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The Port of Prince Rupert offers shippers an unparalleled mix of speed, reliability, and reach for connecting Asian and North American markets.

Commonly referred to in the marine industry as ‘The Rupert Advantage’, especially as it relates to our intermodal capabilities, the Port of Prince Rupert stands out in a crowd.

Proximity to Asia

The shortest and fastest trade route on the transpacific.

The Port of Prince Rupert is the closest North American West Coast port to Asia, 500 nautical miles closer than other ports in the Pacific Northwest. This can save up to 60 hours’ sailing time.

Safe Access to Shipping Lanes

Protect your ships and your schedules.

Our deep, wide, and protected approaches enjoy a short, direct access to and from Pacific shipping lanes and offers ample room for anchorages. That’s why our pilot time is 2-6 hours less than other major Northwest ports.

Deepest Natural Harbour in North America

Easily accommodates the largest vessels trans-Pacific trade

Major marine risks are greatly mitigated by the ideal natural features of our harbour. The Port of Prince Rupert has the deepest natural harbour in North America, is ice-free year-round, and is able to accommodate the largest vessels in the shipping trade.

Rail Reach Across North America

Superior and uncongested rail connection into North American markets through CN’s vast network.

Prince Rupert has a direct, single-line connection to the extensive reach of CN’s continental rail network. CN’s northern mainline offers capacity, speed, and the flattest rail grade through the Rocky Mountains to and from resource-rich communities, innovative manufacturing regions and top-tier distribution centres in Canada and the US.

CN connects Prince Rupert to North America through its “coast-to-coast-to-coast” rail network, providing efficient and consistent access to key customers in Eastern Canada, the Midwestern United States, and all points in between. 

Average rail travel time to Midwest Hubs from West Coast ports (days)
From Prince RupertFrom SeattleFrom Los Angeles
To Chicago4.155
To Toronto4.566
To Memphis575

North America’s Gateway for Trade

With Prince Rupert, it’s easy to make the grade.

With CN’s connections to distribution hubs throughout the Midwest and clear to the Gulf of Mexico, Prince Rupert keeps containers moving to North America’s biggest population centres.

Trains travelling from Prince Rupert take advantage of the gentlest grade through the Rocky Mountains compared to any other West Coast port. Combined with our lack of urban congestion, that means high-speed performance—that burns less diesel.

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