Prince George


Prince George located at the crossroads of Highway 16 and 97 and at the confluence of the Fraser River and the Nechako River is the biggest city in the northern British Columbia Province in Canada and is actually its Northern Capital. It has a population of 71,973 and plays an important role in the culture and economy of the province. As a service hub and a supply source for one of Canada’s fastest growing regions, it has come a long way from the fur trading post that it started out as. It has a rich history and holds a number of attractions for tourists with a comprehensive transport system and adequate sewer and water facilities to ensure that both the throngs of tourists as well as the residents are sufficiently supplied.

Major Attractions

Bakerville 

Travelling to Prince George is a journey to culture and a thriving history which is what this gold rush town offers. Tourists are able to explore the town under the guidance of a character from Bakerville’s rich and colorful past and see the notoriously infamous Judge Begbie in action.

Exploration Place

The science and history museum allows curious children and adults who have a hankering for the sciences and history to have wonderful hands-on experience learning about a wide range of subjects. The learning experience is made even better as visitors are allowed to touch, feel and immerse themselves in the subjects.

Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum

Tourists can go enjoy one of the largest collections of vintage rail items that include rail cars, locomotives, artifacts from the diesel and steam railway eras and numerous buildings. The varied collection boasted by the museum dates back from 1899 all the way to the 1960s.

Farmer’s Market 

Direct produce, artisan crafts and home made goodies are all things to expect as part of travelling to Prince George with vendors open all year round. In the summer they are located near the Courthouse and in the winter they move indoors.

Groop Gallery

This is a new commercial art gallery that specializes in contemporary and modern original art pieces by both local and regional talented artists.

Vanderhoof Museum

This showcases a historic village site from the 1920s with buildings from the original settlement and the outlying district. There are plenty of artifacts, photos and exhibits to enjoy.

Where to Eat

Barbeque Nation

This is the best place for an Indo-Canadian meal with extras for the enjoyment of everyone.

China Sail

This place specializes in both Canadian and Chinese cuisine offering large portions, friendly service ad above all good food.

Achillion Greek Service

For outstanding Greek cuisine, generous portions of servings and great service, nothing beats the Achillion.

Aberdeen Glen Eagles Nest Restaurant

This restaurant offers one of the best patios and a scenic view with it thanks to its location at the Aberdeen Glen Golf Course.

Boston Pizza

Located on Central Street and Vance Road, it has more than 100 menu items for the perfect casual dining experience. North 54

This offers one of the best fine dining experiences with each dish prepared a lot of care and flair. You can have a three, four, or even five and six course meal on request.

Shopping

Pine Centre Mall 

This is a one-stop shop located at the intersection of Highway 16 and 97.

Maridadi Arts and Crafts

This is a home-based business that sells Kenyan soapstone carvings, 100% cotton dresses and wooden carvings but appointments must be made in advance. You can actually order for custom pieces if you have something special in mind.

Leather by Shannon

This offers fine leather apparel, alterations, motorcycle gear, in-house leather design and repairs.

Homework

This is the place for quirky gifts and presents, stylish home décor and unique fashion located on 1299 3rd Avenue.

Dandy Lines

This is a specialty store that offers décor, apparel and unique and elegant dinnerware that you will be hard pressed to find elsewhere.

Books & Company

This is a bookstore with a difference with a comfortable and intimate setting that allows you to relax and enjoy some good coffee with a baked snack or enjoy the local entertainment.

Where to Have Fun

Famous Players 6 Cinemas

This is a 6 screen cinema with a wide selection of movies which is also equipped with a gaming and concession area for the perfect family outing.

Aquatic Centre

This is heaven for the water lovers with a competition pool consisting of 8 lanes 50 meters long and a leisure wave pool with bubbles, overhead sprays, 3 feet high waves and a lazy river channel.

Predator Paintball 

This outdoor paintball park allows you to have a thrilling afternoon with friends or even as the venue for your party.

Black Diamond Lanes 

You can enjoy a night out with friends at this five-pin bowling alley and let out your competitive streak.

Generator Cabaret 

Travelling to Prince George would not be complete without visiting the biggest nightclub in the area. It has multiple bars, regular live music and a large dance floor for a lively night.

Lambda Cabaret 

This is the hottest gay-friendly club in Prince George with great music and lots of fun.

How to Get Around

Prince George is easily accessible by commercial bus, air and rail. It is located at the intersection of the Yellowhead which refers to Highway 16 and Highway 97. There is considerable truck traffic as the city has extensive facilities in place for the repair and maintenance of heavy equipment and trucks. The local public transportation comprises of the bus service provided by PG Transit. Greyhound Bus lines also provide bus services on a daily basis to the following places:

Alberta and Edmonton to the east, Fort St. John to the north, Prince Rupert to the west and Vancouver to the south. CN Rail serves the inland Port that goes to Prince Rupert and the Prince George train station located at 1300 – 1st Avenue also offers rail services with the Jasper – Prince Rupert train spending overnights at the rail station. The CNR freight lines along with the Via Rail Passenger service also operates out of the city making travelling to Prince George as well as around the city pretty hassle-free. Westjet and Air Canada provide the main air connection from Prince George to the outside world.

Jason Peterson

My name is Jason Peterson and I caught the travel bug during my time traveling the world in the Navy. I am super fortunate that my wife and I can now travel together and share our knowledge, hacks and tips with our friends and readers. Never hesitate to reach out with suggestions or questions. jason@howtotravel.info

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