Prince George to Prince Rupert

From Prince George we were taking the VIA Rail service from Jasper to Prince Rupert which stops over night at Prince George. It only starts from Jasper on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday so I guess we caught it on the Monday morning which fits with us having arrived in Prince George on Sunday evening.

The Prince George Rail Station is near the confluence of the Nechako and Frazer Rivers which creates a wide, lake like area of water.

We were amused by the sign warning to look out for moose on the road. Previously in Nova Scotia I’d driven through areas where moose were supposed to be common and never seen any even though the terrain was open moorland. Harder to see them in the British Columbia forests and certainly scary if one emerges onto the road in front of you!

The second part of the rail route traverses the coastal mountains so the scenery was particularly impressive as we neared Prince Rupert. A slight disappointment was that we could not access the panoramic dome car which was reserved for VIA “tourist class” passengers. However Wikipedia says you get a running commentary in that car so maybe we were better off!

Photo Gallery: Prince George to Prince Rupert…

We stayed over night at Prince Rupert to catch the BC Ferry the next day from there to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island via the Inside Passage.

Photo Gallery: “Holiday Snapshots” from a damp Prince Rupert…

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