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PRINCE GEORGE

Story and Photos by

LEE A. WOOD

Above the trees, behind City Hall,
and the Coliseum, is a lovely park.
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Old steam wheel.)
CONNAUGHT HILL PARK

AND VIEWS OF THE CITY
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Peak of mountain.)
Driving from Vancouver to Prince George
Van - CC then CC - PG
Flight from Prince George to Vancouver
YXS - YVR
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Sign for ski hill.)
HART HIGHLANDS

Winter Club Ski Hill
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Peak of mountain.)
HERITAGE RIVER TRAILS

Prince George's Seawall,
Includes a
RAILWAY & FORESTRY MUSEUM
Near the Western edge of the city
is the arena and the stables
where people keep and train their horses.
(Prince George, B.C. - Horse kissing girl).)
HORSE TRICKS

Obviously, from the name, one would assume that it was named after royalty. And one would be right. The city, or original fort, was named, Fort George, by Simon Fraser, in honour of King George III.

Prince George, like many communities in Western Canada, and the North Western United States of America, began as a fur trading post, built by the Hudson Bay Company.

Naturally one will find a replica of Fort George in the South Fort George Park, situated in the heart of the city.


LOOKING WEST UPON PRINCE GEORGE FROM HIGHWAY 16.
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - panorama of Prince George)
LEFT to RIGHT; PRISON, DOWNTOWN, SANDHILL,
NECHAKO RIVER JOINS THE FRASER RIVER
EACH YEAR SKIERS USE UP THEIR OLD SNOW SKIS BY HOLDING A `SANDBLAST', COMPETING ON THE SANDHILL

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - panorama of Prince George)
IT IS FAIR TO SAY THAT PRINCE GEORGE IS THE HEART OF B. C.
IT IS ALSO FAIR TO SAY THAT LOGGING IS THE HEART OF PRINCE GEORGE.
HERE WE SEE THREE PULP MILLS. (L to R) INTERCONTINENTAL PULP, NORTHWOOD’S PULP AND TIMBER,
AND PRINCE GEORGE PULP AND PAPER.

The first thing I did when I arrived in Prince George, was go to the Great Wall Restaurant. Handily enough it is on the side of the highway as you enter the city.

With this destination in mind I had held off stopping for supper and my mouth was watering by the time I arrived.

The owner of the restaurant, Chung, is a friend of mine whom I hadn't seen for several years. I was disappointed to learn that he was not in. He was in Vancouver, the same place he had been the last time I had visited his restaurant.

And, as the last time, I was disappointed. They still serve Cantonese style Chow Mien. When Chung had operated the Hart Wheel Inn, a truck stop on the Hart Hwy., he had served the best, Canadian style, Chow Mien in the world.

This is not to say you shouldn't go to the Great Wall Restaurant, if you want; good food, good service, a pleasant atmosphere, an excellent smorgasbord, all at a reasonable price. Just don't expect good Chow Mi.

Author's note: For a true chow mien, add bean sprouts to the above recipe.

When one lives in a town for several years, leaves for awhile and then returns as a tourist, it is difficult to view the town through the eyes of a tourist.

So it was with me when I returned to Price George. Everywhere I looked I saw people I knew, houses, or apartments I had lived in, and places I had been employed.

When I took pictures I didn't know whether to use them for my biography or for my travel story.

I had to stop and ask myself, 'If I was from another country, would I find this of interest'.

I tired to use the same criteria I use when I am in a foreign country, 'What would be of interest to the folks back home'.

Whether in Cuba or China I try to photograph what is unusual to me, so while in Prince I tried to photograph what would be unusual to those who live in places other than B. C. (British Columbia, Canada).

PRINCE GEORGE, GOING DOWN HILL INTO TOWN

Prince George lies in a bowl, the sides of which are hills of sand. The main shopping and residential areas are in the bowl but the hills are becoming more and more populated. In the last few years thee has been a large university built atop one hill and just recently, `03, major retailers have opened, large outlets on another.

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Highway going downhill.)
FROM THE SOUTH ON HIGHWAY 97.
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Highway going downhill.)
FROM THE EAST ON HIGHWAY 16.

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Highway going downhill.)
FROM THE NORTH ON HIGHWAY 97.
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Highway going downhill.)
FROM THE WEST ON HIGHWAY 16.
ACTUALLY, FOOTHILLS BLVD.

BRIDGES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HILLS GOING INTO TOWN

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Bridge.)
FROM THE SOUTH ON HIGHWAY 97.
FRASER RIVER BRIDGE
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - View from a bridge.)
LOOKING NORTH EAST
FRASER RIVER

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Bridge.)
FROM THE NORTH ON HIGHWAY 97.
NECHAKO RIVER BRIDGE
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - View from a bridge.)
LOOKING EAST
NECHAKO RIVER

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - View from a bridge.)
FROM THE EAST ON HIGHWAY 16.
FRASER RIVER BRIDGE
LOOKING NORTH AT THE OLD BRIDGE WHICH WAS SHARED, AND STILL USED BY, CN RAIL.

