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The traditional home of the Lheidli T'enneh and Carrier Sekani First Nations people, Prince George is widely known as the capital of northern British Columbia. Explore the Tourism PG website and discover all that we have to offer - whether you're a local, first time visitor, regular or just passing through!
The urban city or Prince George is a regional centre for shopping, the arts and sports. Visitors will find a variety of great restaurants from fast food to fine dining, and overnight guests can choose between charming B&Bs, rugged campgrounds and classy hotels. Shoppers can delight in the city's big box stores, shopping malls and unique downtown boutiques while culture buffs will take pleasure in the art galleries and museums. If you’re a sports fan, you’ll find yourself right at home in Prince George with BCHL and WHL hockey, drag racing, senior baseball and lacrosse, varsity basketball and soccer to watch.
Outdoor enthusiasts will find everything they desire in the northern wilderness, including world class fresh water fishing and hunting. 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. You can be sure that excitement is never far away, so bring your skis or camping gear to get the full nature experience that Prince George, BC 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 subsequently was sent to many parades in British Columbia. As a result, the float became known as a symbol of the City of Prince George and was named Mr. PG.
Mr. PG was originally built of wood, however, after a few years he began to decay. In the early 1980s, a new Mr. PG was constructed. The present Mr. PG is made out of steel and fibreglass for durability. He can be found at the junction of Highways 97 and 16 next to the Prince George Playhouse.
Mr. PG stands 8.13 meters (27 feet) high and symbolizes the importance of the forestry industry to our city. He is considered to be a timeless and important land mark to both locals and tourists.
The origins of the name "Prince George" can be traced to the North West Company's fur trading post of Fort George, founded by Simon Fraser in 1807. That post was named for King George III. When the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway required a name for its new townsite near Fort George, it wished to keep continuity with the fur post name but also to distinguish it from nearby rival townsites, South Fort George and Central Fort George. It decided upon Prince George to honour the Duke of Kent. The popularity of the name was confirmed by plebiscite during the first municipal elections in 1915.
Today Prince George is home to a multicultural mosaic that represents a broad mix of peoples from across the globe. Luckily, our local museums and historic sites allow you to get a firsthand glimpse into the lives of our ancestors. Visit The Exploration Place and dig through the archives, stop in at the Central BC Railway & Forestry Museum to learn about our industry ties, and drive out to Huble Homestead to learn what it was like to live without today's modern luxuries.
For thousands of years, First Nations have lived in the area around the meeting point of the Nechako River and BC's greatest river, the Fraser - a natural staging point for river trade and transportation by the Lheidli T'enneh people. Two miners from the Bahamas searching for gold were the first non-aboriginals in the area and were led through the Giscome Portage by their Lheidli T'enneh guide where they quickly recognized the the importance of the Giscome transportation corridor.