Prince Rupert’s heritage as a thriving fishing community is recalled in the Cow Bay Shopping District. During the days when salmon canneries thrived all along the surrounding coast, and so much fresh halibut was shipped from Prince Rupert that it was famous as the “Halibut Capital of the World,” this was the home of the “Mosquito Fleet.” Today Cow Bay is a waterfront area of historic buildings, many of them built on pilings over the water. Though visitors will still find working marine shops providing services for the commercial fleet, Cow Bay is a trendy shopping district where visitors can book area tours, visit a variety of boutiques, including souvenir and gift shops, or relax in one of several restaurants and coffee shops. The Atlin Terminal shopping centre features the Ice House Gallery, an artists’ cooperative where visitors can browse through a wide selection of works by local artists.
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