The City of Prince George sits on the traditional lands of the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation, whose name means "people where the rivers come together" in the Carrier language. It spans 318.3 square kms at the junction of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers. Today, Prince George is a city of 74,000 people and is the largest city in northern British Columbia.
Prince George is located near the geographic centre of British Columbia where Highway 16 and Highway 97 meet. It is 778km north of Vancouver and 737km west of Edmonton.
The City of Prince George's origins can be traced to a fur trading post founded in 1807 by Simon Fraser on traditional Lheidli T'enneh territory. Agricultural settlement around the trading post - named Fort George - began in the early 1900s when the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (later CN Rail) entered the region. The railway arrived in 1914 and construction started on the town that would eventually become the City of Prince George on March 6, 1915.
Prince George offers unparalleled access to outdoor recreation. The Fraser and Nechako rivers are focal points of an extensive park and trail system and there are more than 100 parks and green spaces that comprise an area about five times the size of Vancouver's Stanley Park. Other attractions include five ski hills within a two-hour drive from the city and many opportunities for year-round outdoor activities from camping to snowshoeing.