Prince George is known for the natural beauty of British Columbia’s northern interior forests surrounding it in all directions.
With such beauty comes the best viewpoints to see the city. Most Prince Georgians will direct visitors to its famous Cut Banks, but there’s many more scenic lookouts within this vast Lheidli T’enneh territory.
Here are the some of the best vistas Prince George has to offer.
Connaught Hill Park
Connaught Hill Park overlooks the city and has some pretty views in all directions and is just south of downtown. The garden at the top is also vibrant even in autumn, which would make it a popular spot for milestone photos such as weddings and graduations.
McMillan Creek Regional Park
McMillan Creek Regional Park is across the Nechako River from downtown and the rail yard.
There are two ways to get to the lookout point from the parking lot. A flat service corridor will take you to an unobstructed panoramic view of the city, or you may take a more challenging hiking trail to get there. The hiking trail goes steadily up, but you’ll be rewarded with a bird’s eye view of the city from on top of the Cut Banks.
L.C. Gunn Park East Trail
Prince George was established at the intersection of two rivers. From L.C. Gunn Park’s east trail, you can see where the Nechako and Fraser Rivers come together in the expanse behind the Prince George Railway Bridge.
Also known as the CN Rail Bridge, the Prince George Railway Bridge is the longest railway bridge in British Columbia, spanning half a mile long. The designer Joseph Strauss would later become the chief engineer of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
Perched a little downhill from the University of Northern British Columbia Campus are hiking trails which give great views. Along University Way at Slide Line Trail is an interpretive rest area which gives a look over Exhibition Park.
On clear evenings if the solar output is high, this is one of the best vantage points to view the dancing aurora borealis.
Forests for the World Lookout
On the western front of Prince George is Forests for the World. Over 35,000 seedlings were planted in 1985 on 160 acres which were formerly farmland.
A special lookout point was built in the design of this park, and sight lines were recently cleared to give this spectacular view of the northern interior British Columbia landscape with forests, rolling hills, and Rocky Mountains in the distance.
There are plenty of wayfinding maps on site. However, we suggest using your phone as a GPS for hiking through this 160 acre natural area.
L.C. Gunn Park River Trail
We saved the best for last. In fact, on our sponsored Flair Airlines trip to Prince George, we visited L.C. Gunn Park three days in a row because there’s just no other view quite like this one.
Along the L.C Gunn Trail are two lookout points which will give you front row access to see all of downtown Prince George from across the Fraser River. If you time your visit with the sunset, you’ll be in awe as you watch the colours change across the sky and the city lights up for the night.
When the time is right for travel again, make plans to discover Prince George, the Basecamp to the North.
Note: This article was not sponsored by Flair Airlines nor Tourism Prince George. However, social media posts, a ticket giveaway, promo code YEGVENTURES25 for 25% off base fare, and our flights to and from Prince George were sponsored by Flair Airlines. Part of our itinerary was also in partnership with Tourism Prince George.