Compared to many towns and cities of Canada, Prince Rupert is pocket-sized and many of the attractions here (other than the landscape!) are of a similar stature. However, being a manageable size means that if you have a day to explore you can fit quite a lot in. Cow Bay is a pretty waterfront area with some lovely boutique shops and cafes, whilst a small interpretive centre at the nearby Altin Cruise Ship Terminal tells the story of the Port of Prince Rupert and what the future holds for North America’s fastest growing shipping terminal.
There are several museums in the town and locations nearby which are worth visiting to gain an insight in to life in this remote part of the island. The Museum of Northern British Columbia is situated in a beautiful Northwest Coast Longhouse and showcases the long history of civilisation in this area alongside exceptional collections of aboriginal Haida, Gitksan and Tsimshian art. 20 kilometres south of the town the North Pacific Historic Fishing Museum explores the history of fishing and canning along the Skeena River, and the nearby North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site is the oldest and mostly completely preserved cannery out of the dozens than once lined the British Columbia coast.