Prince George

Population: 71,363

Prince George is located at the junction of BC Highway 97 and Yellowhead Highway 16, approximately 550 miles from Vancouver and 245 miles southwest of Dawson Creek. 

Visitor Information: Tourism Prince George, 101 – 1300 First Ave., Prince George, BC V2L 2Y3; phone 250-562-3700, 800-668-7646.

In the early 1800s, Simon Fraser of the North West Trading Co. erected a post here named Fort George, in honour of the reigning English monarch. In the early 1900s, a land boom accompanied construction of the transcontinental Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (later Canadian National Railways). The city was incorporated in 1915 under the name Prince George. Today, forestry, oil, mining, agriculture and heavy construction are major area industries here.

Prince George is British Columbia’s 4th largest city and a hub for trade and travel routes in the region. Prince George is located at the junction of Yellowhead Highway 16—linking Prince Rupert on the west coast with the Interior of Canada—and Highway 97, which runs south to Vancouver and north to Dawson Creek.

Prince George has all visitor services including: Lodging at more than 20 hotels/motels including Canadas Best Value Inn; Dining at major-chain restaurants and fast-food outlets; gas stations and RV repair and service; shopping at “big box” stores. Camping south of city on Highway 97 at Southpark RV Park just outside town; Bee Lazee RV Park (10 miles) email, 1-866-963-7263; MamaYeh RV Park (11 miles); and Canyon Creek Campground & RV Park (36 miles, in Hixon). Camping north of city on Highway 97 at Hartway RV Park and Bed and Breakfast (8 miles), 1-866-962-8848; and Northland RV Park (11 miles). Camping west of city on Highway at Blue Cedars Campground (3.8 miles from Prince George) and West Lake Campground and RV Park (5.7 miles from Prince George).

Attractions:

  • The Exploration Place in Fort George Park is a good place to learn about the Northern Interior of British Columbia.
  • The Railway and Forestry Museum features a dozen original railway buildings, locomotives, and other items from past and present railway companies.
  • Fort George Park features paved walking trails along the Fraser and Nechako rivers; picnic facilities; a spray park; and rides on the Fort George Railway.
  • Two Rivers Gallery features exhibitions by local, regional and national artists and other Golden Raven attractions.
  • Golf at Aberdeen Glen Golf Club, Aspen Grove Golf and Prince George Golf & Country Club.
  • Tour local pulp and wood products plants.
  • Visit Huble Homestead, original and reconstructed buildings from 1912, located a half-hour’s drive north from the city.