Prince George District - Overview

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The Prince George area has a population of 83,259 (1991 census data), or 85 percent of the entire population of the Prince George Timber Supply Area. The city of Prince George is the largest community within the Prince George Forest District, with a 1994 population of 75,065.

Other communities in the Prince George District include Bear Lake, Summit Lake, Hixon, Longworth, Penny, Sinclair Mills, Willow River, Upper Fraser, McLeod Lake, Nukko Lake, Giscome, Shelley, Dome Creek, Aleza Lake, Red Rock, Stoner, Beaverley, Mud River, Punchaw, Strathnaver and Isle Pierre.

The forestry sector dominates the economy within the Prince George Forest District and accounts for 32 percent of basic sector employment. There are several major sawmills, three large pulp mills, and numerous value-added manufacturing operations.

Provincially significant fish stocks and wildlife populations are found within the Prince George area. The white sturgeon, now a threatened species is found in the Fraser, Nechako and Stuart Rivers. The brassy minnow, also a threatened species is found in three small lakes. Many of the large rivers are important for salmon production in the Fraser basin. The Blackwater River provides excellent rainbow trout fishing. Several high quality fishing lakes support large lake and rainbow trout.

There are several large rivers and associated valleys, including the Fraser, Nechako, Stuart, Salmon, Blackwater, McGregor, Willow, Bowron, Crooked and Parsnip that are important landscape features.

The over-riding influence and interaction of climate and soils favours coniferous tree species, of which hybrid white spruce is the most abundant and together with lodgepole pine and subalpine fir are the dominant climax tree species.  Aspen and paper birch are the major pioneer tree species. Near the northern extent of its range, Douglas-fir is rarely abundant, occurs on dry, warm sites and has a wide distribution.

Within Prince George there are a variety of facilities, clubs and organized recreational opportunities. As well, the Prince George area has a total of 123 city parks and 4 provincial parks (Crooked River, Purden Lake, West Lake and Eskers) near the city. The Regional District of Fraser Fort George also manages 6 day-use parks (Berman Lake, Giscome Portage, Harold Mann, McMillan Creek, Ness Lake and Wilkins).

Outdoor recreation activities include fishing, hiking, hunting, boating, canoeing, snowmobiling, kayaking, skiing, camping and many others. Most access into the backcountry is by Forest Service roads and there are several lakes and some lodges with fly-in or hike in access only.

Significant recreation features within the area include:

  • Alexander MacKenzie Trail, Telegraph (Collins Overland Telegraph) Trail, Giscome Portage and Caledonia Mountain trails, and Vineyard, Discoll, Dome Mountain, Grizzly Den
  • Raven Lake, and Sugarbowl hiking areas
  • Grand Canyon of the Fraser
  • Caves, including the Karst Formation and "Fang" cave and trails
  • Stuart River, Nechako River, Crooked River, Fraser River, Willow River, and Bowron River
  • Divide Lakes
  • Managed Nordic ski trails (Otway), Purden and Tabor ski hills
  • Aleza Lake Research Forest
  • "Forests for the World" on Cranbrook Hill