Terrestrial Resources

Butze Rapids

Location: 5km from downtown Prince Rupert (highway 16)

Description: 5.4km loop trail to explore some of the different ecosystems in the area, including old-growth and bansai forests. Take your time to check out the flora and fauna of the area. Can you identify the different types of trees and the other elements that make up the ecosystem?

Features: Port Edward bus stops at the trailhead, picnic sites, interactive map

More Info at: http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/search/search-result.aspx?site=REC6575&type=Trail

Diana Lake 

Location: 356 Spruce Ave, Port Edward

Description: Picnic area and nature trails that include old growth forests and salmon habitat. Plenty of recreation options, such as nature walking and canoeing to explore the lake ecosystem.

Features: All five species of Pacific salmon, as well as steelhead, rainbow trout, and dolly varden can be found in this park in the lakes and creeks. Spawning can be observed in Diana Creek during August and September!

More Info at: http://bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/diana_lk/

Hays Creek McClymont Park Trail

Location: Follows Hays Creek from the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre, Aquatic Centre, Arena and Performing Arts Centre, downstream to George Hills Way, Rushbrook, and the waterfront 

Description: Beautiful, beginner walking trail with easy access right in Prince Rupert. A nice way to get outside and experience the rainforest without travelling too far. Download one of our recommended citizen science apps and see what you can identify! Approximately 1.5km one way

Features: Easy trail for all skill levels

More Info at: https://www.wikiloc.com/walking-trails/hays-creek-mcclymont-park-trail-7951843

Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge

Location: Khutzeymateen Wilderness Inlet (approx. 20 minute float plane flight from Prince Rupert)

Description: Grizzly bear tours, whale watching, kayaking, paddle boarding based out of a floating lodge in the wilderness. Visit to learn about the inlet, the traditional territory it is located in, and the wildlife that frequent the area!

Features: 3 days excursions and half day tours with knowledgeable guides and lodge staff

More Info at: https://www.grizzlytour.com

Museum of Northern BC

Location: 100 1st Avenue West, Prince Rupert

Description: Long House Museum filled with art and artifacts to display the culture on BC’s North Coast. Learn about the local history and pay attention to the relationship between people and the local ecosystems overtime!

Features: Tours, local art, gift shop with local souvenirs and books about the North Coast 

More Info at: https://visitprincerupert.com/project/museum-of-northern-bc/

Oldfield Creek Fish Hatchery 

Location: Wantage Rd., Prince Rupert

Description: A volunteer-driven, non-profit organization operated by the Prince Rupert Salmonid Enhancement Society and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. 

Features: Provides educational opportunities to learn about salmon and their roles in ecosystems. Can walk along the Oldfield Creek to view salmon spawning in late summer!

More Info at: @OldfieldCreekFishHatchery (Facebook)

Outer Coast Outfitters

Location: Adventure guiding around the Prince Rupert area

Description: Gear rentals (canoes and snowshoes), private adventure guiding (hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, survival skills), and educational programming to learn about and enjoy the Great Bear Rainforest

Features: Options to rent gear, participate in a fully guided tour, sign kids up for after-school programs, or for adults to register in adult outdoor education! 

More Info at: http://outercoast.ca/about/our-team/

Prince Rupert Adventure Tours

Location: 205 Cow Bay Rd., Prince Rupert (base), boat tours along the North Coast (including into the Khutzeymateen Inlet and around Kaien Island)

Description: Boat tours that showcase the beautiful North Coast and an abundance of wildlife including grizzly bears, whales, eagles, and sealions

Features: Day tours (grizzly bear tour and whale watching tour) with knowledgeable staff to provide interpretation and on-board services to improve your knowledge of the North Coast!

More Info at: https://www.adventuretours.net/tours.php

Rushbrook Trail

Location: Starts at Rushbrook Harbour, Prince Rupert (and leads to the seaplane base)

Description: Wide gravel trail with easy access and views of the ocean and harbour along steep cliffs at the edge of the water. Approximately 1.5km one way

Features: Recently renovated in 2018 and includes 2 suspension bridges

More Info at: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g154939-d15236916-Reviews-Rushbrook_Trail-Prince_Rupert_British_Columbia.html

Skeena Kayaking

Location: 1534 11th Ave. East, Prince Rupert

Description: Local business that offers kayak rentals, tours, lessons, repairs, sales (new and used), and kid’s wilderness camps

Features: Provides great beginner kayaking adventures with educational and team building built in!

More Info at: http://www.skeenakayaking.ca

Tall Trees

Location: 5.5km from downtown Prince Rupert along Highway 16

Description: Rugged hike for moderate to advanced hikers up the side of Mount Oldfield. Approximately 4.5km one way

Features: Includes views of the surrounding mountains and Prince Rupert harbour on clear days. Venture through coastal terrain and into beautiful sub-alpine meadows. See what types of flora and fauna you can find! Check out our social media posts on outdoor recreation and wildlife safety for tips for your before-trip preparation!

More Info at: http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/search/search-result.aspx?site=REC106294&type=Trail

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Know of a business or have a business that provides an educational experience related to the ecology of the North Coast? Or have a recreational activity or site you'd like to recommend? Let us know! Email us at info@northcoastecologycentresociety.com