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Recently students in CNC's Tourism and Hospitality Post-Diploma Program wrote about some of Prince George's attractions. Student Joshua Shin offered to share his blog post with us, read it below and enjoy his images:
Are you a newcomer to Prince George who loves Mother Nature so much?
If so, I would like to recommend some of the hidden gems in PG that have different attractions depending on the season.
1. Spring - Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park
In the middle of March, I took a walk in the park along the slushy path with melted snow.
The snow was already melting a lot, and I could feel full of spring energy in every corner of the park.
The most spectacular scene was the Fraser River, where floating ice was drifting away.
With such a gorgeous view, Prince George is clearly waking up from a long hibernation.
If you've been waiting for spring, just come and feel it! For more information, visit the website
2. Summer - Ancient Forest
If you are looking for somewhere to get away from the scorching heat, the Ancient Forest is definitely one of the best places to go in the summer.
When I visited the Ancient Forest, it was very hot outside (around 28°). However, I felt a bit cool.
It was filled with dense pristine rainforests and has wooden tracks installed in every trekking path to prevent damage to nature from numerous visitors.
What is more surprising is that those wooden tracks were installed by volunteers over many years.
It was my chance to realize the Canadian's love of nature once again.
The most amazing fact is that this Ancient Forest is the rainforest, which is the only inland rainforest in the world.
For more information, visit the website at http://tourismpg.com/activities/ancient-forest-east
3. Autumn - LC Gunn Park
The autumn sky in Prince George is truly beautiful and even beyond description.
If you are an autumn lover, LC Gunn Park could be the best choice.
In the autumn at LC Gunn Park, there were so many trees started to tinge with a variety of dazzling colors in the park around mid-October.
Whenever I step on the fallen leaves there, I enjoy the rustling sounds while I walk through the trails.
If you ever have a chance to stand on the highest point on the banks and look down at the Fraser River, these colorful leaves reflect in the river and create a fantastic view. It was simply awesome!
For more information, visit the website
4. Winter - Cottonwood Island Nature Park
The paths into Cottonwood Island Nature Park were very tough for me because of the heavy snow in the middle of January.
Through the fifteen-minute struggle, finally, I could reach to the Nechako River. Here is a tip: If you want to come to the park during the snowy winter, make sure to wear snowshoes.
I received a great reward for all my troubles to get there. It was fantastic to see that the strong sunlight shining on the white snowflakes and the snow powder flowing around me whenever the wind blows.
In my home country, I had never experienced such an unrealistic scenery; it was more like a scene from a fairy tale.
For more information visit the website at http://tourismpg.com/activities/cottonwood-island-nature-park
About Joshua: "My name is Joshua Shin from South Korea. I have lived in Prince George with my wife and two daughters since the end of July, 2017. Now I am taking the Tourism and Hotel Management Post-Diploma program at CNC since January, 2018. I love to travel all over the world and explore many hidden gems in Canada whenever I have the chance."
Mid March conditions were prime for a snowshoe trip to Livingston Springs recently. These warm springs are located in Crooked River Provincial Park, 75km north of Prince George on Highway 97. The park gates are closed in the winter, but a small parking area right off the highway is usually cleared. The trail to the springs is 5km of mostly level terrain.
The springs stay at approximately 7°C: definitely not hot springs, but they support plant life and birds year round. Finding your way to springs is easy as this is a popular trail that is well signed. If you are visiting on a weekend you will probably make some friends along the way.
This field trip was part of our Digital Ambassador program, and I was accompanied by Amandeep, a new CNC student. If you would like to join the Digital Ambassador program and get a heads-up on trips like this, subscribe to the Digital Ambassador newsletter here.
See a Google Map of Prince George area snowshoeing locations.
St Patrick’s Day 2018
St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and Prince George is ready to celebrate! Keep reading to learn about the 14 we’re most excited for, including a unique “brew-ski” at Caledonia Nordic Centre!
1. Brew-Ski: Caledonia Nordic and CrossRoads Brewing are hosting a “poker run” style Brew-Ski! Ski to five locations for beer tasters and a playing card in an effort to get the best poker hand and win the grand prize!
2. Kiss Me, I’m Irish – St Patrick’s Day Party with Rick Stavely: Dance the night away at Fore Bistro with live music from Rick Stavely and a variety of drink specials. Tickets are just $10.
3. Paddy’s Day: The Black Clover is ready to show off their Irish roots and welcomes everyone to join them. Get swag, win prizes, and enjoy live music from Dustin Keillor.
