Named after Prince Rupert of the Rhine (a nephew of King Charles
I), the charming town of Prince Rupert - like much of Kaien Island
- was virtually uninhabited until relatively recently. The town
grew almost entirely around the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, which
arrived in March 1910. Its general manager, Charles Hays, opted to
build the terminus on the island as he felt it had huge potential
as a port.
Sadly, Hays perished in the Titanic disaster of 1912, but his
plans were nonetheless carried out and Prince Rupert grew into a
bustling fishing port. The pretty island began to develop as a
tourist attraction. Enjoying a mild climate, Prince Rupert boasts
lush greenery and wonderfully scenic surroundings, along with a
collection of fascinating museums. With much to recommend it, the
town and the island have been a perennially popular attraction for
almost a century.