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Prince Rupert Ferries & Ferry Travel Information

Prince Rupert ferry service is provided by both BC Ferries and the Alaska Marine Highway. Reservations are required well in advance on both the Alaska and BC ferry ferry systems These ferry systems are integral to the economy of the region and to the economy of Prince Rupert and travelling up the Inside Passage into Alaska from Prince Rupert shaves considerable time & dollars off the ferry trip to Alaska beginning in Bellingham WA.

Prince Rupert is located on the northern coast of British Columbia & is the hub port where ferries crossing from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, ferries from Alaska and ferries from the Queen Charlottes, meet.


It is a thriving city and with spectacular waterfalls, white sand beaches, hot springs, Humpback whales, Canada’s only Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, eagles & seals, Prince Rupert is a favorite stop for ferry travellers.

Amongst the more popular activities available in this City of Rainbows are the Palmerville grizzly bear expeditions; whale watching tours; "Bite Me" fishing charters plus kayaking, sailing trips and golf.


Less strenuous activities enjoyed by Prince Rupert visitors include marine life harbour tours, heli-sightseeing, visiting the variety of museums and exploring the unique shopping in Cow Bay & the Historic district. BC Ferries operates year-round auto/passenger ferry service with ferries travelling between Prince Rupert, Port Hardy and Skidegate. The May thru October sailings between Port Hardy & Prince Rupert are 15 hours. 

Alaska Marine ferries travel year-round up & down the Inside Passage and to the Alaska Peninsula

Reservations absolutely must be made well in advance for the Alaska ferry, BC ferries and for lodging in Prince Rupert.

The late arrival (1030pm) / departure times (730am) of the BC ferries mean accommodations in Port Hardy & Prince Rupert are in heavy demand and the most popular properties are often sold out months in advance.




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