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Prince Rupert... there's something for everyone

  • posted May 31, 2011at 11:00 AM

Located on Kaien Island on the Pacific coast, the City of Prince Rupert has everything one could ask for in a fishing destination. The town, with a population just under 13,000, combines a strong retail and service sector with equally strong fishing opportunities. With access to the Pacific and boat launches just a quick drive away, the city provides a unique chance to hit the waters and go after the giant Pacific Salmon, Halibut and other ground fish that frequent the area. For those without their own means of getting out on the ocean, Prince Rupert supports a strong and vibrant community of professional charter guides that know where the fish can be found and can help ensure you leave with a cooler full of fish and memories that will last a life time. For those who aren’t the sea-faring type the Skeena River, with its world famous salmon run, stretches along Highway 16 from Terrace through to Prince Rupert with easy access at several campgrounds and at various points along the highway. With Coho, Chinook, Sockeye, and Pinks making their way up the river each and every year, fishermen along the Skeena can expect to land some big ones, but not without a bit of a fight, of course. For those that like the more secluded, serene end of fishing, there are several smaller lakes that can be easily accessed from the highway or can be accessed by seaplane or private charter. Regardless of whether you’re on the ocean, on the river or in the lakes, you’ll find the locals and business owners friendly and knowledgeable about what gear can help breed success when you cast out your line. And if you’re not the fishing type, there is still plenty to do in Prince Rupert and the North Coast while friends or family go after their prize catch. With beautiful scenery, hiking and walking trails throughout the city, a strong downtown core and Cow Bay shopping area and cultural and historic sites like the North Pacific Cannery, there is never a concern about running out of things to do on your trip to the coast.

Prince Rupert a fishing paradise

  • posted May 31, 2011at 11:00 AM

(The following is an excerpt from The Northern View's Fish the North guide, available at Tourisim offices or online at www.thenorthernview.com .)

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