Prince George

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

Prince George, locally known as PG, is a city in the North Coast-Nechako region and 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 at the crossroads of Highway 16 (East-West) and Highway 97 (North-South), 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.

Prince George is commonly divided into three regions: the Bowl, the center of town west of the Fraser River; the Hart Highlands, the community around Highway 97 north of the Nechako River; and College Heights, the area south of the Bowl.

Prince George has 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 much more; however, for many, Prince George remains a service center for transiting tourists, and not a destination on most travelers' itineraries.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]


  • 1 Prince George Airport (YXS  IATA), 4141 Airport Road, +1 250-963-2400. 4:30AM-12:30AM. 15 minutes from the city centre. There is taxi service available, and the PG Airporter shuttle. Say hello to the airport's mascot, Amelia Bearhart, if she's wandering around the airport. Prince George Airport (Q779571) on Wikidata Prince George Airport on Wikipedia



Canadian airlines operating to Prince George:

By car[edit]

Prince George has two highways servicing the city, which intersect in the middle of the city. Those highways are:

  • Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway). Prince George can be reached traveling east from Prince Rupert or traveling west from Edmonton (about 8 hours)
  • Highway 97. Prince George can be reached by traveling south from Dawson Creek or by traveling north from Kamloops. It's an 8-10 hour drive north from Vancouver, involving traveling on Highway 1 and then transferring to Highway 97 at Cache Creek. Prince George is a frequent stop for people en route to travel the Alaska Highway, which starts in Dawson Creek.

By bus[edit]

  • Ebus, toll-free: +1-877-769-3287. Operates bus service three days per week per direction between Kamloops and Prince George with stops in Savona, Cache Creek, Clinton, 70 Mile House, 100 Mile House, Lac La Hache, Williams Lake, Quesnel, and Hixon. Travel time to Prince George from Kamloops is 6.5 hours, from Cache Creek is 5.75 hours, from 100 Mile House is 4.25 hours, from Williams Lake is 2.75 hours, and from Quesnel is 1.5 hours. Same day transfers at Kamloops to and from Vancouver are available.
  • BC Bus North, +1-844-564-7494. Provides twice per week bus service on the following routes:. BC Bus North (Q85744570) on Wikidata BC Bus North on Wikipedia
    • Between Prince George and Fort St. John with stops in Mackenzie, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, and Taylor. Travel time to Prince George from Dawson Creek is 6.75 hours and from Fort St. John is 8 hours. Fare is $48. There is also a weekly trip between Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson, allowing passengers to travel between Prince George and Fort Nelson over two consecutive days.
    • Between Prince George and Prince Rupert with stops in Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake, Burns Lake, Houston, Smithers, New Hazelton, Kitwanga, and Terrace, and Port Edward. Travel time to Prince George from Prince Rupert is 11.5 hours, from Terrace is 9.25 hours, from Smithers is 6 hours, from Burns Lake is 3.5 hours, and from Vanderhoof is 1.5 hours. Fare is $40 to $65, depending on distance.
    • Between Prince George and Valemount with a stops in McBride and Tete Jaune Cache. Travel time to Prince George from Valemount is 3.5 hours. Fare is $35.
    • Note: You are required to book 24 hours in advance, though exceptions may be made (you can try just walking up). Payment by card only, on the bus. Don't expect the bus to closely follow the stop schedule online, or even to stop in the smaller towns if the driver isn't aware someone wants to get on or off there.

By train[edit]

See also: Rail travel in Canada

Get around[edit]

By public transit[edit]

  • BC Transit (Prince George Transit System), +1-250-563-0011. Operates over a dozen bus routes, most which operate multiple times daily. 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). BC Transit (Q4179186) on Wikidata BC Transit on Wikipedia
  • 3 BC Transit (Bulkley Nechako Regional Transit System), 7th Ave & Dominion St (approximate stop location), toll-free: +1-855-499-1119. Operates bus route 161 from Prince George via Vanderhoof to Burns Lake running Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and bus route 162 from Burns Lake to Smithers running Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays. Going between Prince George and Smithers requires an overnight stay at Burns Lake. BC Transit (Q4179186) on Wikidata BC Transit on Wikipedia

By taxi[edit]

Prince George has two taxi companies:

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

By ride hailing[edit]

  • Uber.
  • Uride.

By car[edit]

