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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Walk the floor of a canopy rainforest on this approximately three-mile (five-kilometre) easy trek. The Butze rainforest walking trail is home to both temperate coastal and canopy rainforest ecosystems and offers a unique look at the area's flora and fauna.
Depart by coach for the 10-minute drive to Butze Rapid trail. En route, your guide will offer insight into the history of Prince Rupert and the surrounding communities. Hike deep into the rainforest, listening to your guide describe the various plants and trees and their importance in traditional native medicines and culture as well as their role in the food chain.
Pause at a viewpoint overlooking the Butze Rapids. 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 beginning the return to Silver Shadow.
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.
Prince Rupert Flightseeing
Depart the pier for a short transfer to Seal Cove Seaplane Base. After a short safety briefing, board your aircraft for a journey that takes you over some of the most mesmerizing sights in the Prince Rupert area. Your pilot will be your guide to remote destinations that include the wilderness of the Khutzeymateen Valley, home to the largest population of grizzly bears in the world. 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. 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.
Your tour concludes with a short transfer back to the ship after your flight-seeing adventure.
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.
The Prince Rupert Centennial Golf Course is admired for its natural beauty, high level of conditioning and strategic challenge. 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 a short commute from the Northland Cruise Terminal, on arriving at the club, you will be greeted by a Club Professional and outfitted with all necessary equipment. 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 (5,053-metre) 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.
Please note: Programme involves moderate to extensive activity and includes green fees, roundtrip transportation and shared cart. Club rental is USD 13 per standard set. A bucket of practice range balls is USD 6, and a sleeve of new balls ranges from USD 5 - USD 18. All prices quoted are subject to change without notice. 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.
Travel by catamaran to Canada's only grizzly bear sanctuary, Khutzeymateen Valley. With its dense rain forest, river mouth estuary, and ocean fjord, the park sanctuary is able to provide refuge for about 50 grizzlies. The marine life encountered along the way makes this both a scenic and memorable excursion into one of British Columbia's more picturesque coastal regions.
Meet your guide at the pier and walk approximately 100 yards (less than 100 metres) to the high-speed catamaran docked nearby. This 100-passenger vessel offers three levels of viewing, with both indoor and covered outdoor seating, and restrooms onboard. Travel north through Chatham Sound to the Sanctuary, watching for porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles and blue herons as you learn first-hand about this diverse marine environment. Listen as your guide regales you with stories of the native life and villages dotting the coastline.
Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary
The Khutzeymateen (pronounced K'tzim-a-Deen) Grizzly Sanctuary was established as the first area in Canada to be protected specifically for grizzly bears and their habitat, preserving a part of the ecosystem in which they live. The topography of this land and the marine sanctuary is diverse, with rugged peaks towering to 6,890 feet (2100 metres) above a valley of wetlands, old growth temperate rainforests, and a large estuary. An abundance of wildlife shares the area.
The 110,000 acres (44,300 hectares) of protected wilderness is one of the most densely populated parks designated to the survival of the grizzly bear. From the safety of your fully-covered boat, you have a chance to see these legendary giants in their natural environment, without intruding on their habitat. Remember to bring your binoculars and camera.
Other possible wildlife sightings include moose, wolves, migrating owls, geese, harlequin ducks, and harbour seals. Watch for orca, grey and humpback whales along the coast. A light sandwich lunch is served onboard during the return cruise to Prince Rupert. Once back at the pier, a short walk takes you to Silver Shadow.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking; however, the boat is accessed by a variable sloped ramp that can have a steep pitch. It is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. The distance between Prince Rupert and the Sanctuary is approximately 2 hours; 1-1.5 hours is spent within the Sanctuary's estuary. All viewing is from the vessel, which has a spacious heated cabin, a full restroom and comfortable seating. Wildlife sightings are frequent but cannot be guaranteed. A minimum number of guests is required to operate this tour.
Paddle to the sound of nature and explore the beauty and abundance of Canada's Pacific Rainforest during this half-day eco-adventure.
