's Oceanview Lodge

Experience breathtaking views of Prince Rupert's magnificent harbour, pristine mountains and soaring eagles from the comfort of your traditionally designed guest room. Our smoke-free property features Heavenly Sleep mattresses by Serta®, bath prod...
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Hecate Inn

Small family owned and operated. Not necessarily your average motel; all units include cooking facility, complimentary tea/coffee, handmade furniture, WiFi, cable TV, gas BBQ and crab cooker. You get all this and friendly, helpful staff included i...
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Hudson Bay Lodge

Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge is a full-service hotel offering a variety of guestrooms and suites with convention and meeting room facilities to meet all your needs.

Enjoy Smithers' dining at its finest with the on-site restaurant and lounge. ...

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Premier Creek Lodging

Our centrally located 1910 heritage building is full of charm and character. Featuring a garden setting that overlooks a beautiful view of the ocean inlet, rooms are modern and spacious with features such as: ensuites, a balcony and kitchenettes. ...
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The Crest Hotel

Experience breathtaking views of Prince Rupert's magnificent harbour, pristine mountains and soaring eagles from the comfort of your traditionally designed guest room. Our smoke-free property features Heavenly Sleep mattresses by Serta®, bath prod...
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Northern British Columbia and Haida Gwaii

You can fly to Prince Rupert or Prince George to begin your journey in Northern BC. Air Canada... Read more and  Pacific Coastal Airlines fly to Haida Gwaii from Vancouver and North Pacific Seaplanes serve the islands from Prince Rupert. If you plan to drive, follow Hwy 16, the Yellowhead Highway, or the Alaska Highway north.

Inside Passage Ferry

Take a ferry ride on British Columbia’s Inside Passage. BC Ferries’ Northern... Read more Adventure sails among the islands and fjords of BC’s remote mid-coast, home to mountain peaks, tall stands of fir and cedar, driftwood-strewn coves, remote First Nations communities, and the Great Bear Rainforest. Watch for seals, eagles, dolphins and even whales en route.  The Northern Adventure sails year-round from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert; summer sailings are all in daylight, so you won’t miss a moment. From Prince Rupert, you can continue by ferry to Haida Gwaii, or follow the Yellowhead Highway east.

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