Prince George is attracting international attention as a destination spot for tourists.
According to statistics gathered by the Northern B.C. Tourism Association, 954 Americans, 264 Europeans, 31 Asians, 32 Australians and New Zealanders, 12 South Americans and five Africans visited Prince George between April 2004 and March 2005. By comparison only 954 Canadian tourists visited the city.
Jan Einoursson and his family came from Sweden to see Canada’s north. The reason is simple, he said.
I am 63 years old and I have never seen a bear in Sweden. This trip we have seen 10,” Einoursson said. It’s like a safari.”
In addition to bears, the Einourssons spotted wolves, elk and bison in their travels through the Yukon, Northwest Territories and northern B.C.
It was their third trip to Canada in the last four years, he added.
It is a beautiful country and very big. You can’t see it all in one trip,” Einoursson said. It is easy for travel, easy to camp. The people are very friendly.”
The family has travelled regularly each year for the past 35 years, he said, including 10 trips to Florida.
There are too many tourists in Florida. There is too much development,” he added. We like this better.”
Prince George RCMP Cst. Terry Fehr was at the Prince George Information Centre, Friday, in full dress uniform greeting visitors.
If you think Canada, you think beavers and moose and Mounties,” Fehr said. A lot want to take a picture with me. It’s a real bonus for them.”
Fehr will be at the visitor centre periodically throughout the summer helping to build goodwill for the city and the RCMP.
Canada is one of the few nations in the world where the police are a national symbol,” he said. Most people around the world know about the Mounties.”