4. Shamrock Shaker 2018: Party in the Roll-A-Dome for an epic night of shenanigans, beer, and awesome music from DJ Darkness and Joe Latino.
5. Shamrock Shaker at Lambda Cabaret: Celebrate St Patty’s Day with Lambda Cabaret and enjoy some of the cheapest drinks in town and food available past midnight. Admission just $10 at the door.
6. St Patrick’s Day at Alibis: Party all night long (or at least from 7pm until 3am) at Alibis. They’re going green and you’re invited to join them!
7. St Patrick’s Day at Don Cherry’s: Join the party at Don Cherry’s! Enjoy Irish tunes, green beer, and good times all day long.
8. St Patrick’s Day at Nelly’s Pub: Everyone’s Irish on St Patrick’s Day and Nelly’s Pub invites you to join them. They’ll have green beer, Irish shots, Irish cocktails, and live music from Killbillies and DJ Dave. No cover.
9.St Patrick’s Day at The Westwood Pub: The Westwood Pub knows how to party and St Patrick’s Day is no different! They’ll be pouring green beer all day, featuring great food and drink specials, and giving away swag and prizes.
10. St Patrick’s Day Celebrations: The dance floor at Heartbreakers will be packed with Audio Union playing live all night long. There will be door prizes, costume prizes, and drink specials. Get your tickets at Alfredo’s Liquor Store.
11. St Patrick’s Day at Copper Pig BBQ: Come to the Copper Pig for a fun night filled with Irish inspired food, drink, and music. Live music will be performed by the Royal Canadian Legion Pipe Band and The Statistics. No tickets. No cover. Just a great night of food and friends.
12. St Patrick’s Party at Sonar: Sonar will be serving up green beer, cheap drink specials, and delicious food. Dance to music from two different DJs on separate floors. Come dressed in your best green costume for your chance to win a prize. Tickets are $10 at the door.
13. St Patrick's Day at CrossRoads Brewing: Celebrate CrossRoads' first anniversary and St Patrick's Day all at once! Their enclosed heated patio will be open, live music starts at 3pm, new beers will be on tap, and there will be special St Patrick's Day Casks.
14. St Patrick's Day at Nancy O's: There will be plenty of Guinness flowing at Nancy O's, complimented by a special Irish Food Menu, including Fish n' Chips. No cover.
Visit tourismpg.com/events/st-patty's-day to learn more details (like times) about all these events.
No matter what you get up to this St Patty's day weekend, we hope you have lots of fun and stay safe!
On the tail end of February, on the heels of huge snowfalls, I took two local photographers from our Digital Ambassador program and broke trail at Goodsir Nature Park. The park is a favourite of mine because it is serene and unique. It is a privately owned all Canadian botanical park with a few miles of walking trails, a cabin and campgrounds, and two museums: one of Jim Good's Canadian travels and plant samples, and one dedicated to his second passion, music. Park access is by donation, and now that Jim is retired it is open year-round.
As I mentioned earlier, two Digital Ambassador joined me for this trip: Camille from Pop Media and Amandeep, a new CNC student. If you would like to join the Digital Ambassador program and get a heads-up on trips like this, subscribe to the Digital Ambassador newsletter here.
See Camille's short video about Goodsir Nature Park.
See the latest from #goodsirnaturepark on Instagram.
See a Google Map of Prince George area snowshoeing locations.
For the People: Kym Gouchie and Northern Sky
Live at the PG Playhouse
With Special Guests Marcel Gagnon and Saltwater Hank
Kym Gouchie and Northern Sky will be performing at the Prince George Playhouse on March 16th, 2018. In coordination with Mad Loon Entertainment, 6ix Sigma Productions, and Russell A/V, this performance will be filmed and made into a live concert documentary film featuring 30-45 minutes of original music and exclusive interview content. Intended to be recorded in the same style as the legendary Live at Massey Hall series of recordings, this concert film will be a one of a kind project, not yet completed by any artist in Prince George.
Kym Gouchie’s band, Northern Sky, is comprised of Naomi Kavka, Danny Bell, Jeremy Pahl, Amy Blanding, and Corbin Spensley. This all-star lineup has been developing a sound with Kym that is both large and graceful. Five-part harmonies, strings, and thumping drums provide a beautiful soundscape behind Kym’s powerful voice and message.
The concert will also have the musical support of Juno-nominated recording artist Marcel Gagnon and esteemed local folk artist Saltwater Hank, rounding out the evening to include a full three sets of incredible music. A celebration of three local indigenous artists with nation-wide reach, this event is sure to bring the community together for an evening that won't soon be forgotten.
