Lots of information about Prince George can be found at this link.
Information about UNBC can be found at this link.
Travel to Prince George:
Travel to Prince George is possible via car, plane, or (sometimes) train. Our airport handles a number of flights a day from Vancouver and (coming soon) Calgary via WestJet or Air Canada. Central Mountain Air has flights arriving from a number of smaller BC communities, including Kelowna, Kamloops, Fort St. John, Terrace, etc. Pacific Coastal Airlines has direct flights from and to from Victoria most days.
The airport is well-serviced by two taxi companies and a regular shuttle for transport into town. Car rentals from a number of companies are also available at the airport, but reserve ahead!
Train travel is possible on Via Rail along the Prince Rupert-to-Jasper/Edmonton route.
YXS (the airport; information on car rentals and transport): http://www.pgairport.ca/
Air Canada: http://www.aircanada.com/
Central Mountain Air: https://flycma.com/
Pacific Coastal Airlines: http://www.pacificcoastal.com
Northern Thunderbird Air: http://www.ntair.ca
Via Rail: http://www.viarail.ca/
Transport in town:
UNBC is atop a hill, and there are nice walking/cycling trails through the woods and/or along the roads to the school.
As noted above, car rentals are available at the airport. Cars can also be rented in town at various locations.
BC Transit operates buses throughout town, and the buses run on a good regular schedule. So if you don’t have your own vehicle or aren’t going to rent a car, that is an option. If anyone among you plans to take the bus, please talk to us and we can give you some hints (route numbers, etc.).
Prince George transit system: http://www.transitbc.com/regions/prg/
(Important note for parking at UNBC: The parking pass dispensers only take quarters, loonies, or toonies. They do not take credit cards or any other form of payment. So come prepared with change if you intend to park at UNBC.)
Ramada – In the downtown core, but good access to UNBC. Near to lots of restaurants, etc.
Coast Inn of the North – In the downtown core, but good access to UNBC. Near to lots of restaurants, etc. The Shogun Japanese restaurant is in this hotel.
Sandman – There are two Sandmans (Sandmen?) in town (so be certain about which one you are booking at). The older one (Sandman Suites) has a Denny’s Restaurant attached. The newer one (Sandman Signature) is nice, but currently pretty isolated due to being in a location that is just being developed. It has a restaurant associated with it, i.e. the Rockford Grill.
Sheraton Four Points – On the way in from the airport. The only nearby (walking distance) restaurant is Than Vu. Not to far, by car, to UNBC.
Treasure Cove Casino Hotel – Quite close to the Sheraton Four Points, so the same details apply in terms of access to UNBC. Hummus Brother’s tapas bar is in this hotel.
UNBC residence – Stay right at UNBC in one of the residences. Information, and reservation forms/phone numbers/etc. are here: http://www.unbc.ca/conference/accommodation
UNBC also has a cafeteria, a Tim Horton’s, a corner store featuring standard snack food as well as local fare, a student-run coffee shop (Degrees Coffee), and a pub. One way or the other, there is always food available on campus at UNBC.
Other eating options on and off campus include:
The Thirsty Moose – This is UNBC’s student society-run pub, and the only place on campus where you can purchase EtOH, etc. It features typical pub food, various beers, and other drinks. Vegetarian options. https://www.facebook.com/ThirstyMoosePub
The Copper Pig Bbq House – Kansas-style barbecue, exceptional service, and a very wide variety of local and regional beers on tap and in bottles. Lots of meat, of course (although I think that there are vegetarian options, but don’t quote me on that). One of my favorite restaurants in town. Situated in the downtown core near to the Ramada and the Coast Inn. http://www.copperpigbbq.ca
Spicy Green – Sri Lankan, South Indian, and Singaporean meals. Spice levels vary from mild to extreme (you make your choice at the time of order). Vegetarian options, of course. They also deliver or do pick-up. Situated well outside of downtown, but not far from UNBC by car. http://www.spicygreensrestaurant.com/
Cimo – Mediterranean food, with a focus on pasta. Pasta is made fresh on site. A good wine menu. Also featuring some homemade local sauces (buffalo!). Vegetarian options. In the downtown core. http://www.cimos.ca/
White Goose Bistro – A classy little restaurant with an interesting (and rotating) menu. I’ve eaten ostrich, lobster ravioli, and a number of other great meals here. Right in downtown. Vegetarian options. http://www.whitegoosebistro.com/
Nancy O’s – Also right in downtown, great food and a good selection of drinks – much of it locally or regionally sourced. They are a big supporter of the local music/art scene and often have live music in the evenings. Vegetarian options. http://www.nancyos.ca/
Betulla Burning – Other than getting the spelling of the the birch genus incorrect (Betula), this is a fantastic restaurant. The feature an Italian birch-fired oven and they use it to make wonderful pizzas. http://www.betullaburning.com
CrossRoads Brewing – Great food, also featuring an Italian wood-fired oven for pizza. Another fantastic feature of this restaurant: http://crossroadscraft.com
Cafe Voltaire – Located inside of Books & Co. (more on that below). Coffee, coffee-related drinks, and tea along with a ton of always-freshly-made lunches (sandwiches, paninis, quiche, pasta, salad) and baked goods. Often, particularly Friday nights, there will be a musical act on stage as well. Located in the downtown. Vegetarian options. http://www.booksandcompany.ca/
North 54 – Upscale dining in downtown. Great atmosphere. A good wine list. Vegetarian options. http://www.north54restaurant.com/
Twisted Cork – Casual dining, good food. Near to the Ramada and Coast hotels in the downtown area. Vegetarian options. http://twisted-cork.com/
The Black Clover – A pub-style restaurant, with lots of beers on tap, in the downtown core. https://www.theblackclover.com
Kask – More craft beer, and craft spirits. And a great menu. https://www.kasktaproom.com
Ohh Chocolat Café – Lots and lots of chocolate. And coffee. And great sandwiches. And now also dinner! Good service in a nice setting. They have a shelf of board games to use at your table as well. Near to the Ramada and the Coast in downtown. http://www.ohhchocolat.com/
Pastry Chef – Just down the road from the Ramada. This place has been run by a single family for years. A bit of room to eat a lunch (etc.). Sandwiches made fresh to order. Lots of goodies and bread baked daily as well. Near to the Ramada and the Coast in downtown.
