How to Get Here
Two of the most common questions I receive from prospective guests are “Where are you out of?” and “how do I get to the Tugboat?”
Pacific Tugboat Adventures’ daily mobility and seasonal relocations add to the questions of where do the Tugboats operate and how to get there. We have chosen three separate regions in the remote northern British Columbia coast, each for their abundance of salmon runs, spectacular scenery, natural wildlife and seclusion.
Prince Rupert is serviced by Canada’s international Airline, Air Canada and can be accessed from all major cities in the USA and abroad. We have travel agents who offer special adventure rates from the United States to Prince Rupert. We recommend considering these options as the savings can be significant.
Pacific Tugboat has also made arrangements with Vancouver Airport and Prince Rupert area hotels that offer you a special tugboat rate while also shuttling you to and from your connecting flights, storing your frozen and professionally packaged catch and offering you free vehicle parking while gone on your tugboat adventure.
To ease your travel plans, Pacific Tugboat Adventures in association with British Columbia’s largest regional airline, Pacific Coastal Airlines has reserved space for all guests on very comfortable land based aircraft for flights from Vancouver B.C. to the Bella Bella airport. The flight is a little more than an hour. A fifteen minute shuttle after landing takes guests to the vessel at dockside where Pacific Tugboat Adventures’ crew is waiting to greet you. You need only make arrangements to get to Vancouver B.C. which can be easily accessed from anywhere in North America.
Some guests combine a Tugboat Adventure with an extended motor vacation. There are a few locations from which you can join us. If you are doing a tour of Vancouver Island in August/September you could fly out of Port Hardy on the north end of the Island and join us 100 miles north in the Bella Bella region. You can also catch a ferry from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert and join us fishing and cruising on the waters of this majestic BC/Alaska border region before carrying on to Alaska and the rest of your adventure. Of course you could drive to Prince Rupert along Highway 16 from Alberta or travel Highways 1, 97, and 16 from Vancouver to Prince George and then Prince Rupert. This is a spectacular scenic drive through wild river canyons, mountain ranges and some flat lands. Please bear in mind the drive from Vancouver to Prince Rupert is 928 miles or about 17 hours following the posted speed limits. Allow at least a couple of days to get there.
There are facilities to park your vehicle in Prince Rupert while on your Pacific Tugboat Adventure. There is also ample, secure parking at the Vancouver Airport if you choose to join us on the reserved flights from Vancouver.