The Mariner's Memorial Park located at the foot of McBride Street overlooks the harbour and is dedicated to those who lost their lives at sea. A bronze statue of a mariner at the helm of a fishing vessel points to the entrance of the harbour. The statue was designed by sculptor, Elek Imredy.
A mariner's memorial monument dedicated to fishermen lost at sea was first brought to the attention of City Council in April 1987. Council zoned the old Chatham House property for park use in March 1988 and had already agreed to use the land for a monument to mariners lost at sea.
The Pacific Mariner's Memorial Society was formed and clean-up of the park site was started in March 1990. The Japanese skiff "Kazu Maru" that drifted across the Pacific from Owase Japan, (Prince Rupert's sister city) and washed up on the coast of the Queen Charlotte Islands in 1987 was restored and is located in the park in a Japanese style structure. The grand opening of the park was on August 25, 1990.
Among the beautiful gardens, antique buoys, and a ships propeller enhance the nautical theme of the park. A playground for small children was constructed by the Lions Club in 1994 and the Sons of Norway Vinland Lodge No. 28 unveiled a memorial that consists of five flagpoles carrying the flags of the Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, and an anchor to honour the Scandinavian influence on the city.
The Prince Rupert Rotary Club and the Prince Rupert City & Regional Archives look after the memorial brick orders. Since the first order of bricks were received in August 1991 there is now over 950 memorial bricks placed in the walls. There is one wall for those that died at sea and one wall for those that lived by and loved the sea.