We sailed south through the night, crossing the border between Alaska and Canada, and woke up next to Prince Rupert, British Columbia. After brunch, we headed ashore to visit the town and surrounding area. Guests explored the temperate rainforest on foot, getting to know some of the local vegetation and a few of the animal inhabitants. We used hand lenses to look at small lichens and mosses, and enjoyed the view out into the surrounding harbor. At the end of the hike we found a salt marsh, which hosts some unique biodiversity and provides crucial habitat for many intertidal and marine species. Some of the guests also traveled to a nearby cannery museum to learn about the region’s industrial history. We learned about fishing practices from the early 1900s and got a first-hand look at the equipment used to package local salmon for shipping around the world. Other guests explored the many shops, cafes, and museums in town. After a full day, we returned to the ship for dinner, drinks, and the wonderful company on board.
National Geographic Venture
The first full day within the boundaries of the temperate rainforest set the scene for our upcoming trip as the weather consisted mostly of rain. After embarking in Ketchikan, Alaska, our first stop was Prince Rupert, Canada to fill out customs forms and visit the town. The rain did not dampen anyone’s spirits, as over half the boat hiked the Rushbrook trail. Alders and red cedars lined the trail on either side. Some of the cedar trees were culturally modified, as bark strippings were observed. Those not on the hike visited the North Pacific Cannery, or the Museum of Northern British Columbia, and don’t forget time spent wandering around town! Returning from the day’s activities, guests had a chance to stop at Cowpuccino’s, a local coffee shop where they could order a complimentary hot beverage. As the day came to an end and the rain subsided, a rainbow broke out to cap off a wonderful day spent exploring Prince Rupert.