Blogs from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, North America - page 4

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We get up early and Christy from the hostel kindly drives us to the ferry terminal. (Ed jogged there yesterday to confirm tickets. Must have looked as if he needed encouragement - an Eskimo said "keep it up buddy". Or is it Inuit these days?) The advice was to take no prisoners in bagging the best spots on the top deck where those without cabins sleep. So we charged up there and congratulated each other on our semi-private corner area. An hour later when we set sail there was still only one other person anywhere remotely close. Apparently bookings plummeted this season following the ferry that sunk near here in March. (Parents - we're safely on dry land now.) The (American) crew waste no time in taking down the Maple Leaf flag of Canada once ... read more


What a weird sensation to not be on a train. For the first time since we left, we are spending a whole day in one place. The town seems a little sleepy after last night's Ultimate Fighting Challenge excitement, so we head to Cowpuccino for breakfast (it's on Cow St or something). A quiet day wandering the streets and preparing for tomorrow's ferry ride. A nice couple in our hostel lent us their bikes and pointed us in the direction of some eagles. There were about a dozen of them soaring around, quite an amazing sight. But not quite the best sight of the day - that has to be the Tsunami warning. Hard to tell if it's just a symptom of a litigious age, or whether it could save lives; the advice to head to ... read more


Geo: 54.313, -130.326A very flat day at sea -- very calm, too. Warm. Paul and I very diligently walked three miles around the upper deck, which was quite pleasant in the breeze. We spent a large part of the afternoon on the stern, reading. In the evening, went to the show, a tribute to Broadway. We are all impressed with the male vocalist, but the female vocalist leaves a lot to be desired.... read more


The rain was falling softly when we awoke to mist covered hills once again. The weather didn’t look particularly inviting for a sail down the infamous Inside Passage to Port Hardy, the northern most town on Vancouver Island. Still we have been blessed by good weather so far, so why should today be any different? It was with trepidation we boarded the Queen of Prince Rupert this morning, as the ferry we were supposed to take, The Queen of the North, sank six weeks ago during the night travelling down the Inside Passage killing two! We only heard about the sinking purely by chance in Glacier National Park when watching the news. The news story was about the first sailing following the accident. Gail asked if that was our ship, and I responded that sure was ... read more
Prince Rupert
The Queen of Prince Rupert
The Queen of Prince Rupert


We expected to awake to the sounds of lashing rain as we were in Prince Rupert, the place where we were informed that it rains and rains and rains. Everyone told us we better take our umbrellas as it will most definitely be raining! However, it was a glorious day, not too much blue sky, but still a great day for exploring Prince Rupert. Driving down a few blocks to the centre of PR, we parked the car and intended to view the museum, but they told us they were closing shortly for lunch and to come back after 1pm when they would reopen. It was a short stroll over to Cow Bay, a quaint little harbour area with cute shops and a market place selling local artefacts. Decided to meander through the market place first, ... read more
Prince Rupert
Cow Bay
Cow Bay


We awoke to heavy mists lying low over the estuary hiding the beautiful mountain views and the rain had returned. The very thing the Canadian immigration lady was complaining about to us the day before when we remarked how lovely the weather was. We knew the locals would be complaining about how much they were fed up with the grey over cast days and the incessant rain they would want the sunshine and blue skies of the past two days back. After breakfast Liisa backed the car up close to the deck and I was able to load the suitcases in from the same height as the car, I’m remarking on this because it was so nice not having to heave them up into the boot. We said our goodbyes to the hotel staff and told ... read more
Leaving Stewart
Stewart-Cassiar HWY
Stewart-Cassiar HWY


We hit the road early this morning, and made breakfast at the ferry terminal while waiting to load - oatmeal with raisins, and decaf mocha. Loading was its usual lengthy affair. This time we were placed at the middle of the vessel - last time we were nearly at the front. The day dawned with promising blue skies. Although these were overtaken occasionally early in the day by gray clouds, most of the day was clear and no rain! This was really a pleasant change. The return voyage was most uneventful - calm seas and blue skies. We had the great good fortune to enjoy an impromptu concert, which lasted much of the voyage. A number of musicians who had been in the Queen Charlottes for the music festival July 8-10, were taking this sailing back ... read more


We have enjoyed poking around Prince Rupert today. It’s a town of about 15,000, reminds both of us of small towns we have lived in. We were able to find a shoe repair place very quickly, and get my broken belly bag repaired. We were also able, finally, to replace that fresh crab dinner we had been looking forward to in Ucluelet - a nice seafood place in Cow Bay had half crab dinners for $13.95. Also had excellent chowder there! We’re catching up with our email at a nice little internet café called Java Dot Cup, and they charge only $3.50 an hour, the cheapest we’ve found so far. After posting this, we’ll head out for more exploration, and hopefully make it an early night tonight in preparation for another voyage tomorrow. It takes about ... read more


We rose at 4:30 to batten down Vanita, shower, and make our ferry connection to Prince Rupert. The day dawned grey and the sun remained hidden for the entire journey. By the middle of the afternoon, the clouds started to give off a steady drizzle, which lasted until the end of the day. It took them over an hour to load the ferry - a far cry from what we are used to on the southern routes. But they pack them in like sardines. The ferry was completely full; we figured it held about 150 vehicles, a few of which were RVs. Fortunately we were one of the first ones aboard, so we were able to get out of the car and start exploring the ship. The ferry journey lasts a full 16 hours. We made ... read more
Lighthouse
Tour of the Bridge




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