Location: The Prince George Playhouse
Date: March 16, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20.00 + tax/service fee through Central Interior Tickets either online at https://tickets.centralinteriortickets.com/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent207.html. Or In Person at Handsome Cabin Boy Tattoo (1616 20 Ave).
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and some celebrations are starting this weekend!
Keep reading to learn about four Valentine’s Day celebrations happening this weekend and three happening on Valentine’s Day.
Happening this weekend:
Happening on Valentine’s Day:
It’s the Family Day weekend in British Columbia. With all this excessive snow that has been dumping on Prince George we are stoked to have an extra day off to enjoy it! Keep reading to learn about five special events happening this weekend for Family Day.
We encourage you to partake in some fun community events this weekend and we’re grateful that many organizations are making it affordable to do these activities with your family!
Visit tourismpg.com/events to see what else is happening in Prince George!
We're planning and preparing for the 2018 official Prince George Visitor Guide and we want your business to be represented! Advertising opportunities are now available and provide great value for your business. There are a variety of ad sizes available, guaranteed to fit your needs and budget! Looking to save money while still being represented? Purchase a Directory Listing ($100 before October 20 and $115 after October 20) and receive a business directory and a map marker on our fold-out map.
This year we are increasing the Guide by 16 pages - this guarantees thorough content and the potential for better ad placement. We will be printing and distributing 40,000 copies starting in January to ensure year-round circulation.
Remember the 1990s advertising slogan from a certain credit card company that read "membership has its privileges?" I've been thinking about that lately, as it's the time of year that many non-profit societies and arts organizations are embarking on membership and subscription renewal campaigns.
Anecdotally, I'm hearing that fewer and fewer people seem willing to spend a bit of money each year to take out memberships in these organizations - organizations that provide much value to communities and to society.
We hear it is much the same for organizations that sell season subscriptions. Even our Cougars - lead by an outstanding organization working hard to create a winning team and entertaining game experiences - appear to be feeling the pinch.
Conversely, in this age of instantaneous gratification and the culture of recreational shopping, it seems that memberships in big box stores and retail reward programs are growing.
Please don't think I am not understanding of the lure of paying a big box store an annual fee to enter their premises in order to hand over more money for their products. I get it. You pay money to save money. But I do wonder if this is just lowering the bar, not just by the obvious consequences of having to pay an additional fee for services that we used to take for granted but also as a reflection of our priorities in life.
In reality, the privilege of being part of a civilized society is, and always has been, about the privilege of participation.
In Prince George alone, we have quite literally hundreds of non-profit, membership-based societies that provide programs and services that are imperative to the growth - and survival - of our society. These range from organizations that support health initiatives, to those that enhance the lives of the underprivileged, right through to the arts, sports and cultural groups that enhance the quality of life for all.
And then there are the organizations who package tickets or programs into subscriptions.
As a subscriber to your local orchestra or theatre company, you not only get a price value by purchasing your tickets in advance, but you are (perhaps unknowingly) helping that non-profit arts organization make ends meet by infusing much-needed cash-flow support for the organization to do its best work.
At the Community Arts Council, our annual membership dues range from being free for youth, to $30 for adult individuals, $60 for organizations and $75 for businesses. Benefits of membership include access to advertising programs, free workshops, networking events and opportunities for artists to exhibit and sell works throughout the year.
If I could make one wish, it would be to see everyone take out one membership in a local non-profit organization this year. Because at the end of the day, membership is about belonging to a community of like-minded individuals sharing in impactful and memorable activities and the increased self-worth from knowing that you truly made a difference.
To learn more about joining the Community Arts Council and other local arts organizations, you can visit our website at www.studio2880.com.
Volunteer PG is another great resource to learn more about non-profit organizations that offer memberships. Their website is www.volunteerpg.com.
And of course if you like to attend concerts and theatre, try to work a season subscription into your budget. You get the best prices, the seats of your choice, and the high esteem that comes with being a patron of the arts.
Executive Director of Prince George and District Community Arts Council
This article first appeared in the Prince George Citizen
Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations are just around the corner and we can’t wait to commemorate this special day!
Here is your go-to list of events happening in Prince George to celebrate:
8:00am – 6:00pm Celebrate 150 Northern Hardware Prince George Canoe Race: Competitors will race down the Nechako and Fraser Rivers in canoes to the finish line at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park. Cheer the paddlers on from either a bridge or riverside park, or wait for them at the finish line and join in the celebratory BBQ and live music.
