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10 Interesting Facts About Prince George, British Columbia

Facts About Prince George

  • Prince George is the largest city in northern British Columbia, Canada.
  • As part of its 100th anniversary, the City of Prince George hosted the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
  • Prince George is often called the province’s “Northern Capital” or sometimes the “Spruce Capital” because it is the hub city for Northern BC.
  • Prince George is located in the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George near the transition between the northern and southern portions of the Rocky Mountain Trench.
  • The origins of Prince George can be traced to the North West Company fur trading post of Fort George, which was established in 1807 by Simon Fraser and named in honour of King George III.
  • Prince George Incorporated as a city on March 6, 1915.
  • The highest temperature ever recorded in Prince George was 38.9 °C on 17 July 1941. The lowest temperature ever recorded was −50.0 °C on 2 January 1950 at Prince George Airport.
  • The Estimated Population of Prince George is 74,003.
  • There were three rationales given for naming the new city as Prince George: In 1911, Grand Trunk Railway documents justified the name to clearly distinguish it from nearby Fort George neighbourhoods; In 1914, the railway said that the name would honour the recently crowned King George V & A third rationale was to honour Prince George, Duke of Kent, the fourth son of reigning King George V.
  • The economy of Prince George in the first decade of the 21st century has come to be dominated by service industries.
Facts About Prince George, British Columbia
Facts About Prince George, British Columbia

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