Prince Rupert is a port city on Kaien Island in British Columbia's north coast, home to about 12,500 people. Once the traditional land of the Tsimshian Nation, the area of Prince Rupert boomed in the early 1900s when it was chosen as the last stop for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. When surveyors visited the land, they found one of the deepest natural ports in the world and figured it would be a short shipping route to the Orient.
As the city formed, the name Prince Rupert was chosen after Prince Rupert of the Rhine, first governor of the Hudson's Bay Company. The city quickly developed forestry and fishing industries. Today, Prince Rupert's economy relies on fishing, transportation, and tourism.
The city offers shopping, restaurants, museums, a diverse population of wildlife and is a great destination for whale-watching. The Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear sanctuary nearby houses one of the biggest remaining populations on the continent, with tours available by water or air.