Laxspa’aws is the Tsimshian name for the tiny island across from the community of Metlakatla and set on reserve land of the Metlakatla Band. Its name means, "island of sand" and it is locally known as Pike Island.
The island is covered by a mature forest canopy that provides comfortable shelter for visitors. Gentle walking trails have been cleared and covered with wood chips to make walking easy and enjoyable. Occasional benches provide a place to pause and enjoy the forest enclave.
Despite the island’s small size, there are five archaeological sites. Of these, three are village sites and archaeological evidence suggests that two of them were last occupied some 1,800 years ago. As you visit the sites, guides will point out depressions on the forest floor and show you where longhouses once stood. Depending on the tide, you may see petroglyphs (rock carvings) as you walk along the beach. You can also learn about Tsimshian heritage and you will learn about the traditional uses of cedar and other plants while you explore.
Held the second weekend in June, is Prince Rupert’s major community " Blow-Out". Celebrating the end of winter, there are four days of parades, dances, flyovers, competitions and general fun and enjoyment. Party on!
The Museum of Northern British Columbia is the centerpiece of our Cultural District. This world-class museum houses art and artifacts exploring the wealth of history and culture on BC’s Northwest Coast. Visitors may find First Nations artisans creating new works of art in the Carving Shed, or share in the experience of First Nations dance performances in the Longhouse.