Prince Rupert is the perfect destination for a nature-based family vacation, and there are loads of great walking trails within a short distance of the city. Following the coastline, the Rushbrook Trail is a short easy stroll that offers terrific views, and is suitable for kids of all ages. Another lovely nature walk is the Butze Rapid Interpretative Trail, which passes through coastal forests, along tidal shorelines, and small, gurgling creeks. Other family-friendly walks in and near Prince Rupert are the McClymont Trail and Oldfield Creek Hatchery Trail.
Just a short stroll away from the shops and cafes of Cow Bay, Prince Rupert's Sunken Gardens are another lovely spot to explore with youngsters, and it's the perfect place for a picnic. An accessible walking trail connects the two levels of the garden, perfect for a stroll with a pram. In case of hot weather, head to the Earl Mah Aquatic Centre, another favourite destination for active kids.
Additionally, Prince Rupert offers several excursion options for kayaking enthusiasts. Located about 20km southwest of the city, West Lake makes the day for both kids and seasoned kayakers. Eena Lake, located approximately 25km northwest of the city, is not only a fabulous spot for kayaking, but it's also the place to spot wildlife such as beavers and ducks. If you have come unequipped, several businesses in Prince Rupert rent out kayaking and water sports equipment, as well as offering guided tours and kayaking lessons with experienced local guides.