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Prince Rupert affords access to some of the world’s most remote and admired natural scenery

The town of Prince Rupert began as a dream when
 founder Charles Melville Hays, president of the Grand
Trunk Pacific Railway Company, saw the island on which
it sits as the perfect terminus for marine trade, and rail
and sea travel.
Unfortunately, on a trip back from Europe in 1912,
where he was rustling up money to finance his vision,

Hays met with an untimely and tragic death aboard the

RMS Titanic.


The Northwest Coast has fed the human spirit for

thousands of years.


The land and sea has generously supported a vast First

Nations population for over 10,000 years.


Long before European contact, Prince Rupert’s inner

harbour was the most densely populated area north

of Mexico.


The Tsimshian Nation is the indigenous First Nations in

the Prince Rupert area – their traditional territory extending

south to Kitasoo, north to the mouth of the Nass River

and up the Skeena River just east of Terrace.

Today, the communities of Metlakatla, Lax Kw’alaams

(Port Simpson), Metlakatla Alaska, Gitkxaahla (Kitkatla),

Gitga’ata (Hartley Bay), Kitasoo (Klemtu), Kitselas, and

Kitsumkalum are still vital Tsimshian villages.


You’ll find the central offices of the Tsimshian Nation at

Chatham House above the Museum of Northern British


 Other First Nations in the northwest include the Haida,

Gitksan and Nisga’a people.


The cultural centre of the Tsimshian-speaking First

Nations people today, Prince Rupert had been surveyed

as early as the 1870s, and was incorporated on

 March 10, 1910, named for the son of Queen Elizabeth

and Frederick of Bohemia.

Seventy-five years later, a number of local folks have

 rekindled Hays’ dream, and by the mid-1980s, Prince

Rupert had two major export terminals and a booming

local economy.


With this newfound prosperity have come culture and


 Located on Kaien Island, which was uninhabited a

century ago, Prince Rupert is the true Gateway to the

North, with travel options as diverse as the spectacular

scenery along the way.

As a critical transportation hub, it affords access to

some of the world’s most remote and admired natural



Prince Rupert’s natural deepwater harbour handles

significant volumes of commercial traffic as well, with

ocean-going freighters from all over the world loading

cargoes of grain, lumber, pulp, mineral ore, sulphur and

coal destined for international markets.

The port’s importance will increase as Pacific Rim trade grows.

 “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. 

Well neither does bathing that’s why we recommend

it daily” Zig Zigler