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Prince Rupert, BC – Cow Bay Marina

Built in 2016, Cow Bay Marina is the newest marina in Prince Rupert and the best transient moorage option. The docks are modern, clean, and (with the exception of the outside breakwater) well protected. Reservations are recommended in summer, but the staff, led by harbormaster Robin Beattie works hard to accommodate everyone. It is the Canadian Customs port of entry for vessels traveling south from Alaska.

Prince Rupert is a pleasant small city. Several good restaurants, including the Cow Bay Cafe, are close to the marina. A large Safeway supermarket and BC Liquor Store are a short-but-hilly walk from the marina. The Northwest Fuels fuel dock is just east of the adjacent Prince Rupert Rowing & Yacht Club.


Lat/Lon: {54.3189306,-130.3215591}


Anchorage/Holding: None
Mooring Ball: No
Dock: Yes
Protection: Average
Public/Private: Public
Fee: Yes
Fuel Available: Yes
Potable Water: Yes
Electric: 30A / 50A
Garbage: Yes
Pumpout: No
Maintenance: Yes
Groceries: Yes
Laundry: Yes
Liquor: Yes
Transportation: Yes
Cell Service: Average
WiFI: Yes

Groceries: Safeway, 10-15 minute walk
Liquor: BC Liquor Store, 10-15 minute walk
Fuel: 500 yards east at Northwest Fuels
Maintenance: Yes, ask marina office
Transportation: Yes, ask marina office

Slowboat Tips and Activities

Further from the marina, but still within walking distance, are additional stores including Wal-Mart. Good anchorage is available in nearby Pillsbury Cove.

Entry/Exit Hazards

Prince Rupert Harbour can be entered from the south between Digby Island and Kaien Island or from the east by Venn Passage. If entering or exiting from the south, be alert for commercial traffic using the busy port facilities. If entering or exiting via Venn Passage (recommended for Dixon Entrance crossings), pay careful attention to the charts and all markers. Don’t cut any corners. Observe a no-wake zone in front of the airport dock on Digby Island and Metlakatla. Be alert for high-speed sportfishing boats and other traffic.

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The North Pacific Cannery museum can be reached by rental car, bus, or taxi.


Consider a visit to Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary.

Last update of this page: Apr 14, 2019

Last in-person visit by Slowboat team: July 9, 2018

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