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Sep 23rd 2019, 04:22 AM   #1
 Mikeames's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Blaine, WA

  2012 Yamaha FJR1300
Canada? Road to Prince Rupert any good?

Living in Blaine, I often ride up in Canada too.
Iíve thinking about doing the West side of the Duffy Lake loop and then continuing on up to Prince Rupert, BC them taking the ferry down to Port Hardy and ride South down Vancouver Island toward home.
Just wondering about the road quality going up to Prince Rupert. Is it curvy, scenic, lots of traffic, etc??
Considered the road to Bella Coola, but with 30+ miles of gravel it may not be too enjoyable on my FJR1300 with street tires. A little gravel here and there doesnít worry me too much, but think Iíd be concerned of popping a tire tiding that much gravel in the middle of nowhere. Looks like a great ride on an adventure bike.
Thoughts on the road to Prince Rupert?
Sep 23rd 2019, 09:47 AM   #2
 jared p's Avatar
  Jan 2016

It's a long ferry ride down. However I am also interested in this info, google satellite view shows it paved as far as I saw though.
Sep 23rd 2019, 07:10 PM   #3
 Mikeames's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Blaine, WA

  2012 Yamaha FJR1300
Long and fairly spendy ferry. Close to $400 between you and the bike.
I canít imagine that the scenery isnít pretty great when itís not dark out.
Sep 24th 2019, 08:28 AM   #4
 A2B's Avatar
  Jan 2019
  Methow Valley

  ATK Rotax, Buell xb12ss, CL160
This is 3 year old info.,but the hwy out to Prince Rupert is really nice and follows the skeena river. Good salmon fishing and Prince Rupert is/was a cannery town so lots of fresh seafood options. Terrace is a nice town for accommodations and supplies. If I remember they had two motorcycle shops. I was in Bella Cools this time last year. The road out is remote for accomodations and gas. The gravel section is steep (14%) but we'll maintained. I was told " don't even try it, if it's raining). Senery is awesome around Bella Cools, but not much else, very small towns with just the basics. The grizzly bears are everywhere, don't plan to tent. Way too dangerous this time of season. They are all down feeding on salmon, great nature show.
Oct 1st 2019, 05:02 PM   #5
  Oct 2019

I drove from Prince Rupert to Vancouver via Smithers, Prince George, and West Kelowna in July. (Honeymoon.) Very nice roads -- no dirt. (I know you were asking about more coastal route though.)
Oct 1st 2019, 06:08 PM   #6
  Jan 2016

  2014 FJR-ES
I have been to Bella Coola twice and the dirt section is easily doable on a FJR when dry and a fun ride going east because you are riding uphill. The pavement between Bella Coola was very good in 2015.

I would just save the ferry cost and ride directly to Bella Coola and backtrack to Williams Lake. If you want to ride the ferry, do it from Vancouver Island so you can ride up the “Hill”.

Be aware the lone gas station in Bella Coola was closed on Sunday the last time I was there.

Edited by mcrider007 on Oct 1st 2019 at 06:10 PM
Oct 2nd 2019, 05:49 AM   #7
 wrecks's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  In the past.

Prince Rupert and Back

Road is great all the way a couple years back.
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