Prince Rupert Shopping
Having an adventurous island vacation first requires going on some shopping adventures in order to buy the proper gear. Prince Rupert's historic store-fronts are a major port of call for visitors from around the world just as the city’s founder, Charles Melville Hays, had dreamed in the late 1800s. The only things not for sale in Prince Rupert’s boutique shopping areas and one major mall are its unique charm, rich coastal history and priceless opportunities to interact up-close with nature.
Cow Bay Shopping District
There is no shortage of things to buy when visiting quaint little Cow Bay in Prince Rupert: a pedicure, lingerie, souvenirs, fresh fish, or gear for a coastal hike and scuba expedition to name a few. This unique marine shopping haven is often hopping with passengers from cruise ships on their way to or from Alaska that have docked for a few hours at Prince Rupert's Port. Shoppers can fill up on seafood, coffee and treats at one of many restaurants and cafes in Cow Bay, but it’s been a long time since anyone has been able to buy a cow here.
Historic Downtown Shopping District
Many of downtown Prince Rupert’s shops are housed in buildings dating back to when it was first developing as a major transportation hub in the late 1800’s. Inside these buildings, however, shoppers may find the latest brand names such as Canon, Nike, the North Face, and Helly Hansen. There also lots of neat cafes and restaurants to stop at after a full day of shopping for women’s apparel, jewelry and souvenirs. Downtown Prince Rupert merchants work together to provide free transportation to and from the Atlin Terminal in Cow Bay so that cruise ship passengers may hunt for bargains while exploring the city.
Rupert Square Shopping Centre
It would be a shame to miss that perfect snap-shot of a jumping whale or scavenging grizzly bear and even worse to not send postcards to less adventurous friends back home. Had Charles Melville Hays not died in the early 20th Century a hotel, and not Rupert Square Shopping Centre, would likely be standing in the heart of Prince Rupert's historic downtown shopping district. From electronics, to women’s fashions, to work wear, and athletic gear, the Rupert Square Shopping Centre’s 20 shops sell a wide range of products. Shoppers may take a break from a hectic day of shopping at one of the many restaurants and cafes that are located close to the mall.