Thinking of moving to Prince George? Why wouldn’t you? That will be your thought after I tell you just some of the reasons my wife, Karen, and I decided to make it our home.
First, lets talk about the lifestyle offered by this region. Karen and I love the outdoors! We enjoy opening our backroads map book and finding a new location to explore with our 3 dogs. There is an abundance of free recreation sites for camping and day trips on one of the 1,600 lakes and rivers within an hour drive of the City. We’ve even been able to pull up to a lakefront campsite in the middle of a long weekend. Winter is filled with days on the lake ice fishing or afternoon snowshoe.
Affordability is another appealing factor in the region. A detached home here averages $357,965 as of February 2020, compared to Vancouver BC’s average of $2,222,798. Here a typical family can afford a home with a yard and a great lifestyle.
The people we have met since moving to Prince George have been incredibly friendly. We have had the fortune of making amazing new friends and creating a family away from family. When in need of anything, the community is quick to offer a helping hand in any way needed. This is seen regularly on various Facebook pages as well.
Prince George is laid out well, offering ease of commuting. You can be almost anywhere in the city within 15 minutes. Despite the population being similar to that of other cities like Grande Prairie, Prince George has maintained a small-town feel. Despite that, it has all the amenities of a big city, including big box stores. We also have many gyms and an aquatic centre. The City is also building a new pool in the downtown core.
Being the “gateway to the North” and referred to as the Capital of the North, Prince George has The College of New Caledonia, University of Northern BC, and the University Hospital of Northern BC, and a Cancer Agency. Your children don’t even need to leave town for a high quality post-secondary education. The College of New Caledonia is currently expanding its programs to provide even more for our region.
Manufacturing is one of the largest sectors for Prince George’s economic development. We produce a variety of products including pulp and paper, plastic goods, and pellets and biomass products. The manufacturing sector aides our other economic drivers of mining, forestry, energy, and transportation. With all the wonder of our region, tourism has also been increasing. This year we will be hosting the 2020 Women’s Curling Championships.
Whether you’re a hunter, fisher, a family looking for an affordable home, Prince George has lots to offer and may be the place for you too.
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