Enjoy world travel with Waterloo Hydrogeologic software trainer: Jacob George
Home Is Where the Heart Is – Prince George, BC
When visiting the west coast of Canada, I always anticipate beautiful landscapes and a chilled-out lifestyle. So, I wasn’t disappointed when I arrived in this town that felt like a casual mid-west city. Welcome to Prince George, British Columbia.
Getting to Prince George was exciting. I took my first-ever ride in a propeller plane with Air Canada’s Bombardier Dash 8 fleet. As a kid, I always played with model plane replicas, so it was a nostalgic experience to get the chance to fly in one. Flying to Prince George from Toronto does require a stop-over in Vancouver, but there are daily flights are available.
The Prince George International Airport (YXS) is a quaint and surprisingly small airport with four gates. It’s conveniently located a short 20-minute cab ride from the downtown core. The benefit of traveling to an airport of that size is you don’t have checked baggage; walking out of the airport is as easy as walking out of your local grocery store – A huge bonus!
Although the city’s downtown core is small, all the major hotels are nicely located within a 5-minute walk from one another. We decided to stay at the Days Inn Prince George and it was a great experience. They provided a delicious continental breakfast which was included in the room price. Breakfast was an assortment of coffee/tea, muffins, eggs, and fruit. I would like to see them add a shuttle service to and from the airport. THAT would take their service to the next level.
If you’re a foodie visiting the area, the city is not short on great food spots. If you’re feeling like pizza, I’d recommend the new Butella Burning. They specialize in Neapolitan pizzas, and feature a great open-style kitchen with traditional wood-fire ovens to make the pizza! If you’re interested in digging into some good ole’ pulled pork, beef brisket, or ribs – Cooper Pig BBQ House is the spot to check out. Finally, if you’re just looking for a lounge to chill out with some good music and eats, Nancy O’s is the place to be with their amazing menu. I especially enjoyed the southern styled Chicken & Waffles option!
Out and About:
The city of Prince George is nestled in some of Canada’s incredible uninhabited wilderness, and enjoys a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains. Much like the rest of British Columbia, and Canada’s west coast, there are lots of outdoor activities available once you drive out of the city limits. You can explore a few National Parks, take an afternoon stroll on some magnificent hiking trails, or stay at some local RV parks, and so much more.
See you next time from Golden, Colorado!
Our Prince George training project:
On this training project we collaborated with the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to run a 2-day Water Quality Data Management training session using our software: AquaChem. We had a great mix of engineers, hydrogeologists, and students from multiple departments. This gave us the ability to explore the varying applications of water quality database software solutions using AquaChem. The course began with some of the fundamentals of setting up a water quality database within AquaChem, and we built from there to create professional reports using the different visualization features within the software.
We’re looking forward to hearing back from the course attendees on the successful integration of AquaChem into their own water quality related projects.
About our trainer
Jacob George, B.Sc. with a Hydrogeology Specialization is the Training Specialist at Water Hydrogeologic. He has multiple years of experience at various technical roles within the groundwater industry and has a published thesis, “Hydrograph Calibration for an Urban Hydrological Surface & Subsurface Model of Laurel Creek Watershed using HydroGeoSphere”. Jacob has instructed various lectures and seminars, and conducted multiple workshops in Visual MODFLOW, AquiferTest, AquaChem and Hydro GeoAnalyst for Waterloo Hydrogeologic. Jacob’s mix of practical problem solving skills and subsurface modeling expertise enables the delivery of cost-effective solutions to complex problems.