Than Vu – A nice little Vietnamese restaurant. Located near to the Sheraton Four Points hotel. Vegetarian options. http://thanhvu.ca/
Mai Thai – A Thai restaurant located a little bit out of downtown. Vegetarian options.
Humus Brothers – Located in the Treasure Cove Casino Hotel. A tapas bar, they also have a good selection of entrees. Vegetarian options. http://www.hummusbrothers.ca/
Fortune Palace – Chinese (pretty western, though) restaurant, down the hill from UNBC.
Golden Sail – Chinese restaurant, down the hill from UNBC.
Shogun – Japanese restaurant located in the Coast Inn.
The Keg – Located close to the Ramada and the Coast Inn in downtown. Steak house, of course. Recently renovated. http://www.kegsteakhouse.com/en/locations/BC/prince-george/prince-george-keg/
Various chains: Red Robin (edge of downtown), Earl’s, Moxie’s, Original Joe’s (not too far from UNBC), Starbucks (several locations), Tim Horton’s (several locations)
A few of the things to do while in town:
Please take a look at Tourism Prince George’s visitor guide at this link.
Ancient Forest – located about an hour’s drive east of Prince George on Highway 16. An extremely impressive interior wet belt rain forest with some big trees and other great things to see. A good part of the hike has been made very accessible through the installation of a boardwalk. But there are more rugged hiking options as well. http://web.unbc.ca/~wetbelt/af-trail.htm
Forests for the World – Located right behind UNBC, you can walk into the extensive hiking and biking trails from campus (perhaps a good reason to stay in the dorms?). Shane Lake, in the middle of the forest, is stocked each year with large rainbow trout that happily take a fly (but maybe aren’t so happy after that). A great place to spend an afternoon, and an area that is often used in UNBC courses for field laboratories, etc. http://tourismpg.com/activities/forests-world
Other hiking/strolling/walking in town – Prince George has plenty of greenbelt areas, particularly along the Fraser and Nechako Rivers. For instance, Cottonwood Park Nature Park, a short walk from Fort George Park, can be a great way to spend some outdoor time. Fort George Park, itself, has a nice little lagoon associated with it that can attract some interesting wildlife and insects. http://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?i=51577
Birding – Add to your life list! http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/documents/wldviewing/birdlistprincegeorge.pdf
Other natural history opportunities – Please contact the Prince George Naturalists Club: http://pgnc.wordpress.com/
Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre – A small, but punches-above-its-weight science centre for kids of all ages (plus the Prince George regional museum). Located in Fort George Park, so if the weather is nice you can visit the museum and then go for a stroll. http://theexplorationplace.com/
Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum – Just what the name says. Lots of train cars and forestry equipment on display, many of which you can go inside of to explore. Also a small train for kids to ride, if you bring your family. http://pgrfm.bc.ca/
Books and Company – How many local, independent bookstores exist anymore? Not too many, but here’s one! As noted above, there is a cafe associated with the store. Great selection. Generally a ton of books on sale as well. Helpful staff, and a funky atmosphere. In the downtown area. http://www.booksandcompany.ca/
Two Rivers Art Gallery – Our local art gallery, with rotating exhibits, a gift store, and regular activities, etc. In the downtown area, near to the Coast and Ramada hotels. http://tworiversgallery.ca/
Groop Gallery – Displaying and selling local and regional art. Open Fridays and Saturdays, and worth a peek if you are around. http://www.groopgallery.com/
Farmers’ Market – Two locations in the downtown core, open on Saturday mornings. The indoor market is open all year. The outdoor market opens in May. Many great vendors, lunch options, etc. http://www.farmersmarketpg.ca/
UNBC Farmer’s Market – The UNBC Farmer’s Market runs on Tuesdays spanning the lunch hour during the regular semesters. Besides the typical local farmers’ market fare, there is usually a local restaurant present offering a lunch option. http://www.unbc.ca/university-farmers-market
Jasper National Park – A world class national park, as all of you know. About a four-hour drive from Prince George east along Highway 16. http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/jasper/index.aspx
Various provincial parks – Scattered around Prince George, lots of hiking and other recreational options. Check out the provincial park guide for details. http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/