Update on Tourism Prince Rupert's Community Signage Improvement Project
Prince Rupert, October 18th, 2022 - Tourism Prince Rupert’s Community Signage Improvement Project is on-track for completion by the end of 2022. This project will see the installation of two new welcome signs at each main entrance to the community off Highway 16, as well as the installation of new wayfinding and informational signage throughout the downtown and main tourism areas, highlighting our community's main attractions, activating the new City districts identified in the Prince Rupert 2030 Vision, showcasing the work of local artists, and including Sm'algyax language. Funding for this project has been provided through the Province of British Columbia’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program, the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Community Investment Fund, and Tourism Prince Rupert Society Funds.
Highway Sign Removal
On October 18th, the existing “Welcome to the City of Prince Rupert” sign at the Eastern Highway 16 entrance to Prince Rupert was removed in preparation for the installation of the new sign. The new base will be prepared in the coming weeks, with the new sign installed shortly thereafter.
New Community Welcome Sign Designs
Highway 16 West - Entrance from Galloway Rapids Bridge
Highway 16 South - Entrance from BC Ferries / Via Rail Terminal
New Wayfinding Signage Install
Broadwater Industries has begun work to prepare the footings for the wayfinding signage across Prince Rupert’s downtown and main visitor areas. These include Cow Bay, Rotary Waterfront Park, Rushbrook Floats, Mariner’s Park, downtown next to City Hall, and more.
New Wayfinding Signage Designs
Our project aims to improve the visitor experience through the installation of new wayfinding & welcome signage across Prince Rupert, to support local business recovery from COVID-19 by helping direct more traffic to key areas, and to remove and replace outdated & inconsistent signage. We also aimed to create new paid opportunities for local artists and to display more public art in Prince Rupert’s downtown. Finally, we seek to create new opportunities for the inclusion of Sm’algyax language and Indigenous art in public spaces. The project has been underway since the fall of 2021 and aligns with the Prince Rupert 2030 Vision’s placemaking & downtown improvement strategies.
Cow Bay & Waterfront District Signage Concept Design - Artwork by Kristen McKay
Midtown District Signage Concept Design - Artwork by Lucy Trimble
Historic Downtown District Signage Concept Design - Artwork by Chris Fraser
Marina District Signage Concept Design - Artwork by Rod Tasaka
Wayfinding Installation map
Project Timeline Summary
Call for Artists executed November 26th, 2021. Participating artists confirmed January 5th, 2022.
Russell Mather – Welcome Sign Artwork + Font Development
Lucy Trimble – Midtown District Artwork
Kristen McKay – Cow Bay & Waterfront District Artwork
Rod Tasaka – Marina District Artwork
Chris Fraser – Historic Downtown District Artwork
Artwork complete April 29th, 2022
RFP process for Signage Manufacturing company executed March 1st to April 21st, 2022
Innovative Signage awarded the manufacturing contract
Draft signage design concepts completed March 18th, 2022
Prince Rupert City Council Presentation on Signage Project March 28th, 2022 delivered by Tourism Prince Rupert Executive Director Ceilidh Marlow
Public comment period March 25th to April 18th: Designs posted on visitprincerupert.com for community review & feedback
RFP process for local contractor to install signage executed June 29th to July 18th, 2022
Broadwater Industries awarded the installation contract
Designs finalized and approved August 5th, 2022
Signage sent to production August 10th, 2022
The new signage is currently being manufactured and will be delivered for installation late mid-November. Residents can expect to see the welcome and downtown wayfinding signage installed by the end of the year.
Tourism Prince Rupert would like to thank our partners at the Province of BC, the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure, the Prince Rupert Port Authority, the Prince Rupert Community Arts Council, and the City of Prince Rupert for their support of this project. We would also like to thank all of the incredible local artists who contributed their work to this project, as well as the Ts’msyen Sm’algyax Language Authority for working so closely with us to include Sm’algyax Language on all signage.