PRINCE RUPERT (British Columbia)
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.
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.