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Prince George: The Hub of Northern BC

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Prince George is considered the hub of Northern BC, yet if you look at the BC map, it’s not even half way up the province if you’re counting from the US border. This “northern capital” city, with a population of around 74,000, is not only the center for culture and shopping, but has a huge wilderness area right in its backyard, with endless opportunities for exploring and outdoor activities.

The Prince George Civic Centre

The name Prince George comes from the original Fort George trading post founded by Simon Fraser, whose name was later attached the the river that links Prince George to the rest of the province.  The city is home to a multicultural population, as well as the University of Northern British Columbia.  Museums such as The Exploration Place and the Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum allow you to delve into Prince George’s history.  Don’t miss Mr. PG, at the junction of Hwys. 97 and 16.  Now a fibreglass and steel figure, he was originally a wooden figure to celebrate Prince George’s forestry background as part of a float in the 1963 Grey Cup parade.

Use Prince George as your home base for day trips in the region.  North of the city you’ll find the Huble Homestead Historic Site at the Giscome Portage.  Closed after World War I, in 1983 plans and fundraising got underway to restore the former cabins and store, and it has become a very popular attraction.  Visit the Ancient Forest Recreation site, a unique inland wet temperate rainforest in the watershed of the upper Fraser River.  This easy-moderate hike includes a waterfall and a beautiful section of boardwalk.  A local hiking group called the Caledonia Ramblers has published a “Hiking North Central BC Guide” covering other favorite hikes in the region, including everything from moderate to more challenging hikes such as Fang Mountain, and also organizes weekly hikes, and snowshoeing trips in the winter.  The Otway Nordic Ski Centre just west of Prince George has its network of 55 km of trails open in summer for hikers and bikers, while during winter it offers groomed trails, night skiing, snowshoeing trails and a world class biathlon facility.

Expect to see the unexpected in Prince George – at the Aberdeen Glen

Hiking in the Ancient Forest near Prince George

There are 120 parks in the Prince George area alone to explore, or you can take guided tours to visit known wildlife viewing sites, or go fishing, or hunting.  Combine your outdoor exploration with some great art galleries in the city, great eateries, some shopping and return to your hosts at the Prince George B&B you checked into the day before.  Not only do they offer great hospitality but they can help you plan your next day’s activities to fully enjoy your time in this “northern” city!



Northern BC Events in August Include Music, Theatre and Pioneers

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Mid-August is a delightful time to visit majestic Northern BC.  The wildlife viewing and bird watching abound.  Water sports like kayaking & fishing are at their peak.  The pristine forest and coasts beckon visitors to experience the pristine and mostly untamed wonder that is Northern British Columbia.

Premier destinations of the region this time of year include:

Haida Gwaii

Haida Gwaii

Haida Gwaii, BC (formerly known at the Queen Charlotte Islands) is a recreational playground & First Nations cultural center comprised of two scenic islands.

Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert waterfront

Prince Rupert, BC is a charming harbour town protected by the Haida Gwaii islands that run along the beautiful Inside Passage.


Prince George

Prince George, BC

As the largest city in Northern BC, Prince George offers a satisfying mix of downtown arts, shopping & dining along with easy access to area fishing, golfing & hiking.

There are three mid-August events at these locations that are sure to enliven your summer travels through the region:

Edge of the World Music Festival

August 10-12, 2012
Tlell, Haida Gwaii, BC

Edge of the World Music FestivalAn eclectic collection of musical styles, ranging from folk to Afrofusion, funk, rock ‘n’ roll and more are performed by nearly two dozen local, regional and international bands.

UdderFest (Udder Theatre Festival)

August 8-11, 2012
Prince Rupert, BC

UdderFest celebrates Price Rupert local theateRegional theatre is celebrated with four days of performances of eight plays at two premier Prince Rupert venues and offers a great opportunity to experience the intimacy of local theatre.

Huble Homestead Days

August 5-6, 2012
Prince George, BC

Huble HomesteadHistoric Huble Homestead celebrates both its 100th anniversary and the pioneers of Prince George with a variety of family-friendly events, period presentations, dancing and much more.

Make the most of your time in this wondrous region with the personalized Northern BC lodging of our member inns. (more…)

Coldsnap In Prince George?

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Coldsnap” is the Prince George, B.C. winter music festival which is being held January 21-29, 2011.  This festival is known for its wide variety of music as well as excellent workshops. Out of town performers include the Adonis Puentis Band (some fine Cuban roots here),  Juno nominees the Sultans of String, The Good Lovelies and David Wilcox to name just a few.  The line up is really something special, and growing.  Tickets are on sale now, so check the website!

The Coldsnap Music Festival features alternative music and musicians who love what they do, are creative, vibrant and produce rich sounds.  The festival was begun as a tonic for the winter blues that can set in about half way through the season.   It has grown, in just three short years, to a major winter event attracting talent from all over Canada and the rest of North America.  The festival is among the BCAA’s Westworld magazine top ten things to do this winter.

Music venues will be located all around Prince George, especially the downtown core.  You’ll find great accommodation at a BC B&B Innkeepers Guild Bed & Breakfast, where you can ‘Rest Assured BC’.  Be sure to ask your Prince George Bed & Breakfast hosts for all the important details about Coldsnap and Prince George, and enjoy some beautiful music in BC’s north this winter.

Bulkley Valley? YES!!!

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Drive west from Prince George in Northern BC and you’ll find Smithers and the Bulkley Valley, an area of unsurpassed natural beauty, agriculture and a young, vibrant population.  Each year in late August over 20,000 people come to the fair here for four days of livestock exhibitions, horse and dog shows, Midway rides and a BCRA rodeo.  Festivities begin with a parade on Wednesday, August 25 and get better and better.  New for 2010:

* A Trainer’s Challenge where for 3 days, 3 horses, 3 trainers, and 3 judges deal with an obstacle course

*A Honey Contest to pick 2010’s best bees

*A Liberty Challenge involving the light horse division and much more

The rodeo features events including saddle bronc, steer wrestling, and the wild cow milking contest.

Agriculture is an important and exciting part of the BC experience.  Don’t miss it.  And don’t miss staying with your local BC’s Best B&Bs for insider’s information on what to do and see and for great sleeps and eats.

2000 Years Old and Awesome

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Visit the Wetland Ancient Forest on Highway 16E ,115 km East of Prince George.  Warning, this is a spiritual experience of the highest order!  The majesty of nature and its incredible beauty is on display here in a way that must be experienced to be understood.  It truly defies description.

There are many amazing  one day trips from Prince George in the center of British Columbia.  One of the most fascinating  is the Ancient Cedar Forest.  These stunning Cedars, dating up to 2000 years old, are some of the oldest and largest ever found.   (more…)

59 Years of Great Music in Prince George

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Over 1200 young musicians will take part in the 59th annual Prince George and District Music Festival being held from February 21 to March 2 with a showcase recital and festival gala on March 5.  The festival was created to foster musical excellence in Northern B.C. and today it is Northern B.C.’s premier competition for young performers and amateurs. The festival is a great way for performers to showcase their talents, gain experience and receive valuable feedback from adjudicators.  Categories include musical theatre, classical voice, instrumental, strings and piano. 

Prince George is home to several BC Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Guild members who know the area and can help you enhance your visit.  For more information on the Prince George and District Music Festival visit