Silversea Luxury Cruises À PRINCE RUPERT (British Columbia)

Silversea Luxury Cruises - Prince Rupert, (British Columbia), Canada

Wild and wonderful, the area around the historic fishing town of Prince Rupert is renowned for its grizzly bears . Best spotted from May to mid-July, before they migrated to Alaska, these are some of nature’s most powerful, awe-inspiring creatures. Prince Rupert is located on the Inside Passage, close to the border with Alaska, where you’ll also discover mesmerising whale watching opportunities along the scattered islands and fjords that cut inland. Even the misty rains, which fall for 220 days each year, can’t dampen the spirits. View more

Known as the town on the end of the highway, due to its end of the line, remote whereabouts, a visit to Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary is an unmissable chance to witness some of the most powerful animals on the planet. A huge protected area of estuary and rising mountain peaks, visit to watch - from a safe distance - as families of perfectly camouflaged bears file through the sedge grass, along the riverbanks. A soundtrack of calling Bald Eagles sounds out, as you explore this vast sanctuary, which provides bears with the space and freedom they need to thrive. Prince Rupert itself is filled with museums and buildings of historic interest, and tales of isolated heritage - whether it’s the salmon cannery or Kwinitsa Station Railway Museum. You can also learn of the carving arts of the First Nation people, with intricate totem poles rising tall into the air. Head to the Cow Bay area, for a walk among the bright red and white paints of the seafront, which is dotted with galleries and gift shops stacked high with homemade teapots and bowls. Stop in at cafes or settle to try fresh British Columbian seafood, fished from the fertile waters, including mouth-watering, buttery pink Pacific salmon.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursions depuis PRINCE RUPERT (British Columbia)

Butze Rainforest Walk

Begin your journey with a brief transfer aboard an air-conditioned motor coach from the Northland Cruise Terminal. Along the way, your guide will offer insight into the history of Prince Rupert and the surrounding communities.

Upon arrival, embark on your hike deep into the rainforest while learning of the various plants and trees, their importance in traditional native medicines and culture, as well as their role in the food chain.

Approximately halfway through the hike, rest at a viewpoint overlooking the Butze Rapids, a great stop for a picture to remember the moment. The unique tidal rapids reverse direction with the tides; peaceful at high and low tides, roaring with white foam while the ocean tide is flowing. Enjoy homemade granola bars and bottled water at the rapids before returning to downtown Prince Rupert.


Canada’s Wilderness by Floatplane

Fly high above the pristine northern coastline via floatplane on this flight and truly appreciate the awe-inspiring scenery of beautiful British Columbia.

Your journey begins with a short drive from the ship is the Seal Cove Seaplane Base, where you will board your aircraft for an adventure that takes you over some of the most mesmerizing sights in the Prince Rupert area.

Your pilot will be your trusty guide to remote destinations that include the wilderness of the Khutzeymateen Valley, home to the largest population of grizzly bears in the world. You will want to have your camera ready to capture the magnificent scenery of lush rainforest, deep valleys, rugged mountain fjords, spectacular glaciers, cascading waterfalls, winding rivers and remote freshwater lakes.

From this bird's eye view, there is also a chance to view wildlife such as eagles, mountain goats, seals, porpoises or whales. This is a one in a lifetime opportunity to experience the natural habitat of the wildlife of the North.

Before returning you to solid ground, your flight will set down in a majestic inlet where you will float alongside a glacial waterfall as it plunges into the freshwater lake beside you.

After this memorable journey, your pilot will return you back to the Seaplane base where you will return to your ship.

Eco-System Kayaking

Begin your adventure with a brief, narrated transfer by van through a historic part of Prince Rupert until you reach a wilderness beach. Here, receive instruction from your trained guide who will also provide you with your own single-person or tandem kayak (available on request).

The serene setting of Kloiya Bay is free from ocean swells and winds and uniquely features lake-like conditions on saltwater shores, ideal for paddlers of all ages.