CN BRIDGE (CIRCA 1914) PICTURES TAKEN DEC. 22 2010

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - CN Bridge over the Fraser River.)
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - CN Bridge over the Fraser River.)
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - CN Bridge over the Fraser River.)

PRINCE GEORGE RURAL

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Buildings.)
THEIR OLD YARD ON HWY. 97, SOUTH OF THE CITY
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Sign, logo.)
RITCHIE BROTHERS AUCTIONS
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Buildings.)
THEIR NEW YARD ON HWY. 16, EAST OF THE CITY

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Houses.)
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - House.)

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Gravel road.)
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Farm house.)

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Field.)
THOUGH PRINCE GEORGE IS KNOWN AS `THE SPORTSMANS' PARADISE
IT IS ALSO KNOWN FOR ITS ABUNDANT HAY FIELDS.
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Large round bales of hay.)

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Road going down hill.)
BONNET HILL ON GISCOMBE ROAD
CENTER LEFT IS BLACKBURN SCHOOL AND AT THE END IS THE AIRPORT
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Building.)
BONNET HILL PUB

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Houses.)
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - House with truck logging truck in driveway.)
UNLIKE `UPTIGHT' VANCOUVER, TRUCKERS ARE ALLOWED
TO TAKE THEIR VEHICLE HOME AT NIGHT
NOTE THE THREE AXELS ON TRACTOR & TRAILER,
SOMETHING ELSE YOU DON'T SEE IN THE LOWER MAINLAND OF B. C.

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Looking in mirror on side of van.)
SUNSET IN A MIRROR
LOOKING BACK AT PRINCE GEORGE FROM ATOP THE AIRPORT HILL
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Lady.)
BRENDA, STANDING ON HER SUNDECK, DISPLAYS
A HOUSECOAT THAT SHE DESIGNED AND CREATED, FROM A PRESENT OF CLOTH

PRINCE GEORGE CENTRAL

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Information center.)
JUNCTION OF HIGHWAYS 16 & 97
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Tall wooden man.)
ORIGINALLY DESIGNED AND BUILT,
FROM LOGS, BY A LOCAL LOGGER,
IN A LAND OF LOGS AND LOGGERS,
(Like the `Woodenhead’ in Revelstoke.)
THE CITY HAS SEEN FIT TO REPLACE
THE OLD ONE WITH ONE MADE OF -
- FIBERGLASS, AND STEEL??

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Small sand hills.)
I'VE ALWAYS SAID THAT PRINCE GEORGE IS JUST A BIG BEACH LOOKING FOR A LAKE.
THIS SAND HILL IS USED FOR TOBOGGANING, AND BEGINNING SKIERS, IN THE WINTER
AND DIRT BIKES AND BEGINNING HANG GLIDERS IN THE SUMMER.
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - View over valley at edge of city.)
IN THE FOREGROUND, BCR INDUSTRIAL SITE
ON TOP OF THE HILL, UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN B. C.

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Shopping center.)
SPRUCELAND SHOPPING CENTER
ON LONG WEEKENDS MANY RESIDENTS GO TO VANCOUVER FOR BETTER PRICES AND LARGER SELECTIONS.
IN TURN, CITIZENS OF NEIGHBOURING COMMUNITIES COME TO PRINCE GEORGE FOR THE SAME REASON
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Hospital.)
UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OF NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA
(Formerly known as - PRINCE GEORGE REGIONAL HOSPITAL)

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Theatre, live.)
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Sign, entrance to theatre.)

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Building.)
MY SECOND HOME, WHEN I LIVED IN PRINCE GEORGE
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Sign, `Roll a Dome'.)
HANDING OUT SKATES, SERVING IN THE CONCESSION, PATROLLING THE FLOOR
IN EXCHANGE FOR FREE SKATING.

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Interior, kids skating.)
I CAN'T COUNT THE NUMBER OF TIMES I HAVE SCRUBBED THIS FLOOR, AT 3 IN THE MORNING,
AFTER A DANCE OR OTHER SOCIAL FUNCTION.
ORIGINALLY A CURLING RINK, THE FLOOR, MADE FROM BIRCH, WAS REMOVABLE SO THEY COULD LAY ICE, IN THE WINTER.
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Interior kids on skate boards.)
WHEN I LIVED IN PRINCE THIS ROOM WAS ALSO USED FOR SKATING AND SOCIAL FUNCTIONS, SUCH AS A THE LONGEST BANANA SPLIT IN THE WORLD WHICH WOULD BE SERVED DURING AN ALL NIGHT SKATE SESSION.

