We arrived into Prince Rupert on the overnight BC Ferry from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island. The ferry trip was a great way to get a view of Canada’s stunning inside passage, so do take a read of our post on this trip. However, the main reason for our trip to Prince Rupert was to head off into the Great Bear Rainforest, and a chance to catch a glimpse of the mystical spirit bear.

Prince Rupert is a small port city in British Columbia, Canada. The majority of visitors arrive in Rupert by boat, either on the luxury cruise ships heading up into Alaska or on the BC Ferry from Vancouver Island.

With many of these visitors either jumping back on their cruise or getting straight onto the train for a trip towards the Rockies, they are missing an amazing opportunity to explore some of the best spots in this Bucket List country. Prince Rupert is not only a great little city but it is also the perfect starting point to explore both Haida Gwaii and the Great Bear Rainforest.

Before you run off into the rainforest in search of their famous spirit bears, make sure you grab your snorkel and a good wetsuit then head down to the harbour. The harbour in Prince Rupert is home to a whole bunch of curious harbour seals who are always great fun in the water. For those who don’t fancy getting wet, you can always just sit on the pier and watch out for these playful animals.

Enjoy the video below for a taste of what it’s like to swim with a harbour seal…

There are also several excellent walking trails in the Prince Rupert area. Our favourite was the Butze Rapids trail, the short walk takes you through the native forest to some breathtaking viewpoints along the river. The area is known for wolves, bears and even cougar so do keep an eye out.

Following the experience of a lifetime in the rainforest, we then journeyed onto Jasper by train on a breathtaking trip into the Rockies.

Do have a browse through the gallery below for a taste of what is on offer in Prince Rupert and please let us know if you have any questions about the trip.

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2 thoughts on “Swim with a harbour seal: Top things to do in Prince Rupert”

  1. Looks like a great experience! We are swimming with seals in September and are insanely excited! Thank you for sharing!

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