From here, begin your peaceful, yet thrilling paddle. Once trained, you are free to explore your surroundings, which are home to extensive wildlife including colonies of harbor seals, convocations of eagles and a variety of other sea birds. Advanced paddlers can journey to their heart's content while novices can enjoy their first kayak experience in a placid, relaxed setting.

Making your way back to shore, turn in your gear and enjoy a quick snack before returning to your ship.

Please note: This tour involves kayaking and is recommended only for guests in good physical condition and able to paddle. Walking ashore involves beach landings and traversing unpaved, rocky, and uneven terrain. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those utilise a wheelchair. Guests must sign a waiver, be at least 8 years of age, weigh less than 350 pounds (160 kilograms/25 stone), and not exceed 6'2' (188 cm) in height to participate. Kayaks are single-passenger and each participant has their own. Dress in layers, bring a camera in a daypack, and wear comfortable sturdy shoes with good ankle support; ponchos and spray skirt are provided. This tour operates in rain and is only refundable due to weather and sea conditions if cancelled by the tour operator. The sighting of wildlife cannot be guaranteed. Availability is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Golf Prince Rupert

Your exciting day begins with a brief walk down the pier where you will take a short ride your destination, The Prince Rupert Centennial Golf Course. Situated at the base of Mount Hays and home to wildlife including deer and bald eagles, the course is visually spectacular and remarkably private.

After your short commute from the Northland Cruise Terminal, you will be greeted by a club professional and outfitted with all necessary equipment. During this time you may also visit the Pro Shop, should you require or desire to purchase any extra gear to commemorate this excursion. Once outfitted, you will have a brief orientation, enlightening you on your day of golf and course itself.

Each of the 18 holes on this Par 71 course offers variety in level of difficulty, as well as unique, ever-changing scenery in a coastal rainforest setting. Though not long by modern standards, the 5,526-yard original design from 1967 has stood the test of time. Creeks crossing fairways and fronting greens require decisions regarding strategic lay-up versus heroic carry-overs to these natural hazards. The smaller greens are heavily contoured and slick in nature, demanding thoughtful placement of approach shots. Given Prince Rupert's rainforest setting, our lush and well-manicured greens have gained a reputation for being the best on the Alaska and Northern BC coast.

Your day of golf will include lunch on the course at your convenience.

Great Canadian Seaplane Adventure

Embark on a spectacular adventure by seaplane giving you aerial views of some of the most stunning inland scenery the North has to offer while visiting Quottoon Inlet.

Depending on your ships location, you will make your way to the seaplane terminal where you will board your seaplane for your aerial adventure. Once aboard, you will depart from Prince Rupert for a thrilling flight heading north over Work Channel to Quottoon Inlet. Be sure to be on the lookout for breathtaking blue waters and lush green views.

You will soon come across one of the largest waterfalls on the north coast, where you can feel the mist of the falls from the comfort of the seaplane. Keep your eyes peeled as you may also see a grizzly bear having a feast on the shoreline before returning to Prince Rupert as there are many places to view them on the coast.

This flight ends with a panoramic flight over Prince Rupert harbor before landing at the seaplane terminal.

Upon arrival, you will rejoin your ship.

Prince Rupert Highlights and Museum

Experience the beauty, culture and heritage of the city with scenic Northwest Coastal views, a visit to the Kwinitsa Railway Museum, and a look at the world class Museum of Northern British Columbia.

Begin your journey by air-conditioned motor coach venturing through panoramic views of the city en route to your first stop. Here you will have the opportunity to glimpse the breathtaking views over Prince Rupert Harbor and 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, a tribe of Northern American Indians, made their winter villages with great cedar houses and canoes, and thrived in the rich coastal landscape.

During your journey, your tour guide will share the stories of the sights you will pass reminiscing of the many people who founded the city. Established in 1910 by adventurers and entrepreneurs, Prince Rupert was transformed from a once non-existent city into the transportation hub linking Canada to the countries of the Pacific Rim.