PIECES OF EVES TROUGH WOULD BE JOINED, TO A LENGTH OF TWENTY OR THIRTY FEET, THEN LINED WITH ALUMINUM FOIL. THE TROUGH WAS THEN: LINED WITH BANANAS; FILLED WITH ICE CREAM; AND COVERED WITH SYRUP, NUTS, AND CHERRIES. LARGE GARBAGE BAGS WITH HOLES CUT IN THE BOTTOM WERE PULLED OVER THE HEADS OF THE PARTICIPANTS. LOOK MA, NO HANDS.

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Shopping center.)
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Sign, Pine Center.)

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Park.)
RAINBOW PARK - ROLLING LAWNS
INTERSPERSED WITH GROVES OF TREES.
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - City lights at night.)

PRINCE GEORGE AQUATIC CENTRE

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - panorama of the interior of the aquatic centre)
A FULL FEATURE WATER CENTRE, DIVE BOARDS, SWIM LANES, A `WILDERNESS THEME' LEISURE AREA, HOT POOL, STEAM ROOM, ETC..


ONLY RECENTLY DISCOVERED, BY MYSELF,
THE PRINCE GEORGE AQUATIC CENTER,
A 28 METER `LAZY RIVER' MEANDERS IN AN ERRATIC OVAL.
WHY THEY CALL IT `LAZY' I'M NOT SURE. THE WATER JETS PUSH YOU AROUND QUITE QUICKLY.
A LOVER OF WATER SLIDES, THE LAZY RIVER MAKES YOU FORGET THAT THE AQUATIC CENTRE DOESN'T HAVE A WATER SLIDE.
NESTLED ON THE SIDE OF THE WAVE POOL, THE LAZY RIVER, THE ONLY ONE I HAVE EVER SEEN, IS, TO ME, THE OUTSTANDING FEATURE OF THE CENTRE.
Lazy River, inside the Aquatic Centre)

PRINCE GEORGE DOWNTOWN

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - City lights at night.)
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Grandstands.)
DOG HANDLERS, AND THEIR DOGS,
CAME FROM ALL OVER FOR THE `HANDLERS COMPETITION'.

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Street.)
THIRD STREET
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Buildings.)
`COLUMBUS HOTEL' AND THE `GENERATOR CABARET'

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Building.)
J. O. WILSON SQUARE, 250 GEORGE STREET.
PRINCE GEORGE LAW COURTS
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Sign, street market.)

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Street lined with stalls.)
SUMMER SUNDAYS IN DOWNTOWN PRINCE GEORGE
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - A display of hand painted pails.)
PAILS, MILK CANS, HAND PAINTED.

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Buildings.)
FOURTH STREET
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Sign, Waddling Duck.)
THIS WAS NEW TO ME. THE MENU CAUGHT MY ATTENTION;
AIR DRIED BISON STEAK, VENISON SIRLOIN, NORI WRAPPED AHI TUNA.
HOWEVER THEY WERE OUT OF BISON
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Sign, Cariboo Steak House.)
I'VE EATEN HERE MANY TIMES.
ALWAYS, GOOD FOOD, GOOD SERVICE

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Decorated street.)
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Sign, welcome to Historic George St.)

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - City Hall.)
CITY HALL
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Cenotaph in front of City Hall.)

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Ice arena, coliseum.)
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Sign, Entrance to Prince George Coliseum.)

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Building and sign, `Foundation Park'.)
FOUNDATION PARK
THE BUILDING BEHIND THE SIGN IS THE
FOUR SEASONS SWIMMING POOL.
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Clock tower.)
BEHIND THE POOL IS THE CIVIC CENTER,
THE PLAZA, OF WHICH, INCLUDES A CHILDREN'S' WATER PARK.

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Art Gallery.)
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Sign, Two Rivers Gallery.)

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Totem pole.)
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Sign, Millennium Unity Pole.)

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Plaza in front of civic center.)
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Sign, Entrance to Civic Center.)

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - library.)
PRINCE GEORGE PUBLIC LIBRARY
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Police Station.)
R.C.M.P. (ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE)
WHEN I WAS LITTLE, MY FATHER, WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE FORCE (RCMP),
TOLD ME THAT RCMP STOOD FOR, RAW CARROTS AND MASHED POTATOES.

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Shopping center.)
(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Sign, Parkwood Place.)

(Prince George, B. C. Canada - Street down to small shopping center across form Parkwood Place.)
A DOWNTOWN AREA OF SHOPPING AND MEDICAL OFFICES.

THE END OF MY PICTURES, AND THE END OF MY STORY, BUT NOT THE END OF PRINCE GEORGE.
THOUGH IT HAS ITS UPS AND DOWNS, POPULATION WISE, BECAUSE IT IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE LUMBER INDUSTRY, IT CONTINUES TO THRIVE, AS DO ALL CITIES, BECAUSE THEY BECOME AN ENTITY UNTO THEMSELVES. THOUGH LOGGING MAY FAIL THE POPULATION OF THE WORLD CONTINUES TO INCREASE AND PEOPLE NEED HOMES, AND PLACES TO SHOP.

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