Following a short transfer from the pier, arrive at Kloiya Bay, a sheltered area that feeds into Morse Basin. Here, experienced and fully-trained guides outfit you and give you a brief introduction to your kayak and safety gear.
Once you 'put-in', follow your guide as you kayak in the shadow of mountains that reach for the sky. Paddle through Morse Basin and see eagles soar high above and watch seals as they survey the kayaks that have entered their domain. If tidal conditions permit, explore the intricacies of the coastal tidal range and enjoy the spectacular plant and animal sea life that call it home.
Returning to Kloiya Bay, pause for a snack on shore before beginning the return journey to Silver Shadow in Prince Rupert.
Please note: This tour involves kayaking and is recommended only for guests in good physical condition and able to paddle for up to 2.5-3 hours. 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.
Venture over the peaks and into the valleys of British Columbia's coast mountain range by both land and air on this sightseeing adventure.
Depart the pier via coach for a narrated one-hour drive down one of the most famed and scenic stretches of highway in Canada. Nestled between the mighty and powerful tidal flow of the Skeena River and snow-capped mountain ridges, this drive provides views of waterfalls, wilderness and potential wildlife. Keep a keen eye out for eagles, seals, wolves and even bears as you make your way towards your destination, Kasiks Wilderness Lodge. The camp is set amongst an old growth forest of giant 400-year-old Sitka Spruce.
After enjoying a wild salmon BBQ, board a helicopter for a stunning 20-minute flight that will offer a magnificent birds-eye view of alpine terrain, hanging glaciers, emerald tributary lakes, and a chance to spot the reclusive mountain goat.
After returning to the lodge, board your coach for the return ride back to Prince Rupert.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking however it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend dressing in layers and wearing flat, comfortable shows. Due to weight and balance limitations, as well as passenger safety and comfort, passengers weighing 250 pounds (18 stone/113 kg) or more will be charged an additional half fare to reserve adequate space onboard the helicopter.The sighting of wildlife cannot be guaranteed.
Embark on a discovery cruise that will introduce you to the marine environment near Prince Rupert. Home to transient and resident killer whales, grey whales and humpbacks, watch the water as these gentle giants emerge and share their presence.
After meeting your guide on the dock and walking the short distance to where your boat awaits, climb aboard the 40-passenger vessel that offers both indoor and outdoor seating. A 30-minute cruise takes you out to the established whale watching grounds.
You may also see porpoises, seals, Stellar sea lions, puffins, eagles and other wildlife while getting a sense of Northern British Columbia's natural beauty. Your guide will provide commentary on the various marine species as well as the local communities.
Spend a wonderful morning in natural surroundings accompanied by whales and other marine life. Please remember to bring your binoculars and camera. After approximately 2.5 hours, the boat returns you to Prince Rupert.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking of approximately 200 yards (183 metres); however, the boat is accessed by a variable sloped ramp that can have a steep pitch. Wheelchairs can be accommodated. The vessel is heated, offers indoor and outdoor viewing areas, and has a restroom facility onboard. Dress in layers to ensure warmth and comfort while out on deck; weatherproof jackets, a hat and gloves are recommended. We suggest you wear comfortable walking shoes or deck shoes. This tour operates in all weather; rain gear is provided. Wildlife sightings are frequent but cannot be guaranteed.
Get a taste of the beauty offered by the rainforest and Exchamsiks River on this jet boat and optional trek adventure.
From the pier in Prince Rupert, board an air-conditioned coach for a guided 55-minute scenic drive through the Coast Mountains and along the valley of the mighty Skeena River. Upon arrival at the mouth of the Exchamsiks River, your naturalist guide is on hand to take you on a walk through an old growth forest where centuries-old cedar and spruce trees reach heights in excess of 200 feet (60 metres).
Following your exploration of the forest, reconvene for a meal of fresh wild salmon cooked over a campfire and served beneath 4,000-foot (1,218-metre) vertical cliffs. After the meal, embark the awaiting jet boat for a breathtaking voyage on the Exchamsiks River. Have your camera ready as you look for wildlife along the riverbanks.
After your river adventure, re-board the coach for the equally scenic return drive to Prince Rupert and Silver Shadow.
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.