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Prince George - 'BC's Northern Capital'
Prince George, or PG for short, has a population of over 77,000 people and is often referred to as 'BC's Northern Capital.' Prince George sits on the generally flat Fraser Plateau and is located 118 km (73 miles) north of Quesnel on Hwy 97 and 376 km (234 miles) west of Jasper, Alberta, on Hwy 16.

Lheidli T'Enneh First Nations
Prince George sits at the confluence of two large rivers, the Nechako and Fraser. This large salmon spawning watershed system with an abundant supply of resources is the traditional home to the Lheidli T'Enneh First Nations.

Crossroads of Hwy 97 and Hwy 16
Prince George is your gateway into northern British Columbia. Located at the crossroads of two major highways, Hwy 97 travelling north-south and Hwy 16, "The Yellowhead" goes in an east-west direction.

Circle Routes
By going to Prince George you can have a choice of travelling in all four directions throughout BC. Then, if you combine other highway systems with various circle routes, this plan can allow you to see most of British Columbia's north without retracing your route.

Transportation hub of the north
Prince George is home to a large modern airport, providing flights to Vancouver, Northern BC and Alberta. CN Railway also operates a large switchyard delivering coal and grain cars to the port of Prince Rupert plus service lumber to Vancouver's port facilities. The trucking industry also uses Prince George as a main terminus to deliver goods in all directions across British Columbia and Alberta.

Great Destination Point
PG makes a great destination point when travelling to northern BC. You can expect to travel for around 8½ hours by car from either Vancouver or Edmonton. If you're staying the night, there are various places ranging from small lakes on the outskirts featuring RV resorts to excellent hotels and motels downtown.

Things for you to do
There are lots for you to do when visiting Prince George. The choice is quite varied ranging from various summer and winter recreation activities, to a good variety of shopping and experiencing good restaurants and pubs, to the new Treasure Cove Casino and Hotel located by the Mr. PG where Hwy 16 crosses Hwy 97.

Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum
If you have time, take a must-see look at the Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum. Displayed here is a great display of old machinery and items from the Grand Trunk Pacific and Canadian National Railway dating back from 1899 to the 1960s. There is also an excellent collection of vintage forestry equipment from BC's proud past.

Other Attractions
Prince George has a long list of other attractions for you to visit. Included is The Exploration Place, The Fraser-Fort George Regional Museum, UNBC, Prince George Astronomical Observatory, Two Rivers Gallery, the Huble Homestead located on Mitchell Rd 40 km (25 miles) north of Prince George on Hwy 97 and the Prince George Farmers Market.

Purden Lake Provincial Park
If you like the campsites available in the Provincial Parks system make sure you try Purden Lake. Only located 64 km (40 miles) east of Prince George on Yellowhead Hwy 16, Purden makes a great destination when travelling to Prince George especially if you like canoeing and swimming.

Prince George Information and Links
Includes; Travel, Recreation, Accommodation, Places to Eat, Pubs and First Nations
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Map of Prince George, BC, Canada
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Welcome to Prince George
Welcome to Prince George

 

Photo of Mr. PG
Mr. PG

 

Fraser River
Fraser River

 

Photo of the Prince George Casino
Treasure Cove Casino & Hotel

 
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