North America

Prince George, British Columbia

Canoeing at Crooked River Provincial Park | Photo credit: Tourism BC/JF Bergeron

You are invited to see for yourself now.

Prince George can bring out the explorer in you. If you are looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure, read on. …

Prince George, known as British Columbia’s northern capital, is a popular gateway city to the Northern BC region, and an excellent starting point for exploring further north. Prince George offers the unique opportunity to enjoy the amenities of a city, while finding a variety of wilderness opportunities just minutes away. The city is a community that is known for opening its doors and showing visitors the beauty and magic of the north. As the official host City for the 2015 Canada Winter Games, the city is elated to not only be welcoming the nation to Prince George and the region in 2015, but to have the opportunity to promote and showcase the city and region during this prestigious event.

But you are invited to see for yourself now …

Northern BC’s vast wilderness comprises more than half the province – approximately 500,000 kilometres square, which is larger than California or Japan, and twice the size of the United Kingdom.

So when you decide to satisfy the adventurer in you, just follow the legendary Yellowhead Highway. It is filled with jagged mountain peaks, roaring rivers, serene lakes, green valleys, rugged coastlines and ancient island archipelagos. And bring a good camera!

During the Spring and Summer seasons, you can, just to whet your appetite (for adventure), spend umpteen and lazy hours with fishing rod in hand, golf amongst spectacular scenery that serves as a backdrop while you attempt a hole-in-one, trail ride on horseback, try heart-stopping river rafting near the headwaters of the mighty Fraser River or rock climb to your heart’s content.

But it is during the Winter that you can discover BC’s northern winter and very white wonderland. How about dog sledding? Yes, you can. It’s nothing less than exhilarating … Skiing downhill or x country? Yes you can. Or would you prefer to snowmobile along forested trails? There are hundreds of miles of groomed trails and limitless backcountry sledding opportunities throughout the region. So, yes you can!

But a little bit about Prince George, just so you know … after all there is a history …

The origins of Prince George can be traced to the North West Company fur trading post of Fort George, which was established in 1807 by Simon Fraser and named in honour of King George III.

The post was centred in the centuries-old homeland of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, whose very name means “people of the confluence of the two rivers”.

Today, The City of Prince George is a vibrant, active and diverse community that provides a strong focal point and identity to the north, with a thriving economy that offers full opportunities for housing, employment, education, recreation and the cultural life of residents.

Variety is the “spice of life” in Prince George. Take in any number of theatre or musical performances, attend a local festival, learn about the city’s history or visit the numerous heritage sites and attractions.

And when entering the city, be sure to wave at “Mr PG”, a whimsical 8.2m tall statue who stands at the junction of Highways 97 and 16, proudly waving his flag.

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