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Address: 215 Cow Bay Rd, Prince Rupert, British Columbia V8J 1A2, Canada
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+1 250-624-4559
11:00 - 17:00
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Located on the ground floor of the Atlin Terminal in the historic Cow Bay...

Located on the ground floor of the Atlin Terminal in the historic Cow Bay district of Prince Rupert, the Port Interpretive Centre tells the story of the Port of Prince Rupert. It is a story that stretches from 10,000 years ago -- when the area served as a vital trading hub for the Ts’msyen First Nation -- to the present, with the rapid growth of the port's commerce in containers, coal, and grain. A highlight for visitors of all ages is the Interactive Trade Route Simulator, a sensory feature that allows visitors to select a commodity and ‘launch’ a ship to visualize the supply chain of imports and exports flowing through the Port of Prince Rupert.

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Very informative

The person there was very helpful and informative. They also offer free maps.This place is on the boardwalk area in the 'Cow-bay' area.

Reviewed 18 April 2017
md c
Medicine Hat, Canada
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Medicine Hat, Canada
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

The person there was very helpful and informative. They also offer free maps.This place is on the boardwalk area in the 'Cow-bay' area.

Thank md c
Prince George, Canada
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

I found this part of the info center very informative about the history of the city and the function it plays with the shipping industry. The Interactive display was informative and a hit with the kids.

Thank Gordtgr
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 April 2017

I came in for the free wifi and the tourism info, and I was pleasantly surprised by all the information about the port! Who knew that Prince Rupert was such an important place for shipping? Super friendly ladies at the desk as well!

Thank Lauren T
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

We started our visit later in the day, but managed to watch two of the videos on the port, its activities, and what the Port Authority had been up to in terms of supporting a nearby community. Wish we'd had more time, and there is much we didn't see.

Thank Karen B
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

This place is very informative and gives you a lot on information about the surroundings like the granary and grain loading, CN rail and container terminal. Also they guide you on the places you can visit.

Thank Sacheen Srikant N
Victoria, BC
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20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016

It offers iInteresting exhibits and excellent information about what there is to see and do in Prince Rupert.

Thank Rapsac4
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2016

I live at the Port of Los Angeles so I like ports and this is a really interesting Interpretive Center where you will learn all about the Port at Prince Rupert. We really enjoyed it. Lots of history.

1 Thank MaryEllenTravels
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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128 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2016

This is an extensive Port Interpretive Centre exhibit that is free to the general public. I went with mmy husband and mmy father. Even as a long-timme formmer resident of PR - I even learned new stuff here!

Thank isabelydancer00
Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2015

Had a little time to kill while waiting for others to arrive & happlily popped in to the centre. It is interactive & engaging with much interesting information & friendly staff. While not a "must do" activity it is certainly worth considering as somewhere to spend a little time to learn about the port & its history.

Thank trvlrs2_12
Invercargill, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 September 2015

Dropped in to this place not sure what to expect. The young staff were all very helpful and it was a pleasure to look around all the information boards.

Thank Louieathens

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