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For those of you who placed bets at Ladbrokes and guessed the Royal Baby’s name correctly, congratulations! One city in western Canada is celebrating the Duke and Duchesses name choice and that’s Price George in British Columbia. The baby fever is far from over for this town!

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What’s in a name?

As if you haven’t heard enough about the royal baby since its birth in July. Now that the little prince is home at Kensington Palace and his birth has been officially registered, the baby fever can finally die down. Well maybe in London but there’s no way that’s going to happen in British Columbia. The city of Prince George is going to milk the whole name thing out as long as they possibly can!

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WestJet, a low cost Canadian airline, is offering travellers who book flights to or from Prince George, BC before October 31st, 2013 a 10% discount in celebration of the new prince’s name. Passengers will need to enter the promo code WJC70 and coupon code QREPVGT when booking to claim the discount.

Visiting Prince George

Located considerably inland, some may wonder why pay a visit to Prince George at all? PG has some amazing cross country skiing courses. Just outside of town you can reach Tabor or Purden Ski Resorts or just head to Hart Highlands right in town for alpine skiing. Not to mention the dog-sledding and outdoor ice skating!

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Can you believe that this 10m tall “tree man” is one of the city’s main attractions? His name is Mr. PG and stands in front of the city’s tourist information centre on the corner of HWY 16 and HWY 97.

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For a dose of history head to Huble Homestead about 40 kilometres to the north of Prince George off of HWY 97. Here you’ll find Al Huble’s home which dates from 1904 when the trader arrived in the area. There’s also a blacksmith shop, trapper’s cabin and general store here, some original while others are reconstructed.

Is Prince George on your travel bucket list?

Imgs: Kris Krug, davidmesaaz, Christopher Neve / Flickr cc.

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