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Prince George has a big city feel while nestled in the woody Canadian terrain. Expedia.ca offers a selection of 14 hotels in Prince George, British Columbia.
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Air-bound travellers can find cheap flights to Prince George through Expedia.ca, landing at the Prince George Airport (YXS). The airport is located only a few minutes from downtown and offers shuttle services and the Greyhound bus line to get from the terminal to your hotel. The airport is close enough to the hub of town that a taxi isn’t too expensive an option either. For those driving into the city, Prince George sits on the crossroads of Highway 16 and 97. The highways pass by several green forests and the expansive Fraser river along the way.
Boats, dogs, and wheels are all options for getting around Prince George. If you’re staying in the city area, the Prince George bus system operates about 15 different routes and runs every half an hour. There are two taxi companies in Prince George, Emerald Taxi and Prince George Taxi, you’d prefer to taxi around the city. You may choose to rent a car in Prince George to travel around town at your own pace. If you’re heading out to the outdoors, dog sleds are a fun way to explore Prince Geroge during winter. Mountain bikes and hiking shoes are the popular options during the warmer months.
Things To Do
The first thing you have to see in Prince George is Mr. PG, the town mascot. Mr. PG is a 10m tall statue of a man, with tree stumps for legs, arms, and torso. This friendly giant is much loved in this outdoors community.
Prince George hotels are definitely cozy, but once you’re ready to head out into the wild, venture to the forests. If you loved hunting for buried treasure when you were a kid, you’ll love geocaching. Geocaching is real-life treasure hunting of items left behind by fellow geocachers. Use your GPS to the follow the coordinates set by those who left the “treasure” waiting for you. This is an up-and-coming activity in the Prince George area and is sure to entertain you.
If you’re looking for something even more adventurous, try some caving (also called spelunking) in the mountain caves of Prince George. Fang Cave and Tooth Cave are among the favorites. After a day of caving, you’ll more than look forward to a hot shower when you return to your Prince George hotel.
Of course, there’s always the option of some simple hiking, camping, fishing, golfing, and mountain biking, if you prefer standard warm weather fare. Just don’t miss out on the cross-country skiing and snowboarding on the nearby Rocky Mountains once winter comes to town.
Prince George had a fuzzy start. The town began as fur trading post with the North West Company in 1807 honouring incumbent King George III.
The area was mostly unchanged throughout the 19th century until around 1903, when it was announced that the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway was to pass near the post. The railroad ended up miles away from the area.
Years later, a station was built in Prince George, and the surrounding areas of Fort George were incorporated into one. The city was named after Prince George, the then forth son of King George V.
New life began to trickle into Prince George during WWII when 6,000 army soldiers were camped near town. The destruction of European infrastructure during the war brought in a big demand for lumber, helping Prince George prosper. The city began growing and by 1975 Prince George was the second largest city in British Columbia.
Vacationers started travelling to town for nature retreats, filling up Prince hotels. The town has since added more stores and hotels in Prince George to accommodate this new flow of travellers.
Arts and Entertainment
Despite the emphasis on outdoors activities, Prince George does offer a few classic and sophisticated experiences for eager travellers. The Prince George Symphony Orchestra (PGSO) is quite active in the community. The PGSO performs with local theatre groups during the year, and on its own each fall during Pops in the Park, a free concert held in the Fort George Park. Needless to say, a Prince George hotel near the park is great option during the colorful changing of the seasons.
Music plays a large role in Prince George. The Prince George and District Music Festival takes place in spring and features a myriad of local performers. Summer brings the BC Rivers Day Music Festival, with live music and interactive entrainment. The largest annual festival, Coldsnap, features the top folk acts in Canada and the international stage. The week of Coldsnap is a good time to book one of the hotels in Prince George, since both winter sports and winter music will be in full swing.
For a little more a cultural adventure, the Railway and Foresty Museum is a popular tourist destination. The museum is sure to entertain the kids, as it goes through the history of the Prince George Railway and Forestry system and its impact on the town.
Prince George vacations are built for the outdoor enthusiast. Ice hockey reigns king when it comes to team sports. Root for the Prince George Cougars ice hockey team when you’re in town.
There are plenty of other sports the residents and visitors enjoy each season. The winter months are primetime for skiing and snowboarding, while the warmer months bring plenty of options to participate. For instance, if you’re a golfer, putt a few holes at the Aberdeen Glen Golf Course. The course has been nominated twice as the British Columbia Professional Golf Association’s top facility of the year. It’s easy to find some cheap Prince George hotel deals near the course, as long as you book early.
The Aquatic Centre is also a fun place to hang out in the summer. The centre includes eight lanes, and a wave pool with overhead sprays, bubbles, and waves. Hiking around town with your friends or pets is also a fun leisure sport. Browse Expedia.ca to find some affordable pet-friendly hotels in Prince George. And not to worry, if you’re leaving Fido at home, Expedia.ca can still help you find an affordable Prince George hotel.
Now, Prince George’s expansive wildlife is well-know, but did you know that Prince George has a thriving and wild nightlife as well? It turns out the “Gateway to the North” is also a gateway to a fun night after hitting the slopes and lakes during the day.
There are several thumping nightclubs around town, with DJs spinning the hottest music to packed dance floors. Doors don’t usually close to around 3am, so prepare for a long night of dancing, jumping, and singing with the locals. Book your Prince George hotel close to 3rd or 5th Street so you can either hail a cab or even walk to your hotel once the night is over.
If you’d rather spin roulette instead of a dance partner, head on over to Treasure Cover Casino and Hotel, the biggest casino north of mainland Canada. It is home to over 500 slot machines, 400 seats for bingo, and dozens of popular card games. The casino also has a special show lounge for comedy routines, and live bands. Use Expedia.ca to find cheap Prince George hotel deals close to the casino where you may play responsibly.
Restaurants and Food
Prince George is a fusion kind of town, with Japanese, Italian, and French flavors ready to tickle your palate and please the most discerning gourmets. You’ll find mixed appetizers and dishes like scallops with miso glaze, escargot stuffed mushrooms, and seafood tagliolini.
White tablecloth dining is available close to Brunswich Street in downtown. These finer restaurants often offer a variety of sushi, lobster, and prawns. You’ll notice the West Coast sense of freshness immediately, as most dinners options involve seafood, with the likes of freshly caught mussels, shrimp, and tuna. However, don’t disregard a nice cut of steak and potatoes. Plenty of small town pubs located close to and inside many Prince George hotels offer thick steaks and other pub favourites like wings and burgers.
There is also a growing Indian food scene, with favourite dishes like masala and pakoras available. Some of these Indian and Middle Eastern eateries offer delivery, if you prefer to have dinner delivered to your Prince George hotel. For those pickier eaters and those with kids looking for something quick and familiar, there are also plenty of fast foods chains located in and around Prince George.
From small local businesses to bigger chains, Prince George has excellent shopping options. Book your hotel in Prince George along 3rd and 4th Avenue to be within walking distance of art stores, consignment shops, and clothing boutiques.
If you can’t find what you need, head over to 15th Avenue to Prince George’s largest shopping centre. No matter what you forgot to bring with you, you’ll find it there. Whether it is clothes or gear, you’ll head back to your Prince George hotel with bags in tow. Many of the hotels near YXS airport in Prince George also offer souvenirs, if you prefer to shop last minute before heading home.