Prince George is the “Northern Capital” of British Columbia; it’s the largest city in the northern area of the province and has a population of about 80,000.
Situated at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers, and the crossroads of Highway 16 and Highway 97, Prince George has an important role in British Columbia’s economy and culture, and acts as its service and supply hub.
Many highly skilled new immigrants choose Prince George as their home in Canada, because of its safe and embracing community, and the easy lifestyle.
Prince George has a humid continental climate: four complete seasons – lots of sun between May and September and lots of snow between November and March. The average January temperature is −10 °C, and there’s an average of 38 days from December to February where the high reaches or surpasses freezing. Summer days are warm, with a July high of 22°C, but lows are often cool, with monthly lows averaging below 10 °C. The transitions between winter and summer, however, are short. There is some precipitation year-round, but February through April is the driest period. Snow averages 216 centimetres each year.
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With its international airport (YXS), VIA Rail daylight passenger train service, Greyhound Bus and good highway infrastructure, Prince George is known as the transportation hub of northern B.C.
Prince George Transit System, or PG Transit, is the main public transit provider in Prince George, British Columbia. Adult fares for the bus service cost $2.25 and children under 4 travel free. Day Passes are $4.50 and monthly passes for $54.
For detailed information on services offered by the Prince George Transit System, click here.
The primary air connection to the rest of the world is provided by multiple daily flights out of YXS to Vancouver on Air Canada and Westjet.
A few smaller airlines and charter flights fly to regional and smaller centres.
Greyhound Bus Lines provides daily bus service south to Vancouver, west to Prince Rupert, east to Edmonton, Alberta and north to Fort St. John.
If you live in one of Prince George’s residential areas, your maximum commute to downtown will be about 15 minutes.
For information on driving in British Columbia and how to get a licence, see Driving.
Law enforcement services in Prince George are provided by Canada’s national police service – the RCMP.
In emergency call 9-1-1 immediately. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, the fire department or an ambulance.
If the situation doesn’t require immediate attention, please call 613-993-7267.
Places of worship
Prince George is home to numerous cultural associations for immigrants from around the world and you will find Catholic and Protestant churches, Sikh Temples and an Islamic Center in the city. To find out about different places of worship in Prince George, click here.