Locally Owned & Operated


Gurney House of Vision is a locally owned and operated business in Prince George. William Gurney founded Gurney Optical in 1968 and has been serving Prince George and area for over 40 years with quality products and service.

William had always had an eye for quality, and worked to bring the latest in eyewear styles and lenses to his customers. In 1993, Yvonne Ryder joined William. After being mentored and taught for 16 years made the decision to purchase.

Yvonne Ryder

Yvonne was born and raised in Prince George and is proud to call it home!

Yvonne always wanted a career that would help others and make a difference in their lives, so it’s no surprise she plays such a huge role in making people of all ages look and feel amazing.

After graduating school with honours in 1995, Yvonne continued to grow and expand her knowledge in the field. After 15 years in the industry, she still strongly believes in always learning and continuing education to better serve her clients. In 2009, she become the new owner of Gurney House of Vision. Yvonne strives to bring in unique and exclusive product and a personalized customer care experience.

Yvonne mostly enjoys spending time with her family, friends and walking her dog. She loves to be outdoors; whether it be hiking, fishing, snorkeling or travelling to unique destinations and exploring different culture and scenery. Bringing a taste of her travels back with her to inspire her when selecting new brands and designers for the store.


In May 2010, Yvonne completed the Expert Vision System quality assurance program by Carl Zeiss. She is an authorized and certified Zeiss Vision Expert who never compromises vision.

Catherine Lortie

Growing up in and around the optical industry, Cathy is a very well rounded Optician. It makes her very happy to be a part of helping others improve their quality of life through their vision.

Cathy is always a joy to be around and is very passionate about her work. She will go above and beyond to provide the utmost in customer care for each individual client… even if it’s a never-ending search for the ‘perfect’ lens and frame combination.

She has been an important part ofGurney House of Vision since 2009, when Yvonne purchased the store.

Outside of work, Cathy loves spending time with her family. When the seasons allow, camping and quading and spending time outdoors are a favourite pass times. Cathy is also a very gifted photographer and has been working hard over the past few years with amazing results!


In May 2010, Cathy completed the Expert Vision System quality assurance program by Carl Zeiss. She is an authorized and certified Zeiss Vision Expert who never compromises vision.

Welcome Dr. Katherine Chermesnok!

We would like to welcome our new Optometrist, Dr. Katherine Chermesnok to the Gurney House of Vision team.

We are very excited to be open again and are now booking appointments for eye exams.

Contact Us for more information or to book an appointment.

In the Community


Gurney House of Vision believes in building a strong community through helping others.

We are happy to often donate our services to the Hospice House, local seniors homes and to the hospital to help those who are unable to make it in for adjustments or minor repairs.

Other cause we believe and contribute to are ‘The Canadian Cancer Society‘ and ‘Rainbow’s’.

Yvonne and Cathy strive to continue to grow their knowledge to better support their community…

• In 2011 traveled with the third world eye care society for a week long clinic to supply eyewear to those in need.

• Board Member for the College of Opticians of B.C.

• On the Quality assurance of Education board,

• Nominated  by RBC for business women of the year with Women of Influence.

• One of  400 out of 7400 applicants within Canada to be further processed for advancement into final round.

Our Brands


We have everything you are looking for, including top quality customer service. Whether it be for the book worm in the family or for safety on the job, Gurney House of Vision has you covered.

Come in to our showroom  to see our selection of exclusive frame lines from France, Germany and Japan. We also have a full line of Safety frames by Wiley X, Armour X and more.

Contact Us

Questions or Comments?


680 Victoria Street
Prince George, BC
V2L 2K4


(250) 564-5089

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Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Sat: 10am to 2pm
Sun & Holidays: Closed