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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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