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
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!
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
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
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
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!
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!
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