Prince George BC

Prince George BC is located pretty much in the center of the province. It's a fairly large small city and is known as the Northern Capital of British Columbia. It is indeed the largest city north of Vancouver, and plays an important part in the culture as well as the economy of the entire province. The city is set at the confluence of two rivers—the Fraser and Nechako. Like every other area in Canada and the United States, it was originally the home of Native American peoples, in this case, the Lheidi T'enneh whose name means People at the Confluence. Visitors embark on Prince George travel to enjoy the attractions of the city and then to head out into the hinterland to participate in the great fishing and other outdoor adventures.

Attractions with the city of Prince George are numerous. Nonetheless, the downtown area closes up fairly early in the evening and it pays to take advantage of car rentals if you plan on exploring the city and the surrounding area on your own. While the local airport is nominally an international facility with border agents on staff, the number of foreign passengers that can be handled is quite small at only from 15 to 30 passengers at a time. During the winter, there are weekly flights to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. In addition to the flights into the airport, the city is located on two major highways running north to south and east to west.

During the summer, people from around the world come to visit. These visitors usually begin their Prince George travel in the city of Vancouver. If you are on longer vacations in British Columbia, you might catch your flights in Kamloops, Smithers, Kelowna, or Fort Nelson. The majority of the Prince George hotels are very affordable and usually used only for a few nights before or after heading out into the wilderness. Things to do in the city while you are here include visiting the Observatory for a peek at the stars in the crystal clear sky through one of Canada's largest telescopes or a visit to the wonderfully preserved Huble Homestead dating to the pioneer days of the early 1900s.

If you want to really get out and experience the wilderness, you will find many camping areas in the nearby parks and around the lakes. These areas have many of the same attractions that Prince George BC offers. First and foremost is incredible freshwater fishing both in the rivers and lakes in the area, which offer up abundant brook and rainbow trout. The Nechako River sees a plentiful supply of the most iconic sporting fish of the Northwest—salmon.

Prince George travel can be a strenuous hiking excursion or a leisurely ramble through British Columbia's history on trails the pioneers trod or up to mountain vistas and the tops of sparkling waterfalls. This area that provides such great summer outdoor activities is also a perfect place for cross country skiing in the winter. During the warmer weather, you can enjoy slightly more genteel exercise on one of the region's several golf courses.

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