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May 30, 2006

PRINCE RUPERT

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Picturesquely located on Kaien Island at the mouth of the Skeena River on British Columbia’s north coast, the port city of Prince Rupert quickly impresses visitors with its extremely rich First Nations culture, unique north coast fishing history, surprisingly cosmopolitan attitude, spectacular coastal environment, and of course, classic Canadian hospitality.

Situated 920 km (550 miles) north of Vancouver and 65 km (40 miles) south of southeast Alaska in British Columbia (Canada’s western most province), the area is one of the oldest continuously occupied regions of the world, and was probably one of the most densely populated areas north of Mexico before contact. The city boasts a number of superb museums and attractions that provide visitors an insightful and provocative look into life on the north coast. You will be pleasantly surprised by the north coast’s thriving arts community, which has produced many internationally acclaimed artists. There is also an exuberant performing arts community, and for good reason.

For the past two years the Performing Arts Centre has been voted one the top three performance venues in Canada. But it is the allure of the natural environment that is the north coast’s greatest asset. Surrounding the city you will find some of the most breath-taking scenery anywhere, as water, rainforest, mountains and fresh air meet. There is a spirit that is the north coast. You feel it as you float through waterways veiled by mist and a thousand shades of gray. You hear it in the muffled cry of an eagle as it resonates through rainforest cloaked in moss. And you see it almost everywhere you look.

The 140 km (90 mile) drive between Prince Rupert and Terrace has been given a five star rating by the Michelin Green Guide. On the water you will find the north coast at its most impressive. The coastline is alive with wildlife, waterfalls, sandy white beaches, hot springs and the haunting remains of many a ghost town.

The north coast is so vast it is home to Canada’s only Grizzly Bear Sanctuary – the Khuzeymateen. The area is also privileged to some of the highest concentrations of Humpback Whales in North America and is one of the main gateways to Princess Royal Island – the best place in the world to view the rare white Kermode (Spirit) Bear. Long a sport fishing destination, wildlife viewing, kayaking and cruising the coastline are growing in popularity as people begin to discover the magical qualities of this region.

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Posted by Denise at May 30, 2006 11:02 AM

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