Just 40 mi (66 km) south of the Alaskan border, Prince Rupert is the largest community on British Columbia's north coast. Set on Kaien Island at the mouth of the Skeena River and surrounded by deep green fjords and coastal rain forest, Prince Rupert is rich in the culture of the Tsimshian, people who have been in the area for thousands of years. View more
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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.
Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, a distance of approximately 3 miles (5 kilometres) on a gravel trail with some raised planks. The terrain can be uneven but is relatively flat with some steep short inclines. The hike takes approximately 2 hours total with occasional photo breaks. Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots, and dress in layers. The path travelled into the forest is the same path on exit. Space is limited.
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.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking; however, guests must be able to climb in and out of the floatplane without assistance. The plane is accessed by a variable sloped ramp that can have a steep pitch. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Aircraft utilized are Beaver planes, offering 5 window seats. Due to weight and balance limitations, as well as individual safety and comfort, passengers dressed in outdoor gear and weighing 300 pounds (135 kilograms/21 stone). Please remember to bring your binoculars and camera. Although wildlife is seen on the majority of outings, their cooperation cannot be guaranteed. Operation of this flight is subject to favourable weather conditions; it may be cancelled on short notice. Participation is limited; however, a minimum number of guests is required.
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.
Please note: Programme involves moderate to extensive activity and includes green fees, roundtrip transportation and shared cart. Optional rentals and purchases are not a part of the programme and are to be paid directly to the pro shop. Golf attire is mandatory; no jeans, tee-shirts or tank tops permitted. Golfers may wear soft-spiked golf shoes. Golf must be booked the latest 72 hours prior to play and is subject to cancellation charges if cancelled within this time. A minimum participation of four golfers is required to operate this tour.
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.
Please note: Although some walking is required, it is not excessive. This excursion is not recommended for guest with physical limitations as they will be required to maneuver steps and gaps to embark and disembark the aircraft. Passengers must be able to climb in and out of the aircraft. Height restrictions for this adventure can exceed no more than 6'4'', as well as a limit of 265 pounds. Cool temperatures can be anticipated, so it is recommended that guests carry a light jacket or sweater. Sunglasses are recommended as strong glares may be expected during your flight. The operation of this excursion is dependent on prevailing weather conditions. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. The order of sights visited may vary.
Your adventure begins with an on-board equipment and safety orientation by your guides. You'll then depart from the ship by Zodiac, and embark your kayak in a sheltered location.
Take a leisurely paddle along the coast around Digbly Island, or past Port Edward. This region can experience tidal fluctuations of over 25 feet, and you will have the opportunity to see this phenomenon from water level during you kayak expedition. If the tide is low during your tour, you will have an opportunity to explore the intertidal zone and for marine creatures. If the tide is high, you will be able to penetrate deeper into some of the bays and inlets, exploring the forest environment that fringes the coastline.
Alternatively, your guide may take you deeper in the fjord that encompasses Prince Rupert Harbor. Along the way, be on the lookout for the many species of seabirds that inhabit the area. You will paddle past the port area, getting a taste of what life is like living in the small coastal town. You guide will also point out anything of interest, and let you in on some of history of the region.
Please note: This tour is recommended only for guests in good physical condition and requires up to 90-minutes of paddling. Although no walking is required, guests must be able to climb into the transfer zodiac and to lift their own weight to transfer from the zodiac into the kayak. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair, and for guests who suffer from bodily injuries which prevents the movement of all joints. Tour is conducted in 2-person kayaks, in groups of up to 6 kayaks. Lifejacket, dry suit, Neoprene booties, gloves, spray skirt and dry bags are provided. Maximum available dry suit size is XXL. We suggest you wear warm, comfortable, flexible clothing to wear under the dry suit. Wear long-sleeved thermal layers, a warm hat with a brim, sunglasses, propylene, wool, silk or synthetic clothing (not cotton as it has poor heat retention when it is damp or wet). The minimum age to participate is 16 years. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Total combined weight of a two person kayak cannot exceed 650lbs (300kg). Guests must be able to speak conversational English in order to understand safety instructions. Some prior kayaking experience is required to participate in this activity. Binoculars, cameras and UV protection are recommended. We strongly suggest to book well in advance as space is very limited. This kayak tour is operated and guided by a team of guides/naturalists who will be sailing with you onboard the Silver Muse.
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.
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.
Please note: This tour involves extensive activity and is recommended only for guests with physical fitness to hike for more than 2 hours over steep terrain that is sometimes slippery and unstable. This tour is not recommended for guests with a fear of heights as there are high cliffs without barricades. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility limitations, those who utilise walkers or a wheelchair. Guests must sign a waiver to participate on this excursion. Minimum age to participate is 8 and those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Guests are recommended to wear waterproof hiking boots and wool or synthetic hiking socks as they will need to hike through mud and streams in places, and to dress in warm layers with a waterproof layer on top. Guests may want to bring a small backpack with a change of socks and rain gear in case of inclement weather, as well as a hat, glasses and sunscreen. Gaiters (leg protection) are provided by tour operator. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
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.
Please note: A moderate amount of walking is required, some of which may be over uneven and unpaved terrain. Guests must be able to embark/disembark the boat and jet-boat unassisted. The 30-minute rainforest walk is optional for guests with limited mobility. This tour is not suitable for those who utilise a wheelchair. Tour operates in 7-passenger jet-boats. Dress warmly in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes; rain ponchos are provided. The minimum participant age is 6 years and if under the age of 18, must be accompanied by a parent. Tour sequence may vary. Although a minimum number of participants is required to operate this tour, space is limited.