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Prince George to Rupert

Postby cnr1949 » Tue Feb 09, 2016 7:56 pm

I'm considering doing the PG to PR trip this winter. It should be spectacular through that country when there's snow on the peaks. Has anyone done this trip recently? Is there any food service on the train? Any suggestions for hotels within walking distance of the stations at either end of the trip?
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Re: Prince George to Rupert

Postby jp1822 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:24 am

There is a Sheraton or Crest/Coast Hotel in Prince George. I can't recall any luxurious locations In Prince George. But in Prince Rupert, I've taken a cab from the train station to The Crest Hotel.

Just make sure the train is running. I saw it bustituted a lot last January (2015) when I was in Jasper. Food service is limited to the Park Car or coach car. Ideally VIA should run baggage, coach, and Park Car. But this even varied. Keep in mind that daylight is limited.

BUT, if all aligns and you are get a train with the right cars, it's a spectacular trip in winter!
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Re: Prince George to Rupert

Postby cnr1949 » Thu Feb 11, 2016 7:29 pm

Thanks for the warning about the "bus". That would be a terrible disappointment.
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Re: Prince George to Rupert

Postby Rockingham Racer » Fri Feb 12, 2016 7:04 am

Is there a way to get from Prince Rupert down to Vancouver on rail [without backtracking to Jasper] or by ferry?
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Re: Prince George to Rupert

Postby Nicholas Chen » Fri Feb 12, 2016 7:45 am

No trains aside frrom going back to Jasper, and the only ferries go to Port Hardy (on Vancouver Island but a long way from Vancouver) or up north towards Alaska.
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Re: Prince George to Rupert

Postby NorthWest » Fri Feb 12, 2016 10:23 am

You can take the Alaska Marine Highway ferry down to Bellingham, WA (about 50 miles south of Vancouver) and take Amtrak Cascades up to Vancouver. The ferry terminal and train station in Bellingham are essentially adjacent.
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Re: Prince George to Rupert

Postby Rockingham Racer » Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:05 am

I appreciate that. It appears that one has to go north from Prince Rupert to either Ketchikan or Juneau, change, then go back south. Add a room and it comes to about $900.00 plus food. Not too cheap!
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Re: Prince George to Rupert

Postby jp1822 » Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:32 am

You can fly between Vancouver and Prince Rupert. There used to be like two flights a day through Air Canada. RDC's - no not in operation on this route. I would just call VIA or try to call the Jasper train station and see if they have any info on whether the trip to Prince Rupert has been a "train" or a "bus."
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Re: Prince George to Rupert

Postby Mark0f0 » Sat Aug 06, 2016 1:43 am

Did the trip last summer. Food is minimal in Economy, but you can buy a beer, a few liqueurs, and a few random snacks from the menu. Hit the Save on Foods in Prince George and pick something up if you arrive before closing time. Its not that bad of a walk from the station/downtown.

Jasper hotels are a dime a dozen and unfortunately can be extremely pricey. Rupert hotels really aren't 'walking distance' especially at night (they use the ferry terminal for arrivals/departures, not the old train station which is not that far from the hotels/downtown, unfortunately). But a $10 cab ride takes you anywhere in the city pretty much. I stayed at the "Prince Rupert Hotel".

If you're going in the winter, and anticipate arriving in the Terrace area after dark (which would usually be the case in the winter), I highly suggest that you find your way back to Terrace on the train to finish things up, and then fly out of Terrace. The Skeena River is spectacular in daylight. I'd almost say that you're probably better off, in the winter, to do the trip eastbound, so you get to see the highlights, instead of just travelling in pitch black If you arrive in Burns Lake, Vanderhoof, Prince George in the dark eastbound, its not a big deal.
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