Cameron Cove acquired the name of Cow Bay in the early days of Prince Rupert, when the first herd of dairy cows arrived there and had to swim ashore because no dock had yet been built. A waterfront area of historic buildings, many of them built on pilings over the water, this area is today a funky shopping district where visitors can book area tours, visit a variety of boutiques, including souvenir and gift shops, or relax in one of several restaurants and coffee shops. Downtown Prince Rupert consists of department stores, and a wide variety of shops and galleries, in a scenic setting with fountains, gardens and totem poles sprinkled among the historic architecture.

Prince Rupert is a coastal city of about 12,000 people in Northwest British Columbia. Set against a spectacular backdrop of mountains and sea, Prince Rupert is a great place to golf, fish, hike, and enjoy water sports. A number of local operators provide scenic tours of Prince Rupert and the surrounding area. Arrange a tour by air, with a local helicopter pilot or seaplane operator, or take a leisurely harbour cruise. Biking, hiking, kayaking, and bus tours are also available. Take a light lunch or snack in one of the cafes or come back for dining at night. Prince Rupert also has a wide range of outdoor activities suited for every taste. There is the native art collection to explore at the Museum of Northern British Columbia and the opportunity to enjoy sport fishing and to view the local wildlife.

British Columbia has long been famous for being one of the world's finest sport fishing destinations. Visitors also come here for the provinces spectacular beauty of our long coastline, with its countless islands, narrow fiords and white sand beaches. The provinces wild Pacific shores seem to go on forever.

A Salt Water Fishing License is required to fish in Canadian salt waters. This license is issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Pacific Region). A Fresh Water Fishing License is required to fish in fresh waters in British Columbia. This license is issued by the Ministry of Environment, Fish and Wildlife.



For more information on tourism opportunities, see links below:

City of Prince Rupert

Love Prince Rupert

Tourism Prince Rupert

Super, Natural British Columbia - Prince Rupert




Emergency Information


Local Emergency Contact Number 911

Provincial Emergency Contact Number 1-800-663-3456

Fire Hall - Non-Emergency/Administration 250-627-1248

Public Works - Regular Hours 250-624-6795

Public Works - After Hours/Weekends 250-624-3000