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Prince Rupert

The city of Prince Rupert is located on the North Coast of British Columbia. This port city has a current population of about 13,000 people, but is a transportation center for the North Coast area.

Prince George is approximately 718 km from Prince Rupert, while the Alaskan border is 48 kms north, and Terrace is east about 143 kms away. It can be conveniently reached by taking the Yellowhead Highway 16 down towards northwest coast of British Columbia.

The first settlement in the region 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 occupied areas north of Mexico City. The original territory of the indigenous First Nation tribe, the Tsimshian Nation, reached from Kitasoo all the way to the mouth of the Nass River in the North to the Skeena River in the East, which 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 rail and sea travel around the area. He was the president of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Company.

The local economy rapidly grew as the city of Prince Rupert established it's two main export terminals. Along with economic prosperity came an influx of tourists and culture. The city of Prince Rupert is considered the Gateway to the North and is located on Kaien Island, which was uninhabited until about a century ago. It has access to several of the world's most wonderful scenery.

A significant number of ocean-going freighters travel through the deepwater harbor each and every year. Cargoes of grain, lumber, mineral ore, pulp, coal and sulphur are shipped internationally from the city of Prince Rupert, and as the Pacific Rim trade grows the port's importance would increase as well.

For the majority of the months throughout the year the people of the city of Prince Rupert partake in ocean sport fishing. The fishing season runs from late April until late September, though huge Chinook salmon, up to 60 lb., could be found until early part of August. From mid-July until mid-October is the prime time to catch Coho salmon, that are smaller then the Chinook but fierce fighters. Pink salmon could be found from mid-July to latter part of August. In the year 1995 the world's largest chum salmon, weighing in at 35 lb., was caught. Halibut are also common here, as are Rockfish. Another famous hobby is crabbing for Dungeness crab.

Nearby rivers and lakes provide fantastic freshwater angling. Amongst these rivers is the Skeena River, that provides Rainbow, Cutthroat, and Dolly Vardan. The best time stretches from the early part of July up to mid-September.