In a couple of earlier posts I talked about our scenic trip from Smithers to Prince Rupert on Via Rail and our incredible Bear Watching Trip in Prince Rupert. Apart from these obvious highlights how was our stay in Northern BC?
Our flights Vancouver to Smithers and then Prince Rupert to Vancouver were on Hawkair. We really enjoyed the flights and the customer service was excellent, particularly in Prince Rupert where the staff was very friendly.
Fun fact: Prince Rupert airport is located on Digby Island which is only accessible by ferry. Hawkair provided a shuttle bus from their Prince Rupert office which included the ferry so we had no problem getting there but we highly recommend you factor travel time into your itinerary.
Travel hack: like many small airlines Hawkair charges you for every checked bag, small or large. Susannah and I each packed a small suitcase but as we were charged by the bag it would have been more economical to pack together in one larger suitcase. Overall, Hawkair was awesome and I’d totally fly with them again.
While in Prince Rupert we stayed for two nights at the Eagle Bluff B&B which is a great looking, very popular, quirky little B&B, centrally located and right on the water. We did have the top floor Lighthouse room booked but there was a booking mix-up and we were put in a much lower value room with two single beds for the first night. The room itself was a bit cramped. For a solo business traveler or two close friends it would be ok, but it is a bit pricey for what you get. You know what they say though…..location, location, location…..this B&B certainly has a fabulous spot.
Susannah’s sister Liz, who joined us from Smithers, stayed at the Crest Hotel which was within walking distance. Rather than spending the evening in our room, we went to Liz’s hotel and shared a bottle of wine and some delicious appies at Charley’s Lounge, the in-house bar.
The next morning we were up early and had a delicious home cooked breakfast before heading off on our incredible bear watching trip. When we returned we were able to move into the Lighthouse room for our second night. Was the upgrade worth it? Yes. Here’s a timelapse of the sunset view which we enjoyed over a glass of wine.
The next morning’s breakfast was again abundant and fresh. From conversations at the breakfast table, it seems that this B&B gets a lot of regular customers. The host seemed to know our two breakfast companions quite well.
Overall I’d say that The Eagle Bluff B&B has a great location and the views are awesome. Be sure to get the Lighthouse room though as it is the bee’s knees of B&B rooms and, in my opinion, worthy of the price tag.
Other things that were cool about Prince Rupert:
Smile’s Cafe had really really good fish and chips. I’d recommend it but be patient, the service is a little slow. The food was absolutely worth the wait.
Cowpuccino’s Coffee House serves really good coffee. We didn’t eat there but the food looked pretty good also and the service was friendly.
Prince Rupert seemed to have a cow theme going on.
I have to say, I really enjoyed our time up North. If you are looking for an escape from the city and a little adventure, Prince Rupert should be on your list. I know would definitely visit again.
Thanks to Hawkair, Prince Rupert Adventure Tours, and Liz and Bill for making this trip possible.