Following these viewpoints, drive through downtown, taking in the diverse styles of architecture. Look for City Hall, en route to the waterfront, the location of Prince Rupert's industrial history. You will learn about the modern day port and the transportation hub that it is now, a century after Prince Rupert was founded.

Next, 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, your last stop on this adventure around the city will take you to the Museum of Northern BC, known for its important First Nations collection, impressive exhibits, knowledgeable guides, and stimulating tours. This museum will allow you to connect with the ancient past, exploring the art, history and living culture of the Tsimshian.

Following your museum visit, board the bus for the short trip back to the pier and board your ship.

Please note: This excursion involves a moderate amount of walking and stair climbing and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. Guests are recommended to wear flat, comfortable shoes. Cool temperatures can be anticipated, so it is recommended that guests carry a light jacket or sweater. The order of sights visited may vary. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate.

Rugged Mountain Waterfall Hike

Enjoy a 2.5-hour hike on the Kiwanis Trail, climbing up Mount Oldfield, a coastal mountain at the east side of Amundsen Bay. Lined with salmonberry bushes, this trail offers a lovely trek that is best suited for guests in good physical condition who are able to hike uphill on uneven, sometimes muddy terrain.

Be greeted at the pier by your guides for the day, who provide waivers for your signature and give you a brief introduction for the day. Then drive 10 minutes to the trailhead, where a safety orientation and equipment (walking sticks, gaiters and water bottles) are provided. Proceed onto the Kiwanis trail on a small incline to the first creek-side stop where adjustments to hiking order, equipment and layers can be made.

Hike one hour up the trail, including breaks to rest and have a snack, before making your return hike. As you begin, the incline increases gradually as the trail continues with more steep uphill hiking over a rocky trail with exposed roots on a steep trail, where some people like to use a hand line for balance. There are some steep, wet and rocky sections to navigate before the first resting place is reached.

As you approach the waterfall trail, expect a straight uphill section with loose rock that is generally wet and even stream-like is sections (waterproof hiking boots are recommended). This section of the trail requires attentiveness in foot placement, good balance and body control. There are a number of logs to be climbed or stepped over or under.

The most challenging portion of the trail comes at the end of the waterfall section, where there is an intense but short portion requiring handholds on roots and rocks to climb seven feet (a handline is used to climb back down on the return trip). After this, the trail is mostly on rolling, mossy terrain through berry patches, a reward for all of the hard work.

After stepping over two large windfalls, arrive at the first clear view of the waterfall. This is a good spot to rest in smaller groups and take photos overlooking the 60-foot cliff nearby. Continue through a rolling trail for another portion that requires balance over small foot ledges to get to the lower falls, another resting place with a splash pool.

Then it is time to reverse your path, taking care going downhill over the loose rock sections of the trail. At the trailhead relinquish your helpful gear and make the return drive to the ship.

Wilderness River Jet Boat Adventure

From the pier in Prince Rupert, board an air-conditioned motor coach for a guided hour-long scenic drive through the coastal mountains and valley of the mighty Exchamsiks River.

Upon arrival at the mouth of the Exchamsiks River, a naturalist guide give a brief orientation followed. After this, load your awaiting jetboat for a breathtaking voyage on the Exchamsiks River, where your camera will come in handy as you look for wildlife along the riverbanks.

After this thrilling hour-long ride, step off the jetboat and find yourself in a natural sanctuary. At this time, take a guided walk through an old growth forest, where centuries-old cedar and spruce trees tower at heights of 200 feet.

Following this 15 minute exploration of the forest, enjoy a meal of fresh wild salmon cooked over a campfire and served beneath 4,000-foot vertical cliffs. Take in the picturesque views during the picnic and keep an eye out for wildlife.

After lunch, re-board the motor coach for the equally scenic return drive to Prince Rupert's Northland Cruise Terminal where your ship awaits.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.