Prince George

For other places with the same name, see Prince George (disambiguation).

Prince George is a major service centre in Northern British Columbia, Canada. It is the largest city north of Kamloops in BC, and known as BC's Northern Capital. Prince George is located at the crossroads of highway 16 (East-West) and highway 97 (north-south). It is situated in a large valley at the confluence of the Fraser river and the Nechako river, both significant, high flow rivers.

From the very beginning, Prince George was built around the forest industry. Today, the forest industry is still the largest employer in town. Prince George has a significant industrial areas North and South of town, along the Fraser River. This includes 3 pulp & paper mills, several chemical factories, several saw mills and an oil refinery. Since its beginnings, Prince George has diversified significantly. Today, Prince George has a large government presence, an important court house, a large provincial jail and the University of Northern British Columbia, one of five British Columbia universities.

In spite of several interesting and exciting natural features, and a few notable museums, the superb Coldsnap music and entertainment festival in January, a fabulous art gallery, a fantastic seasonal farmer's market, and many other attempts by the city to make Prince George an interesting tourist destination, Prince George remains a stop; a service center for transiting tourists, and not a destination on most travelers' itineraries.

Get in

By air

  Prince George Airport is located fifteen minutes from the city centre. Air Canada and Westjet have regular, direct service from Vancouver, BC as well as connecting service to the rest of Canada. There is Taxi service available, as well the PG Airporter.

By car

Prince George is located at the intersection of the Yellowhead Highway (TransCanada 16) and BC Highway 97. It's an 8-10 hour drive north from Vancouver, and an 8 hour drive west from Edmonton. Prince George has all services in town, including dealerships for most major car manufacturers. Prince George is a frequent stop for people en route to travel the Alaska Highway.

By bus

Greyhound Canada has frequent service north to Dawson Creek, Fort St John and Whitehorse; south to Vancouver, Kamloops and Kelowna; east to Jasper, and Edmonton, and west to Terrace and Prince Rupert. The bus terminal located at 1198 Victoria Street.

By train

VIA Rail offers service west to Prince Rupert and east to Jasper (the route is sometimes referred to by its old name, The Skeena). The train runs once a day, east and west, three times a week (Mon, Thur, Sat). The   Prince George train station is located at 1300 1st Ave. It is open only for a 3-4 hours during arrivals and departures of the train in the early morning and late evening.

Get around

By bus

BC Transit operates Prince George's public transit system, which features 14 bus lines. The service is fairly reliable, with most buses running once every half hour. Fare options include single rides ($2.25/adult, $1.75/student or senior) day passes ($4.50/adult, $4.00/child).

By taxi

Prince George has two taxi companies, they are:

Cab rates in Prince George are comparable to rates in other medium sized cities in North America.

By car

Personal car is the easiest way to get around P.G. Most major rental outlets in North America have offices in town, as well as at the airport.





The major shopping areas are: Pine Centre Mall, Parkwood Mall, and the Westgate Plaza. There are also several 'big box' style retailers, including a Walmart, Costco and Superstore which are on the west side of town along highway 16.

Prince George also has a small downtown area, which has several local stores. Some of the downtown stores include: Books & Company, located on the edge of downtown, a very nice local book shop that features books by local authors. Meow Records is another interesting local shop located on Brunswick Avenue, offering used and new records and CDs. It is also a great way to get connected with the local music scene. Kumbayaz, a First Nations gift shop features many local made products.



Prince George has many fine pubs and bars around town, some favourites include:


There are numerous hotels & motels in Prince George, along Highway 97/Central, along Highway 16 West, and downtown. For those seeking hostel level accommodations Prince George is not particularly well equipped to suit that style of travel. The CNC dorms (listed below) are one option available during summer, and camping is available in the outskirts of the city.

Go next

Routes through Prince George

Prince Rupert Vanderhoof  W  E  McBride Jasper
Prince Rupert Vanderhoof  W  E  McBride Jasper
Dawson Creek Chetwynd  N  S  Quesnel Kamloops

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