Since opening to the public on June 13, the Port Interpretive Centre in Prince Rupert has had visitors from all over the world, with the Port of Prince Rupert recognizing the 2,500th visitor late last week.
“[The port] had few expectations about what type of response the Port Interpretive Centre would earn from the community. We are of course delighted at the fantastic response, both from the community and from visitors outside of Prince Rupert and Canada,” said Michael Gurney, Manager of Corporate Communications for the port.
Six-year old Prince Rupert resident Cassidy Kawaguchi was recognized as the 2,500th visitor when her and her family were touring the centre last week, with summer student Caitlin Tates guiding them through the many visual displays and interactive exhibits. Cassidy had already been through the centre once before, on a year-end class trip with her fellow grade 1 classmates from Roosevelt Park Community School.
“When I went on the tour with my school, they thought it was pretty cool. I really like the big screen video, and seeing the trains dumping all the coal. And I got to learn about the places that lots of people we know work,” said Cassidy, who was given a gift bag from the Port of Prince Rupert for the milestone visit.
Cassidy’s mother, Emily, was equally as thrilled by the recognition and with the centre.
“My daughter came home very excited from her visit earlier this summer, and after seeing today what the Port Interpretive Centre has to offer I would recommend it to everyone in Prince Rupert who hasn’t been here yet. There’s a lot about the history of the port and how important it’s became to Canada that I didn’t know, and it’s a fascinating place for kids and adults,” she said.
The centre will be staying open all year round, with the port currently searching for a community outreach coordinator, who will oversee the operations of the centre. Since opening its door, the centre has employed two full-time and two part-time summer student workers, however come September the students will be returning to their schools.
Admission to the centre is free, with up-to-date hours of operation being posted on the centre’s web page: www.rupertport.com/centre.