The quaint charm of Prince Rupert was given visit-worthy status from the national travel agency, the Flight Network.
The small coastal city was the inspiration for the report compiled by Shereen Mohammed, a marketing specialist at the Canadian-run company after she took a short tour of the area in the summer.
“Considering I haven’t gone to a lot of small towns it almost motivated this piece in a way because I found that there were a lot of hidden gems, little quaint shops and restaurants, little things that you don’t really get to experience when you’re in the big city,” she said.
Mohammed, along with four other colleagues, looked at 200 small towns across the country and narrowed the list to the top 50 places to visit.
Prince Rupert was named one of the five top “small towns” in British Columbia.
The criteria for making the cut was if the destination was making efforts to draw in tourists and if there is something unique that people should make an effort to see.
The write-up on Prince Rupert recommends tourists visit to experience an “unbeatable combination of Pacific coastline and charming, tourist-friendly downtown area”, to try a cultural tour, eat fresh seafood, go hiking, whale watching and shop or dine along Cow Bay.
The Flight Network is showcasing small towns to get people thinkingout of the box in not only thinking of visiting the already-known cities, such as Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary and to plan a more unique trip. The weak Canadian dollar also plays into the promotion to explore small-towns.
“We wanted to present some travel opportunities that are affordable to Canadians, which might not necessarily mean travelling to the U.S. or travelling internationally, where they can still get a good bang for their buck,” Mohammed said.
Look for more small towns on the Flight Network’s list online at www.flightnetwork.com/blog