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


  • Mr. PG
    1 Mr. PG (Hwy 16 & Hwy 97). A large statue of man with tree stumps for legs and arms, around 10 metres high, has to be seen to be believed. Mr. PG stands near the tourist information centre at the intersection of Highway 16 and Highway 97. Mr. PG (Q96394187) on Wikidata Mr. PG on Wikipedia
  • 2 University of Northern British Columbia, 3333 University Way, +1 250-960-5555. 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. University of Northern British Columbia (Q1165458) on Wikidata University of Northern British Columbia on Wikipedia
  • 3 Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park (Fort George Park), 17th Avenue. Just outside of downtown, Fort George is a pleasant river side park with a large playground.
  • 4 Moore's Meadow Park, 4750 1st Ave. - a beautiful natural meadow surrounded by forest in a deep hidden valley right next to one of the town's suburban areas.
  • 5 Connaught Hill Park, 1112 Connaught Dr. 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.
  • 6 Prince George Courthouse, 250 George Street, +1 250-614-2700. This impressive building features a prominent dome roof.
  • 7 Nechako River Cutbanks. These large banks of sand along the Nechako river are a striking view. In mid-summer, the cutbanks formerly hosted the Prince George Sandblast, where competitors ski and snow (sand?) board down the sandy cutbanks to the city below, but the annual event has been cancelled as a result of injuries and accidents. This competition has been featured in several of Warren Miller's ski movies over the years.
  • 8 Central BC Railway & Forestry Museum, 850 River Rd, +1 250-563-7351. mid-May to Aug: daily 10AM-5PM; Sept to mid-May: Tu-Sa 11AM-4PM. 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. Some notable pieces of equipment include the Russel Wooden Snowplow, BC Rail Electric locomotives and the BC Government Coach "Endeavour". There is also a miniature railway that operates seasonally and offers rides around the museum grounds. $5/7/8 (child/youth or senior/adult).
  • 9 Huble Homestead, 15000 Mitchell Road, +1 250-564-7033. 10AM-5PM mid-May (Victoria Day weekend) to early Sept (Labour Day); may also open for special events around Halloween and Christmas. This historic site is 40 km north of Prince George, just off Highway 97. It consists of the house of trader Al Huble who arrived in 1904. There are various other buildings, including a blacksmith shop, general store, and trapper's cabin, some original and some reconstructed. The site is located at the south end of the historic Giscome Portage, once an important route between the Fraser and Peace River systems. During the tourist season, interpreters in period costume are on hand and a blacksmith is at work at the forge. It is also a nice site for a walk or picnic. Admission is by donation (recommended $5 for adults and $3 for children/seniors or $10 for a family).
  • 10 Two Rivers Art Gallery:, 725 Canada Games Way, +1 250 614-7800. M-W F Sa 10AM-5PM, Th 10AM-9PM, Su noon-5PM. This large, public art gallery is downtown in an impressive, purpose-built building. The gallery features art by artists from all over British Columbia. A highlight in Prince George, and well worth the admission price. $3/6/7.50 (child/youth or senior/adult).


  • 1 The Exploration Place, 333 Becott Pl, +1 250-562-1612. This small museum in Fort George Park offers local history, as well as a hands-on natural history and science exhibit for children. Hours vary from season to season and should be verified before visiting.
  • 2 Forests for the World, Kueng Rd. On Cranbook Hill, it's a short drive from the downtown core, with 15 kilometres of hiking trails, Shane Lake, a picnic area, and a lookout point. A good place to see wildlife without going too far. Forests for the World (Q5469280) on Wikidata Forests for the World on Wikipedia


  • Skiing and snowboarding: There are several ski areas around town. Hart Highlands is a small hill in town. Located half an hour west is Tabor ski area, another 1/2 hour west is 3 Purden ski area. These hills feature fairly long runs and interesting terrain.
  • Fishing: 4 Ferguson Lake is 15 km north of Prince George featuring a 50-ft dock, an old homestead site, canoe launch and interpretive trails. This is a great place to fish with the kids from the dock.



The major shopping areas are:

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. 4th Avenue has been emerging as a revitalized downtown area. There are several unique shops including:

  • 3 Books & Company, 1685 3rd Ave, +1 250-563-6637. Very nice local book shop that features books by local authors (a café/bookstore/concert venue).
  • 4 Dandy Lines, 1275 4th Ave, +1 250-563-3438. Goods for homes.
  • 5 Homework, 1245 3rd Ave. A clothing store.


  • 1 North 54, 1493 3rd Ave, +1 250-564-5400. Excellent, friendly service combines with a lovely decor to give an exquisite restaurant. Not a cheap restaurant, but the high quality steaks and pasta are well worth the price.
  • 2 Spicy Greens, 5087 Domano Blvd, +1 778-416-1616. Serves up home made Indian cuisine that will keep your taste buds popping. The food is very good and the prices very reasonable.
  • 3 Sushi97, 104-892 Central Street E, +1 250-612-0028. An awesome place to have sushi!
  • 4 Nancy O's, 1261 3rd Ave, +1 250-562-8066. Small 13-table restaurant with tons of character. Over 50 different beers available. Generous meal portions are created from raw ingredients. It can get very busy, especially when there is live music - so reservations are recommended.
  • 5 Madras Maple Cafe, 1535 Ogilvie St S, +1 236 423 2444. Excellent Tamil food.
  • 6 Sticky's Candy, 1600 15th Ave, Prince George, BC V2L 3X3, +12505969446. A locally owned candy store that also has ice cream, bubble tea, and other treats.


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

  • 1 BX Pub, 433 Carney St, +1 250-561-2900. A favourite among locals, has good food and cheap beer, located just west of downtown.
  • 2 Alpine Pub & Grill, 6145 Kelly Rd S. Neat pub up in Hart Highlands, north of town. Very good food and low prices. Out of the way, but a good place to check out after an evening of skiing.


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. Camping is available in the outskirts of the city.

Stay safe[edit]

From 2010 to 2012, Maclean's magazine listed Prince George as one of the most dangerous cities in Canada. Expect gang wars and drug abuse, even though this has been declined over the years; travel with caution. Violence is however largely restricted to the drug gangs. People not involved in the drug trade are at little risk.





Go next[edit]

Routes through Prince George
Prince RupertVanderhoof  W  E  McBrideJasper
Prince RupertVanderhoof  W  E  McBrideJasper
Dawson CreekChetwynd  N  S  QuesnelKamloops / Hope via

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