A city surrounded by lakes, forests, and the biggest, bluest skies in all of BC.
Set in the geographic center of British Columbia on the Nechako and Fraser rivers, Prince George lies in the middle of the forested Interior Plateau and serves as a jumping-off point for RVers heading north on the Great Northern Circle Route to the Alaska Highway. The area rewards adventurous campers looking to get away from wifi hotspots and embrace true solitude, but you don’t need to leave “PG” to go camping, as there are over 120 parks and recreation areas within city limits, most of which have RV campgrounds. Fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, and (in winter) Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are popular area activities.
About 40 minutes north of Prince George by road, Teapot Mountain is a popular area day hike near a variety of campgrounds with sites for tent camping or RV spots with full hookups. The 2-kilometre route takes visitors up for views of Summit Lake and the area surrounding Highway 97. Try it in winter with snowshoes.
This day-use park east of the city is well-trafficked for its fishing, mountain bike trails, and canoeing. Consider making a stop at Eena Lake for more first-rate fishing and campsite options on your way in or out of the park.
Popular for the Tabor Mountain Ski Resort, this area draws winter travelers for its cross-country skiing and summer visitors for its mountain biking. Trails are numerous, and there are options for all skill levels.
May, June, and July have long, 18-hour-plus days, but these months can be buggy, especially if following a wet spring. Mid-July to mid-October are ideal, with comfortable daytime temperatures and lots of sunshine.
- As the largest city in the central B.C, Prince George has standard retail services, including Costco, Wal-Mart, and Canadian Tire. - Summer campground reservations may be required at the two nearby provincial parks, though the Prince George region is not heavily travelled compared to other parts of BC. - Private campgrounds near major highways typically offer fast wifi and showers, while campgrounds out at remote lakes are most often primitive and require self-sufficiency.