Prince George is a city within North Central British Columbia. The city was originally a fur trading post called Fort George, controlled by the North West Company. The Grand Trunk Pacific Railways had a route running through Fort George in 1903. More development followed as two rival land speculators built the communities of South Fort George and Central Fort George. In the year 1964, Prince George Pulp was built followed by two more other pulp businesses. More houses and new schools were included to keep up with the development, and since then, the population of the city continues to increase to more than 70,000 individuals.
The city has opened the Prince George Field in the spring of the year 2006. The baseball facility is recognized as among the most unique diamonds within British Columbia. The Otway Nordic Centre, which is managed by the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club, is home to amongst the largest Nordic ski clubs in the province. It has approximately 40 kms of groomed trails which are lit for night skiing, a 1,400 sq. ft. day lodge, and a biathlon range. Recreation facilities that are normally found are Aquatic Centre, multi-purpose arena, roller rinks, CN Centre, tennis courts, ice rinks, lacrosse fields, eight golf courses, soccer, baseball, parks and playgrounds. Four provincial parks in the region provide downhill skiing, heli-skiing and cross-county.
The cities largest summer event, the Prince George Exhibition, is held each month of August. The main attractions at this event include: horticulture and art exhibitions, trade show, food fair, and several others. One more festival, the Canadian Northern Children's Festival is geared towards children offering children several opportunities for hands-on activity. It includes roving performers, clowns, and face painting. The Snow Daze Winter Festival is held each February, and some of the events to look forward to are bed races, OTL, curling, Mr. PG Pageant, snow golf and Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament. The Forest Expo gives information about the importance of vegetation and trees. It likewise features the latest in forest supplies, technology and services. The Father's Day Show and Shine is held in downtown Prince George and showcases live performers and modern and vintage cars. The Prince George Folkfest is a folk music festival held each and every year at the Fort George Park (Fraser River). Its past guest artists consist of Matthew Good, John Denver, Janis Lan, and several others.
The main economy of Prince George is mostly dominated by the service industries. Another major economic player is education. Its main universities and colleges add about $800 million in the local economy every year. Forestry is likewise amongst the major economic contributors within the city. All through the 20th century, there have been lots of businesses which have invested in pulp mills, sawmills, and plywood manufacturing machines. Various businesses that contribute to the economy are brewery, dairy, chemical plants, aluminum boat building, log home construction, value added forestry product, and several others. Lots of speculators are predicting that mining exploration would be the next main economic player at Prince George, and Nechako Basin (which contains more than 5 million barrels of oil) will be amongst the most significant and important sites in the future.