Prince Rupert has plenty of trails that range from rough routes requiring expert knowledge of backcountry travel to short meandering paths in the city itself.
Ask a local, grab a guidebook, or check in at the museum or tourist office, and they’ll be sure to put you on a path that will satisfy your sense of adventure and give you a great taste of the local landscape.
If you have time, head over to Dodge Cove. Most people visiting the tiny community across the harbour catch a scheduled water taxi (ask in the Tourism office for details and a current schedule). From Dodge Cove, there are a couple of great, short hikes, including one that takes you to a beautiful little beach.
If you’re not keen on going so far afield but still want a big hike, check out one of the trails up Mt. Hays or other nearby peaks. For something a bit mellower, Rupert’s most accessible trail is Butze Rapids, located just out of town. The 5.4 km trail is suitable for all ages and abilities (but is not wheelchair accessible) and features some great interpretive signs highlighting local flora and fauna and excellent views of the unique North Coast forest and craggy coastline.
For a chance to snag a fish or two, a little forward planning will make life a lot easier. Reach out to one of the many sport-fishing guides and you can get yourself out on the water. Great fishing grounds are never far from the city so even if you’re pressed for time, you should be able to sneak in a trip out to a prime spot for salmon or halibut, with time left over to catch the sunset.
Getting outdoors here is often synonymous with checking out great wildlife. If you’re early enough, getting a spot on a wildlife viewing tour is a breeze. For marine wildlife, join a tour that will explore nearby stomping grounds for humpback whales, getting you up close and personal with some of this planet’s largest and most mysterious creatures. For the big ticket land mammals, you’ll want to get up to the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary where you’ll have an intimate glimpse of the extraordinary Ursusarctos, better known as the grizzly, or brown bear. Several tour operators offer short daytrip excursions into the spectacular protected area; many combine whale watching en route. And for bird watchers, well, you’ll have a great time on both of these tours, or you can arrange something uniquely avian focussed. Even just walking around town will give you a good view of eagles, ravens, and shorebirds.