Not a lot of people make it up to Prince Rupert and even fewer spend much time there. But I'm sure some of you guys know about the place. The one question I have at the moment is whether or not there are any good view-points of the terminal and the ferries arriving and leaving?
Also, what ferries should someone look out for up there? I think the old Nicola works up there but she's still in Nanaimo I think. And then there's the Airport Ferry. Where do those ferries load/unload?
Post by Koastal Karl on Apr 27, 2008 21:56:51 GMT -8
Alaska Ferries terminal is right next to the BC Ferries terminal in fact I think they are sharing facilities right now while they work on the Alaska Ferry dock. The Airport ferry loads just down from where the BC Ferries terminal is. I think the Nicola uses that same dock too but ties up somewhere else.
Post by Coastal Skier on Apr 28, 2008 9:21:06 GMT -8
I think if you can get to the other side of the terminal, you can some pretty nice shots. I didn't have the time to explore Prince Rupert so I didn't catch any exterior Photos of the NorAd when I went on her last year, but I have seen some pretty nice photos taken at Prince Rupert from the other side of the terminal building.
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I personally never did any exploring of the Fairview Terminal vicinity, however, like the other two guys said, all Prince Rupert ferries, including the Nicola, as well as VIA Rail's Skeena, use the Fairview Terminal facility. I'm positive if you took a look around, or even perhaps while you're on board the ferry itself, you can count on views of most, if not all ferries.
The Fairview Terminal area of Prince Rupert actually has a quite a bit of ferry traffic, especially as we had into the summer schedules. As has already been said all ferry facilities are all in that same area. The list includes:
- BC Ferries to the Inside Passage (3 or 4 sailings each way per week) & Haida Gwaii (4 to 6 round trips per week) - Alaska Ferries to Ketchikan, Skagway & points in between (4 sailings each way per week) - The Prince Rupert Airport / Digby Island ferry (~12 round trips daily) - The Nicola service to Lax Kw'alaams/Port Simpson - Prince Rupert Via Rail Terminal (shared facility with BC Ferries) 3 passenger trains per week in each direction - CN Aquatrain terminal - located ~ 500 metres north of BC Ferry terminal (for more info see reply # 56 here ferriesbc.proboards20.com/index.cgi?board=nonBCF&action=display&thread=539&page=3) - the Fairview box boat (container ship) terminal is located immediately south of the BC Ferry terminal
As far a viewing and photographing all of this, I have the following tips:
- Walk from the BCF terminal northward along the CN rail line toward 'down town' Prince Rupert. This gives good views back to the BCF terminal and whatever ship is berthed there. (BTW, the rail line at this point has lost most of its traffic to the coal,grain and container ports. Trains are still possible, however, so be careful.) The following photo was taken on our Spring Break vacation from this location.
- The shoreline on Ridley Island just to the south of the coal and grain terminals will provide very good views of the BC & Alaska ferries entering & leaving the harbour. This is accessed from the Ridley terminals road which intersects with Hwy 16 about 5 km east of down town Prince Rupert. The ferries are not coming & going as frequently as in Active Pass so knowing their expected arrival and departure times would be helpful in timing a side trip to Ridley Island. If you would like more info on this option let me know.
Last Edit: Apr 28, 2008 22:25:39 GMT -8 by WettCoast