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Butze Rapids Interpretive Trail

When heading from Terrace to Prince Rupert, if I could recommend a "must see", it would be the Butze Rapids Interpretive Trail.

Located directly before Prince Rupert off Highway 16, it is a beautiful 1.5 hour walk (4.5 kiometres) to stretch your legs, go on an adventure with the children, or walk the dogs. It takes about 30 minutes (1.9 kilometres) to reach a viewing platform that looks out over the Butze Rapids. What makes these rapids unique is during tide changes between high and low water, the river can be seen reversing directions.My family once went out with a picnic and watched the tide come in, and saw the rapids begin to change directions. It is a fascinating natural feature not frequently seen. The walk itself is very striking. It is such an experience to walk through a path completely surrounded by moss, ferns and other greenery.

This is a must when visiting the north coast in order to get full immersion into the beautiful rainforests of British Columbia.Editor's note: Learn more about things to do in Prince Rupert here.


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Taken on July 22, 2010