People at the grand opening of the Port Authority's new interpretive centre.   The pictured exhibit is interactive and uses a Xbox Kinect camera to allow people to select different kinds of information about the port which is projected onto the blank surface.

People at the grand opening of the Port Authority's new interpretive centre. The pictured exhibit is interactive and uses a Xbox Kinect camera to allow people to select different kinds of information about the port which is projected onto the blank surface.

Prince Rupert Port Authority opens port interpretive centre

The Port of Prince Rupert Interpretive Centre opened its doors yesterday during a gala reception following the Port Authority's AGM.

The Port of Prince Rupert Interpretive Centre opened its doors yesterday during a gala reception following the Port Authority’s Annual Public Meeting.

The Interpretive Centre, located in the Atlin Terminal on the Cow Bay waterfront, provides visitors and residents with opportunities to explore the history, operations, and future of North America’s fastest-growing port.

“We believe this will become a gathering space,” said Prince Rupert Port Authority President and CEO Don Krusel during the opening ceremonies. Krusel was joined by members of the Port Authority’s Board of Directors at the event.

“This will be a destination for residents wanting to catch up on what’s new at the Port; it will be a learning space for students as they explore the activities and jobs that are found within the Port; it will be a place you take visitors who want to know why we do what we do at the Port.”

Inside the Port Interpretive Centre, a combination of displays and interactive digital experiences tell the story of ten thousand years of trade history in and around Prince Rupert. For millennia, the region was a trading hub for First Nations. Today’s high-efficiency container, grain and coal terminals sustain the long tradition of commerce in the city.

Other exhibits offer insight into the day-to-day operations of the Port facilities — and beyond. A motion-sensitive simulator illustrates global trade routes that run across the Pacific Ocean and through Prince Rupert.

“We are very proud ofthis facility,” said Maynard Angus, Manager of Community Relations for the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

“It is the most comprehensive way to experience the full extent of Prince Rupert’s port operations, which are spread over hundreds of hectares. Here, it’s all in one place.”

The Port Interpretive Centre is staffed seven days a week, and welcomes groups and independent guests. Admission is free. On Mondays through Fridays, hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, the Centre is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour bookings can be arranged by calling 250 627-8899 or by emailing interpretivecentre@rupertport.com.