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Overview of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Known as British Columbia's northern capital, Prince George is a bustling city situated at the crossroads of Highway 97 (north-south) and Highway 16 (east-west), and at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers. As a major city of the Pacific Rim, Prince George is firmly tied to the global market.

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  • Population: 77 721 - 82 000 (2004-2006)
  • Population Density: 229.1 /km²
  • Area: 316 km²
  • Latitude: 53°54?N
  • Longitude: 122°45?W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Time Zone: Pacific
  • Language: English
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History of Prince George, British Columbia

Prince George can be traced back to the Northwest Company fur trading post of Fort George, established in 1807 by Simon Fraser. The post was centred in the centuries-old homeland of the Lheidli T`enneh First Nation, whose very name means 'people of the confluence'. The railway arrived in 1914 and construction of the railway townsite commenced. The City of Prince George was incorporated on March 6, 1915.

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Prince George's Demographics

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Prince George's Climate

The average summer temperatures in Prince George are a high of 20.1°C and a low of 6.8°C. The average winter temperatures are a high of 3.4°C, and a low of 11.8°C.

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Education in Prince George, British Columbia

Prince George`s education system has 37 elementary, eight secondary, two junior secondary, one middle school and eight private schools. Local post secondary facilities include the University of Northern British Columbia and the College of New Caledonia.

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Transportation around Prince George, British Columbia

Prince George has its own public transit system, Prince George Transit System, which operates the local bus system.

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Tourism and Attractions of Prince George

There's plenty to experience in Prince George, everything from first class hotels to great dining, fishing, hiking, hunting, jet boating, and even llama-trekking. Enjoy the local theatre, dance, art, music and history that contribute to the flare of Prince George.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Prince George
  • Willow River
  • Red Rock
  • Stoner
  • Baldy Hughes
  • Reid Lake
  • Nukko Lake
  • Isle Pierre
  • Vanderhoof
  • Shelley
  • Hixon
  • Summit Lake
  • Upper Fraser

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Geography of Prince George, British Columbia

Prince George contains several areas: the Hart, the residential and light industrial neighbourhoods north of the Fraser River; College Heights, the southern part of the city used mostly for residence, and; the Bowl, the valley that includes most of the city and the downtown. There are also a number of outlying areas that are also part of Prince George.

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Prince George's Government

Prince George has four electoral districts: Prince George North; Prince George-Mount Robson; Prince George-Omineca, and; Prince George South. The city is governed by a mayor and councillors.

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Prince George's Economy and Industry

Wood drives the local economy in Prince George, with forestry, plywood manufacture, sawmills and pulp mills as major employers and customers. Other industry includes two chemical plants, an oil refinery, brewery, dairy, machine shops, aluminum boat building and log home construction. Prince George is also a staging centre for mining and prospecting, and a major regional transportation, trade and government hub.

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Prince George's Culture and Significant Events

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Sports in Prince George, British Columbia

Recreation opportunities are second to none in Prince George and range from golfing, skiing, fishing and hunting to any team sport you can think of including hockey and baseball.

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Media of Prince George

Prince George has two main newspapers, the daily the Prince George Citizen which appears Monday through Saturday and the free semi-weekly Prince George Free Press which appears on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Prince George also has several AM and FM radio stations as well.

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