Within our coastal city you will find numerous parks providing recreation for citizens and visitors alike. There are places to sit and enjoy or stroll, walk, run or ride. Overlooking the downtown area is Roosevelt Park in honor of the City’s participation in wartime and Totem Park that honors our First Nations heritage. Walk from Cow Bay to Kwinitsa Station along the waterfront Millennium Walkway. You can grab a light lunch or snack at one of the cafes, or have a dinner with a view in the evening.
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 harbor. The statue was designed by sculptor, Elek Imredy.
Additionally, 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 Prince Rupert Rotary Club, 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 honor the Scandinavian influence on the city.
The Prince Rupert Rotary Club and the Prince Rupert City & Regional Archives are responsible for the memorial brick orders for the memorial wall in the park. Since the first order of bricks was received in August 1991, there are now over 950 memorial bricks placed in the walls.
Rotary Waterfront Park
Prince Rupert's Rotary Waterfront Park was first envisioned in the early 1990s to give residents and visitors access to the city's waterfront. By 1998 construction of the park began, with financial support coming from the Hecate Strait and Prince Rupert Rotary clubs. A whale statue that graces the park was created by the late artist, Hans Siniarski, and donated by his family to the city. During annual celebrations such as Seafest, National Aboriginal Day and Winterfest, the park is used as a popular outdoor venue. The park is also home to the Kwinitsa Railway Station Museum. Pedestrians can enjoy the Millennium Walkway that extends from the park, along the shore, towards the cruise ship terminal and Cow Bay. Since 2006, memorial plaques have been installed on the walkway wall in memory of people who lived by and loved the sea.
There are several lakes near the City of Prince Rupert. Prudhomme and Diana Lake offer swimming, boating, and fishing opportunities. These lakes are located a 20-30 minute drive from the City of Prince Rupert, along the Yellowhead Highway.
This park offers a wide variety of water-oriented activities. Sunbathing, swimming and canoeing are popular activities at this lakefront park. It also has a fascinating nature trail that winds through lush coastal rainforest. All five species of Pacific salmon, as well as steelhead, rainbow trout and dolly varden can be found in the lakes and creeks around this park, and you can observe spawning salmon in Diana Creek during August and September.
For more information navigate to the following: Diana Lake Provincial Park.
Prudhomme Lake is a small, forested lakefront campground only a short distance east of Prince Rupert. Nearby Diana Lake Provincial Park provides opportunities for a variety of day-use activities.
For more information navigate to the following: Prudhomme Lake Provincial Park.