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Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert is known as the land, air, and water transportation hub of the North Coast within British Columbia. It is a port city and currently hosts a population of around 12,815 people.

The city of Prince Rupert is situated approximately 30 miles south of Alaska, 90 miles from Terrace, and roughly 453 miles west of Prince George. It could be conveniently reached by taking the Yellowhead Highway 16 down to northwest coast of British Columbia.

The very first settlement in the area dates as far back as 10,000 years ago. Before European contact, First Nations peoples established settlements in the region, as the inner harbour was among the most densely populated regions north of Mexico City. The Tsimshian Nation, the original territory of the ingenious First Nation tribe, reached from Kitasoo all the way to the mouth of the Nass River in the North to the Skeena River in the East, that is located just past the city of Terrace.

Prince Rupert's founder, Charles Melville Hays, wished to establish a port for marine trade, in addition to sea and rail travel around the area. He was the president of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Company.

Once the city of Prince Rupert established it's two major export terminals, the local economy grew rapidly. The new economic prosperity also brought new visitors and expanded the small city's culture. Prince Rupert is considered the Gateway to the North and is situated on Kaien Island, that was unpopulated until about a century ago. It has access to several of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.

Every year, there are lots of ocean-going freighters which pass through the deepwater harbour. Cargoes of grain, lumber, pulp, mineral ore, sulphur and coal are shipped worldwide from the city of Prince Rupert, and as the Pacific Rim trade grows the port's significance would increase too.

During most months, people can partake in ocean sport fishing, with seasons running from about latter part of April until late September. Peak times for Chinook salmon fishing goes up until early August, the biggest of these salmon reach 60lb. From mid-July up to mid-October is the prime time to catch Coho salmon, that are smaller then the Chinook but fierce fighters. Pink salmon can be found from middle part of July up to late August. During 1995 the largest chum salmon in the globe, weighing in at 35 lb., was caught. Halibut are also common here, as are Rockfish. One more popular pastime is crabbing for Dungeness crab.

Nearby lakes and rivers provide fantastic freshwater angling. Among these rivers is the Skeena River, that provides Cutthroat, Dolly Vardan and Rainbow. The peak time stretches from the early part of July to middle part of September.