So I’m up in Prince George this week for work. My team needed to do data collection here and in Victoria, so we split up with half the team coming north and the other half crossing the
Narrow Sea Georgia Strait to Essos Victoria. I’ve been to Victoria before – and I’m sure I’ll go again – so I jumped at the chance to come to PG, as I’ve never been here before and don’t imagine I’ll choose it as a vacation spot anytime soon. And I do like going to places I’ve never been before.
I have to say it’s quite pretty here and the people are unbelievably friendly. The people we are working with here are hosting a pub night at a local brewery for us on Wednesday and are making us lunch on Thursday. They’ve been so considerate and accommodating and friendly to us. And so has pretty much everyone else we’ve met. It’s very chill.
It’s also quite spread out here – it’s about a 20 minute walk from our hotel to the site we are working at and another 15 past that to get to where all the good restaurants are. (We went to the Copper Pig for BBQ for dinner – the food was amazing!). I’ve seen bus stops around, but I’ve yet to see a bus. Definitely a place that one would need to have a car (which we don’t).
Sadly, the forest fire season has started early – there wasn’t much precipitation over the winter – and they’ve already had to evacuate areas due to fire and it’s May! That doesn’t bode well for the summer – and we thought last summer’s forest fires were bad. 🙁
Some fun facts about PG:
- while I tend to think of PG as in the “north”, when you look on a map you can see that it’s not even half way to the top of the province
- population: 79,000 (just a bit bigger than New West’s 71,000)
- was “Canada’s most dangerous city” from 2010-2012. But 2016, it was Canada’s 4th most dangerous city1
- I should have looked that up before I volunteered to come here! [↩]
Tags: British Columbia, Canadian north, travel
Things I learned taking the bus in PG: If you’re on a bus in the winter and you want to transfer to another bus you tell the driver and he radios the other bus so it waits for you* (because sometimes it is actually too cold to wait outside for 30+ minutes for the next one). I seem to recall that some bus shelters were heated too.
*Disclaimer, this was true last time I took a bus there, 10+ years ago so may no longer be how it works. When I’m there for work now I only take cabs.
I eventually did see a bus, but they were pretty rare. Like you, Linda, I just took cabs (or walked – after dinner, it was kind of nice to go for a walk!)