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Trip 118 - September 7, 2016 (Wednesday)

Prince Rupert BC Visit

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Prince Rupert Location: Near the Western end of BC Highway 16.

Liked: Numerous excellent wall art pieces, a variety of tasteful building colours, Cow Bay, lots of free parking, whale tail-shaped benches, the feel of a town with its own identity.

Of note: City of Prince Rupert is subject to a tsunami after an earthquake - head to a higher ground.

Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition) Prince Rupert Coordinates: Page 16 (Prince Rupert) E3.

Related Websites: Tourism Prince Rupert, City of Prince Rupert (Wiki).

Other BC Cities, Towns and Locations We Have Visited: Agassiz, Bella Coola, Bralorne, Chilliwack, Fort Nelson, Gibsons, Gold Bridge, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope, Horseshoe Bay, Merritt, Mission, Nanaimo (Old City Square), Port Alberni, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Smithers, Squamish, Telkwa, Tofino, Tumbler Ridge, Vancouver (Seawall), Vancouver (Stanley Park), West Vancouver (Ambleside Park).


We have visited the City of Prince Rupert during a road trip, and checked out its downtown, as well as Cow Bay. We really enjoyed Prince Rupert's colourful buildings, numerous wall art, and seaside location. Here is how it all went down:

1. We are Westbound on BC Highway 16 on a rainy Wednesday morning. City of Terrace is behind us, and Prince Rupert is ahead. On a sunny day, this is, likely, a very picturesque drive, with lots of mountains along the highway.

Highway 16 West Between Terrace BC and Prince Rupert BC

2. Prince Rupert welcomes us.

Welcome to Prince Rupert Sign

3. Prince Rupert logo on grass. We are still on Highway 16.

Prince Rupert Logo on Grass

4. And, not even a hundred meters later, this amazing wolves wall art.

Wolf Wall Art Prince Rupert BC Canada

5. Many BC towns have wall art, but this one is one of the best we have seen.

Wolf Wall Art Prince Rupert British Columbia

6. Neat.

Howling Wolf Wall Art City of Prince Rupert British Columbia Canada

7. The third wolf.

Wall Art Prince Rupert BC

8. Cuddly, isn't he?

Cuddly Wolf Wall Art Prince Rupert BC

9. Painted wolves and a real deer. Better than the other way around. This guy was hanging out on 6th Avenue.

Deer on 6th Avenue Prince Rupert BC Canada

10. Prince Rupert is home to about 12.5 thousand people, and it only takes 5-10 minutes to get to downtown once you enter the city. Keep driving on Highway 16, and downtown will soon appear. Here it is. See a dancing guy in the middle left of the photo?

Downtown Prince Rupert British Columbia

11. Greek dance time. Corner of 2nd Avenue (Hwy 16) and 6th Street.

Prince Rupert BC

12. Opa!

Zorba's Taverna Dancing Man Art Prince Rupert BC Canada

13. Wall art continued a block away, courtesy of Moby Dick Inn. 2nd Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets.

Moby Dick Inn Prince Rupert British Columbia

14. Slightly to the left.

Moby Dick Inn Prince Rupert BC Canada

15. The other side.

Moby Dick Inn City of Prince Rupert BC

16. Downtown walking tour led to a discovery of painted salmon.

Salmon Wall Art Prince Rupert British Columbia

17. This building is located on the corner of 7th and Fraser, and houses Wood & Steel General Contractors.

Salmon Wall Art Prince Rupert BC Canada

18. Just a bit further, the art tour continues with orca whales displayed on Pacific Inn.

Prince Rupert BC

19. Pacific Inn is also located on Fraser Street.

Pacific Inn Prince Rupert British Columbia

20. And, then, there was this most unusual car wash.

Car Wash City of Prince Rupert British Columbia

21. Prince Rupert is a city of colourful buildings. Lots of them are blue.

Prince Rupert BC Canada

22. But here is a pink one.

Pink Building in Prince Rupert British Columbia

23. Our downtown tour is over, and we are now heading to Cow Bay, also by Highway 16.

Highway 16 in Prince Rupert BC

24. There is a courthouse by Cow Bay, and the park in front of the courthouse has a cenotaph.

Cenotaph Prince Rupert BC


Cenotaph Prince Rupert British Columbia

26. Past the cenotaph, we can see the courthouse.

Prince Rupert BC Courthouse

27. It's a pleasant-looking building, even the hardened criminals agree.

Courthouse in Prince Rupert BC

28. British Columbia coat of arms above the entrance door. "Splendour without diminishment" is the motto of the province.

British Columbia Coat of Arms

29. A view of the courthouse from the side.

Courthouse Prince Rupert BC Canada

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