Tour to Prince Rupert

This special half-day tour leads from Little Wolf on the Yellowhead Highway along the banks of the Skeena River to its estuary into the Pacific Ocean at Prince Rupert. Dense coastal forest grows green and in abundance on the steep mountain slopes of the river valley. In the undergrowth you'll find a jungle of ferns and endless varieties of berries. The Skeena River is a good two kilometers wide at its estuary and even 40 kilometers upstream the tides are still noticeable. Numerous seals and sea lions swim up the Skeena River; they also enjoy fishing the year around runs of salmon and steelhead. The Yellowhead Highway ends in Prince Rupert. This coastal town with about 25,000 inhabitants was founded as the final station of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in 1906. Since then it has developed into one of the most important fishing and loading ports of the northwest coast. Wheat and coal are loaded onto ocean freighters and shipped to Asia. Numerous fishing boats have chosen Prince Rupert as their home port to catch great halibut off the coast. The North Pacific Cannery Village and Fishing Museum in nearby Port Edward offers some interesting insights into the boom times of the salmon fishery. A large cannery and worker's village are maintained here. They show the working conditions of the Japanese, Chinese and First Nations, who once carried out heavy labour here.