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Prince Rupert is located on the Pacific Coast just south of the Canadian border with Alaska. Though the city itself is home to only about 15,000 people, it is the main transportation hub for the northern half of the province of British Columbia. Many tourists use it as a home base for journeys into nearby natural and cultural attractions such as Dodge Cove, Hartley Bay, Port Simpson or the Queen Charlotte Islands.
As the city has the deepest ice-free natural harbour on the continent, Prince Rupert relies heavily on its fishing, sea trade and tourism industries. Its port is also the most northwestern of any North American port to be linked to a major railway network, which means that goods passing through Prince Rupert can easily be transported across the country.
Historically, Prince Rupert was a centre of fishing, fur trapping and forestry. The connection with the wilderness can still be seen all around Prince Rupert. There are unspoiled, scenic coves and beaches scattered all along the coast, and the Yellowhead Highway leading east from Prince Rupert will take you through one of the most beautiful landscapes of forests and mountains in all of Canada. Also take a look at some of Prince Rupert’s historical museums dedicated to the story of the First Nation peoples who originally inhabited the region, as well as those of the European and Canadian settlers who founded the town and made it prosper.