Westward across British Columbia
Trip Start May 09, 2009
96Trip End May 27, 2010
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We arrived in Prince Rupert a day early, on 7/29 and checked into the only campground in town. We weren’t sure if we would even get a site, because the owner seems to have no system for reservations – he didn’t give a confirmation # when we reserved it, didn’t ask for a credit card and didn’t refer to a reservation list when we checked in. We did end up getting a site, although the campground was mediocre at best – for example, hot water in the showers is turned off between 11 AM and 6 PM (not at night when it would make more sense!!) and then when you did get to take a shower, the shower floors were filthy (thank god for flip-flops!).
What was of more concern was that we had talked to the owner previously about storing our car and camper there while we were on our ferry trip but he would not give specifics to Jim during their previous phone conversations
From the travel guide hype, we expected more from Prince Rupert than there was. Its best feature is an area called Cow Bay (so named because cows being brought in had to swim across the bay) where the Visitor Center, a few restaurants and shops are located. Its a little cutesy with barriers painted like cowhide and a purse shop called Udder Bags. Near Cow Bay was the Museum of Northern British Columbia which featured historical exhibits on the Tlingit tribe and European settlers of the area. The rest of Prince Rupert seems economically depressed with a somewhat run-down downtown area. I had the pleasure of doing laundry at a downtown laundromat where half the machines were broken and apparently weren’t in line to be fixed any time soon.
We managed, however, to fit in a hike to the Butze Rapids. Unfortunately, we were too late to see the featured presentation - the rapids reverse themselves during the transition from high to low tide and vice-versa. Nonetheless, the rain forest setting made the hike worthwhile.
After three days there, we were ready to head off on our Alaska adventure. More to come…