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, a superb Prince George Folkfest in July, 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.
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Here you'll find the amenities of a larger city along with instant access to picturesque wilderness and outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing, golf and camping.
Variety is the spice of life in this city. Take in any number of theatre or musical performances, attend a local festival, learn about the city's history or visit its heritage sites, or take in any number of local attractions.
Top shopping malls in Prince George, Canada
Pine Centre Mall - Pine Centre is northern BC's one of the most popular shopping destinations!
Spruceland Shopping Centre - Situated in Prince George, BC. Has shops and services serving a diversity of needs.
Dollar Giant - They work hard to create an environment where shopping is fun.
College Heights Plaza - A one-stop community centre for everything.
Parkwood Place - One of the best-maintained malls in Prince George.
Sunglass Hut - Best place to find latest trends and exclusive styles of high quality fashion.
Top Attractions in Prince George (YXS), Canada
Mr. PG: A large statue of man with tree stumps for legs and arms, around 10 meters high, has to be seen to be believed.
University of Northern British Columbia Grounds: Located high above town, the view from the campus is spectacular. There are lots of hiking trails and mountain bike paths in Forests for the World behind the campus.
"The PC" Northern Pride Centre Society - located in the NUSC Building of UNBC. This is the only Pride centre located in Prince George.
Fort George Park: Located just outside of downtown, Fort George is a pleasant river side park with a large playground.
Connaught Hill - A small hill in the middle of town, take the short drive to the top to see a spectacular view of town, as well as enjoy the gardens and shaded areas on the summit.
Prince George Courthouse: This impressive, new building features a prominent dome roof.
Nechako River Cutbanks: These large banks of sand along the Nechako River are a striking view.
Forests for the World: Located on Cranbook Hill, is a short drive from the downtown core, with hiking, Shane lake, a picnic area, and a lookout point. A good place to see wildlife without going too far.
Specialty Avenue: In recent years, 4th Avenue has been emerging as a revitalized downtown area.
Railway & Forestry Museum: is located east of downtown, on the other side of the railway yards along River Road. The museum features lots of old railway equipment, including a number of coaches in the process of being restored.
Huble Homestead - This historic site located 40km north of Prince George, just off Highway 97 consists of the house of trader Al Huble who arrived in 1904.
Two Rivers Art Gallery: This large, public art gallery is located right downtown in an impressive, purpose-built building. The gallery features art by artists from all over British Columbia.
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