The City of Prince George sits on the traditional lands of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, whose name comes from the translation of the word Lheidli means “where the two rivers flow together” and T’enneh means “the People”. The City’s logo reflects this “coming together” in the way it depicts the confluence of railways, highways, and rivers that give rise of PG’s reputation as Northern BC’s service hub.
There is plenty of variety for all types of travellers, from foodies, culture buffs, or outdoor enthusiast, Prince George is a hub for all sorts of activities. Visit one of many fine dining restaurants, art galleries and museums or take peek in the many charming boutiques throughout downtown. You’ll feel right at home if you are a sports fan with BCHL and WHL hockey, drag racing, senior baseball and lacrosse, varsity basketball and soccer and much more to watch.
Prince George offers unparalleled access to outdoor recreation, you will find everything there is to desire in the northern wilderness. The Fraser and Nechako rivers are focal points of an extensive park and trail system; forests and waterfalls line the highways, greenery-rich parks can be found within city limits, and countless lakes and rivers exist within a short drive. In the winter season, the selection is just as diverse: world class Nordic, downhill and heli skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling are a few of the many pastimes visitors and locals are able to enjoy.
Places to Visit:
Within City Limits
- TravelNurse HQ! Talk to your recruiter about stopping by for a visit!
- Forest for the World – Forests for the World is a 106-hectare demonstration forest with 15 kms of hiking trails, the parks encourage adventurers to learn about various forest eco systems and flora and fauna that flourishes in the Fraser-Nechako Plateau region.
- Moore’s Meadow – This park provides many recreational opportunities, with a network of trail spanning over 5kms this is a fun and quick activity for your afternoons
- Cut Banks – The iconic Prince George Cutbanks are a great cardio blast if you are looking for an outdoor workout.
- LC Gunn Park – The hiking and biking trail follow through a thinly space forest that meanders to various viewpoints overlooking the city and Fraser River, you can even spot our office from up there!
This is just the tip of the iceberg as there are countless other trails throughout the city!
North of the City ~ within an hour
- Salmon Valley – Salmon Valley Campground, located along the stunning Salmon River and surrounded by old growth trees, is a beautiful camping destination to relax and enjoy your days off!
- Summit Lake and Rock Quarry – Visit this beautiful spring fed late just a half hour drive from Prince George where you can swim, boat, picnic and fish. Be sure to check out the Giscome Portage Trail and Teapot Mountain for amazing hiking trails as well!
- Bear Lake – This popular park located just North of Prince George features sandy beaches and amazing swimming spots, a great natural feature is Livingstone Springs, which can be a great hike for a bit more adventure.
West of the City ~ within an hour
- West Lake – This lake is great to visit all year round, whether you are here for the summer enjoying the fishing, swimming and hiking or in the winter for cross-country skiing and tobogganing.
- Berman Lake – This lake features many picnic spots for a day trip and great swimming spots, bring your canoe and so some exploring around the lake!
- Bednesti Lake – The community here offers a beautiful and scenic waterfront campground and a relaxing retreat second to none. From fantastic fishing to our spacious sand beach, water sports enthusiasts and sun seekers alike will find everything to their utmost satisfaction.
South of the City ~ within an hour
- Hixon Creek & Falls – The 100-foot Hixon Falls cascades into a deep pool, and then flows down into two more deep pools, which are great swimming holes! Hixon Creek is named after a 19th century prospector (Joseph Foster Hixon) who found gold on the banks of the creek!
- Barkerville – Travel about another hour and you can visit Barkerville, with a unique streetscape of 125+ heritage buildings, authentic displays, satellite museums, restaurants, shops and accommodations there is still so much to explore. Declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 1924 and a Provincial Heritage Property in 1958, Barkerville is now the largest living-history museum in western North America, where exciting seasonal events and fun-filled daily activities await.
East of the City ~ within an hour
- Purden Lake – Nestled in the rolling mountains east of Prince George, Purden Lake Provincial Park, on the north shore of Purden Lake, is dominated by the Cariboo Mountains to the south and the McGregor range of the Rockies to the north.
- Ancient Forest – Nestled in the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, the park protects a portion of the only inland temperate rainforest in the world. Hiking the Ancient Forest trail will bring you past thousand-year-old western redcedars and a rich biodiversity of plants, mosses, lichens and fungi.
- Fang Mountain – Rugged and beautiful, Fang Mountain is one of the region’s most scenic day hikes and makes for an excellent backcountry camping trip. The views and natural features are breathtaking, but hikers pay an admission price in steep ascents, challenging terrain, and changing weather conditions. This hike is rich in sublime landscape, but hikers must be prepared for a long day (or days) in the wilderness to cover all that Fang Mountain has to offer.
In 1960, the City of Prince George built a parade float which featured a large, moveable figure shaped and coloured to represent log construction. The float was entered in the 1963 Grey Cup Parade in Vancouver and was sent to many parades in British Columbia. As a result, the float became known as a symbol of Prince George and was named Mr. PG. He can be found at the junction of Highways 97 and 16 next to the Prince George Playhouse.
Oh, and did we mention that TravelNurse HQ is located here!