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Prince George, British Columbia

Prince George is a thriving city of 74,000 people on the Fraser and Nechako rivers, and lies on the Yellowhead Route #16 of the TransCanada Highway, and on the main Canadian National Railways line to the Pacifici Ocean. The community, which is a major market centre for the region’s 340,000 residents has a diverse economy, including forestry, mining, healthcare, education, and tourism, as well as home to the University of Northern British Columbia. There are many outdoor recreational opportunities close-by, including skiing, hiking, and fishing.

 

Prince George History

The Prince George area has a long history of human habitation by the Carrier and Lheidli T’enneh, here for thousands of years,

The first European fur traders arrived in the late 1700s. And the Hudson’s Bay Company established a trading post at Fort George (named after King George III ) in 1807. The fort was the main trading post in the region for many years.

In the 1860s, the discovery of gold in the nearby Cariboo region led to increased activity in the area (with many prospectors travelling through by land from Edmonton. Prince George grew rapidly as a result.

The arrival of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in 1914 made the community a major transportation hub for the region’s agriculture, forestry, and mining. The railway made this town a divisional point (where staff rested and where trains resupplied with fuel and water.  During World War II, Prince George was home to a major military base.

After the war, the city continued to grow and it doubled in population over the 1960s and 1970s. Prince George has 3 pulp & paper mills, several chemical factories, several saw mills and an oil refinery.

Prince George-northern lights by bridge-Northern BC Tourism-Kristopher Foot
Prince George-northern lights by bridge-Northern BC Tourism-Kristopher Foot

Prince George Attractions

The Exploration Place Museum & Science Centre

333 Becott Place, Prince George, BC V2L 4V7

(250) 562-1612

Website 

This museum offers a glimpse into the history and culture of Prince George and the surrounding region, as well as interactive exhibits on science and technology

Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park

17th Avenue and Queensway Street, Prince George, BC V2L 5N1

(250) 561-7600

Website www.princegeorge.ca/parks

This park is located in the heart of Prince George and features a large playground, picnic areas, and a water park. It also hosts several events throughout the year

Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park

This unique park features an old-growth forest with towering cedar and hemlock trees, as well as a boardwalk trail that allows visitors to explore the forest without damaging the delicate ecosystem

Near McBride, BC (approximately 1.5 hours east of Prince George).

(250) 565-6136

Website www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/ancient_forest/

The Two Rivers Gallery

725 Canada Games Way, Prince George, BC V2L 5T1

(250) 614-7800

Website 

This public art gallery showcases contemporary art and features exhibitions by local and regional artists, as well as workshops and educational programs

Fort George Park

1100 Patricia Boulevard, Prince George, BC V2L 3V9

(250) 561-7600

Website 

This park is located on the site of the original Fort George, and features a replica of the original fort, as well as a playground, picnic areas, and a miniature railway

The Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum

850 River Road, Prince George, BC V2L 5S8

(250) 563-7351

Website 

This museum showcases the history of the region’s railway and forestry industries, with exhibits on logging, sawmilling, and rail transportation

Cottonwood Island Nature Park

River Road and Highway 16, Prince George, BC V2L 5S8

(250) 561-7600

Website 

This park features a network of trails through a riparian forest and along the Fraser River, as well as picnic areas and an outdoor art gallery

The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre

333 Becott Place, Prince George

250-562-1612

Website 

This museum offers interactive exhibits on the history and culture of Prince George and the surrounding region, as well as science and technology exhibits.

Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park

17th Ave, Prince George, BC V2L 3X9

250-561-7600

Website 

This park is located on the banks of the Nechako River and features picnic areas, playgrounds, a spray park, walking trails, and a large amphitheater for outdoor events. It is also home to the Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum.

Two Rivers Gallery

725 Canada Games Way

250-614-7800

Website

This contemporary art gallery features works by local and regional artists, as well as national and international exhibitions.

The Prince George Farmers’ Market

1074 6th Ave, Prince George

website www.pgfarmersmarket.com

This outdoor market, held every Saturday from 8:30am to 2:00pm, offers fresh produce, baked goods, crafts, and more from local vendors.

Prince George Symphony Orchestra

website 

This community orchestra performs a range of classical and contemporary music throughout the year. Concerts are held at various venues throughout the city

Prince Geroge, BC Area Map