Prince Rupert is an important destination and port on the Alaska route along the beautiful Inside Passage. In 2013, the port saw 9 ships with a total of 4,856 people. In 2008 the port saw 103,635 passengers from 63 vessel calls, and the lowest point of cruise ship participation was in 2012 with only 4 ships coming to the destination. However, the port is optimistic for increased numbers in the coming years.
May to September. Link To Port Schedule.
Time In Destination
6 hours to 12 hours
Average Onshore Spending
$56 per person
Typical Cruise Lines Visiting The Port
Snapshot Of Existing Shore Excursions
- Khutzeymateen grizzly bear excursion
- Floatplane excursions
- Kayak tours
- Experiences on or along the Skeena River
Opportunities For Indigenous Experiences
The museum of Northern BC offers First Nations experiences which include Ancient Songs and Stories and the Mysteries and Traditions of the Northcoast Native People. Both tours are guided and performed by members of the Tsimshian First Nations. The Prince Rupert Heritage Discovery Tour also highlights the areas strong Indigenous culture and usually has a guide from the Tsimshian First Nations as part of the tour. Both companies are non-Indigenous but showcase strong Indigenous content and employ guides from the Tsimshian First Nations.
As cruise passengers are staying an average of 11 hours in Prince Rupert, tours and activities offered can be as far as Terrace. If an experience provider offers an activity outside of walking distance transportation will also need to be organized. Some potential opportunities for Indigenous tourism product development include:
- Bear or whale-watching from a First Nations perspective
- Traditional canoe tour
- Traditional food experiences
- Guided tours: for example Metlakatla Wilderness Trail or tour of Pike Island
- Potential plaza welcoming cruise passengers. Selling authentic arts and crafts right at the welcome centre
Industry partners that can help develop experiences for cruise lines in your region
Aboriginal Tourism BC
Prince Rupert Port Authority