A rainbow is visible when there are water droplets in the air and sunlight refracts at a low angle.
As the #1 rainiest and cloudiest City in Canada, Prince Rupert is the perfect environment for rainbows.
Across cultures, rainbows have become symbols for inclusivity and diversity. Historically, they have also been considered the calm after a storm or a bridge between places.
Prince Rupert is all of these things and more!
Prince Rupert is the #1 City in Canada for annual rainfall, the greatest number of days with rain, and the most days of more than 25mm rain in a single day. With 259.4 cm of rainfall annually, we receive twice as much as Vancouver, Seattle or London!
Prince Rupert is the #1 City in Canada for the number of hours of cloud cover and least amount of sunlight (100 days a year). Clouds + rain = the best environment for seeing rainbows!
Comparable to the raw natural splendour of the rainbow, Prince Rupert is the only City in the Great Bear Rainforest, located between the Coastal Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
As the first city to adopt the RCMP’s Safe Spaces program, with an active high school gay-straight alliance, and a rainbow walkway that even the Prime Minister has been on, Prince Rupert’s close-knit small town culture is open-minded and welcoming.
Prince Rupert is a microcosm of Canadian diversity: Indigenous peoples make up nearly 40% of the population on the traditional territory of the Coast Tsimshian. In addition, there are also active ethnic community groups representing Vietnamese, Chinese, East Indian, Filipino, and Portuguese.
It's more than our people that are diverse. Formerly the halibut and salmon capital of the world, Prince Rupert is also home to grizzly and black bears, eagles, ravens, wolves, orcas, dolphins, humpbacks, and so much more.
Prince Rupert has emerged as a strategic Asian-Pacific gateway between two continents with a diverse array of cargoes. We are also the transportation gateway to Haida Gwaii, Vancouver Island, and Southeast Alaska.
After decades of decline associated with the closure of the local pulp mill and collapse of the commercial fishing industry, the City is finally seeing the start of a major resurgence.
Originally a traditional gathering and trading place amongst area First Nations, Prince Rupert is the terminus to the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, has been an American World War Two outpost, a fishing town, and now a growing international port.
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