Prince George (pop. 77,000) is the fourth largest city in British Columbia. It's a transportation hub and is home to the University of Northern British Columbia. It also provides services and shopping for 300,000 people in the surrounding area. The city has a low cost of living and higher-than-average wages. Prince George hosted the Canada Winter Games in 2015.
- Hiking and camping
- Fishing and hunting
- Swimming in local lakes and rivers, or in two large municipal pools
- Golfing (several local courses)
- Cross-country skiing
- Snowboarding and downhill skiing at Tabor Mountain, Purden Ski Village, or Hart Highlands Winter Club
- Canoeing, rafting, and boating
- Art galleries and a museum
- A large regional library
- Live dance, theatre, and symphony
The University Hospital of Northern British Columbia (UHNBC) is the largest acute care facility in the region, and a hub for specialized health services. It's also a teaching hospital.
- Provides undergraduate physician training through the Northern Medical Program, run by the University of British Columbia and University of Northern British Columbia.
- Hosts residents in UBC's Family Practice Residency Program
- Is a key clinical education site for nursing and many health sciences students at UNBC, the College of New Caledonia, BCIT and other institutions.
UHNBC has benefited from nearly $100 million in expansions, renovations and new equipment since 2001:
- Patient care addition with an expanded emergency room and updated ICU
- State-of-the-art maternal-child care centre (including a single room neonatal ICU)
- Facilities to accommodate undergraduate physician training
- MRI unit
UHNBC is also home to a new cancer centre for Northern BC, featuring a wide range of cancer treatments including radiation therapy.