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Prince George

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What to do

PARKS AND TRAILS

Explore fertile green forests, more than 1,000 bodies of water and abundant parks without having to spend too much time in the vehicle.

Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Wudujut Located 113km east of Prince George, this inland rainforest is something you do not want to miss! It is the only inland temperate rainforest in the world that is located so far away from the coast. The trail is a moderate hike that winds through the old growth forest, past a waterfall and back to the parking lot in a peaceful loop. Due to the nature of this area, this trail is not suitable for bikes.

Cottonwood Island Park A local favourite, this park is home to the Heritage River Trail, which begins alongside the Nechako River and follows the river downstream until it joins the Fraser River near the historic Grand Pacific Railway Bridge. Keep following the trail and you will end up in Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park, one of Prince George’s most popular parks.

Forests for the World This demonstration forest stretches over 106 hectares of land and has over 15km of hiking trails and a few small bodies of water, including Shane Lake. Shane Lake is stocked each year with fish and is a great place to sink a line with your family from one of two docks. There is also a picnic shelter, picnic tables, fire pits, and an outhouse.

Goodsir Nature Park Stroll along trails and learn about 200 different species of trees, shrubs and wildflowers from across Canada. Admire the beaver pond and browse an indoor plant museum. There is limited camping available at this private park. Due to the nature of this area and the trails, this park is not suitable for bikes.

LC Gunn Park Located on the banks above the Fraser River, LC Gunn Park has a 3.5km trail (one way) that follows the river and provides beautiful views of the city and surrounding area.

Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park Considered by many to be the crown jewel of Prince George’s aesthetic parks, Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park is home to many community celebrations (including Aboriginal Day and Canada Day). This park has a water spray park, playground, sand volleyball courts, a mini-train, ice cream stand (seasonal), the Lheidli T’enneh burial ground, numerous benches and picnic tables, and many ideal places for a picnic in the shade of mature trees.

 

CULTURE

There is much to experience and learn in Prince George, and visiting one of the museums or heritage sites is a great way to begin.

Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum Located beside Cottonwood Island Park this museum has exhibits inside and outside. Unleash your curiosity and climb aboard trains and sit in the conductor’s seat. Learn about Prince George’s early days and the significant role trains and forestry played in the development of the city.

Huble Homestead Historic Site This living heritage site is located 40km north of Prince George on the banks of the vital Fraser River. Comprised of numerous outbuildings, this site makes for a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Buildings include a Blacksmith shop, dugout Canoe, Huble House, General Store and a First Nations fishing camp, among others. If possible, join them during one of the many special events that are held throughout the year for an enhanced experience.

The Exploration Place Science Centre and Museum Surrounded by the rolling lawns of Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park, this museum is home to an incredible wealth of local knowledge and science exhibits that will captivate all ages. They have a variety of living reptiles and insects, a permanent dinosaur exhibit, and, new in June 2017, a First Nations exhibit focused on the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation.

Two Rivers Gallery Located near the heart of downtown Prince George in Canada Games Plaza, Two Rivers Gallery houses a collection of visual art in modern building reflective of the area’s geography. Two Rivers Gallery frequently features contemporary Canadian art in their galleries and their gift shop offers visitors the option to support local artists while buying quality wares. Visit upstairs to see the MakerLab, a “multi-disciplinary community space stocked with tools, technology, materials and mentors.”

TOURS

Aberdeen Helicopters Gain a whole new perspective of Prince George and the surrounding wilderness with Aberdeen Helicopters. Take an aerial tour of Prince George, follow the Fraser River to Fort George Canyon, see the unique topography in Eskers Provincial Park, the Continental Divide, or anything else your adventurous spirit desires.

Northern Lights Estate Winery BC’s northern-most winery is located on the shores of the Nechako River in Prince George. Northern Lights Estate Winery offers free, public tours throughout the summer through their orchards. Bring some food and enjoy a picnic with a bottle of wine on their patio or play some lawn games.

Pacific Western Brewery Pacific Western Brewing is Canada’s longest running, British Columbian-owned brewery and it continues to produce high quality beer from the fresh water spring it is based on. The brewery is high-achieving and has led the way in the brewing industry, including being the first ISO 9001 certified brewery in North America, producing the first certified organic lager beer in Canada, creating the first ice beer in Canada, being the first Canadian brewer to export to Mainland China (1991) and Russia (1996), and notably, being the first brewery to produce canned beer in BC.

UNBC Continuing Studies Since 2014 UNBC Continuing Studies has been providing limited access to seldom-visited historic sites in northwestern BC, frequently utilizing jetboats as a primary mode of transportation. Tours include Canneries of the North Coast, Historic Fort George River Journey, Northwest BC Bear Discovery Tour, The Town That Got Lost –Anyox Exploration, Ghost Towns of Northwest BC, Skeena River Historic Journey by Jet Boat and more.