Monday, March 29, 2010

Where Canada´s Wilderness Begins

"On British Columbia’s North Coast you don’t control nature, you pay attention to her every mood. This is a place where eagles, bears, and whales outnumber people. An area with over 10,000 years of First Nations history. Where fishing is both a job and a form of recreation. A place where being friendly and out-going is just the natural way to be. This is Canada like you have never experienced. Join us in Prince Rupert, and let us share with you the history, the people, and the many moods of British Columbia’s North Coast."

Ideally situated on British Columbia's beautiful North Coast, only a short distance from the Queen Charlotte Islands and Ketchikan Alaska, Prince Rupert is easily accessible by air, rail, cruise ship, ferry, car, or rv.

The excellent sport fishing, exceptional wildlife viewing, top notch attractions, and extensive outdoor activity options make Prince Rupert the ideal choice for a family vacation, a corporate retreat, or a solo getaway.

This year, we invite you to discover, experience and explore Prince Rupert, BC.

The Northwest Coast of America came to European attention during the Age of Discovery, when Spain, England and Russia all competed to expand their influence on the Pacific coast, but it was trade that brought Europeans into direct and lasting contact with the First Nations of the coast. At first British and American ships visited in search of the prized sea otter pelts but eventually the Hudson’s Bay Company expanded their territoryto include permanent trading posts. The fur trade led the newcomers to see that the real wealth here was salmon, the bounty of the sea that formed the foundation of the First Nations lifeways. By the end of the 19th century dozens of cannery villages were scattered throughout this area to take advantage of the rich salmon runs of the Skeena and Nass rivers. The selection of Kaien Island and the Port of Prince Rupert as the terminus of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, and the arrival of the first surveyors on the future site of Prince Rupert in 1906, was the beginning of today’s city.

Today, the city of Prince Rupert remains at the edge of wilderness, secure in a sheltered inner harbour and protected by a rim of islands along the famed Inside Passage. We are a diverse mix of people, with varied interests, and guests often comment on the rich cosmopolitan culture found in our city. Superb museums and outstanding attractions defy our small population and remote location, and our lives are enriched by an extraordinary visual and performing arts community. Scenery, wildlife, sportfishing, heritage, and culture are part of our daily life.

Outstanding ferry and rail connections and new cruise facilities offer fun and easy travel alternatives, and have brought us into a new chapter in the Prince Rupert story

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