10:00am – 4:00pm Dominion Day on the Homestead: Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday the old-fashioned way with Huble Homestead. Learn how pioneers in Canada, and this region, would have marked the first of July by browsing the Parades of Patriotism display, take part in pioneer games and races, contests, a special Canadian treasure hunt, crafts, enjoy live music, indulge in birthday cake and observe heritage demonstrations.
10:00am – 4:45pm Science Alliance BBQ: Science Camp leaders are cooking burgers on the BBQ and offering burgers, drinks, and popcorn in support of Science Alliance Summer Camps for kids. Funds raised will support the awesome science camp activities and field trips that are planned for the summer.
10:00am - 3:00pm Free Admission to Waterslides at Esther's Inn: Esther's Inn is offering free admission for local children to enjoy their waterslides. Take a break from the outdoor festivities and cool down inside (children must be under 12 years old). Call 250-562-4131 for more information.
11:00am – 6:00pm Canada Day in Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park: This is the city’s main celebration for Canada Day. Opening ceremonies begin at noon and include the serving of a 4’x8’ birthday cake. The mainstage will offer seven hours of non-stop performances, including a wide variety of culturally diverse entertainers. There will be vendors, ethnic food, crafts, and more available for the whole family to enjoy.
*Scroll to the bottom of the page for a complete schedule of activities at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park.
11:00am – 6:00pm Spike for Kids’ Sake – Beach Volleyball Tournament: Join Big Brothers Big Sisters in Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park for a beach volleyball tournament to support local children. Cheer on the teams as they compete to be the best volleyball team in Prince George.
1:00pm (approximate) CP140 Aircraft flies over Prince George: As part of the Canada Day celebrations, a Royal Canadian Air Force CP140 Aircraft will fly over Prince George. The 419 tactical squadron will start at the Prince George Airport and fly towards the Fraser River then travel upstream and past Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park.
*Please note the timing is approximate, you may want to arrive at the park early to ensure you don’t miss the plane.
3:00pm - late Special Canada 150 Menu at Kask: Explore Kask's $1.50 menu featuring mini cocktails, taster beers, and tacos.
7:00pm – 10:30pm Canada 150 Heatwave –The French Connection, Andino Suns, Delhi 2 Dublin: Enjoy free, live music in Canada Games Plaza as part of this free eight-day music festival presented by Coldsnap. (There will be two concerts daily in Canada Games Plaza, one during the lunch hour and one in the evening until July 8).
11:00pm Canfor Canada Day Fireworks: Fireworks will be set off from Connaught Hill. View them in Canada Games Plaza following the Heatwave concert or from downtown Prince George.
Transit: All day on July 1 transit users can ride the bus for $1 or a donation of a non-perishable food item to the Salvation Army. Bus routes will run on a Sunday schedule, with extended service on Route 46 until 4:30pm. Routes 15, 88, and 89 will have extended late-night service ending at midnight.
*Schedule of events at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park
11:00am: Prince George Community Band
12:00pm: Opening Ceremonies
12:20pm: Birch Bark Messenger Canoe Presentation
12:35pm: Les Colons Biens – French Dancers
12:45pm: Zahirah Middle Eastern Belly Dancers
1:00pm: Ivan Paquette – old time acoustic guitar
1:15pm: South Pacific Dance Group
1:30pm: Philippine Cultural Dance Group
1:45pm: Khast’an Drum Group
2:00pm: North Star Belly Dance
2:15pm: Yalenka Ukrainian Dancers
2:30pm: Pow Wow Dancers
2:45pm: Thai Fire Poi Spinning (Chong)
3:00pm: Bollywood Dream Dancers
3:15pm: Raqqaset al Qamar – Dancers of the Moon
3:30pm:Pow Wow Dancers
3:45pm: Mexican Link
4:00pm: Samantha Doyle
4:15pm: Granville Johnson – Drumming
4:30pm: Dance Your Hart Out
4:45pm: Thai Fire Poi Spinning (Chong)
5:00pm: Bollywood Dream Dancers
5:30pm: Judy Russell’s Enchainement Dance Centre preview of Anne of Green Gables
Vendors in Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park
Centre City Metis Society
Chinese Benevolent Association
Durga Mandir Hindu Charity
Greek Orthodox Community of PG
Northern BC Hindu Society
PG Chee Kong Tong Society
Yalenka Ukrainian Dancers Society
MHS Kid’s hot dog concession
BBBS Cookie Dough Mountains
Mapal Ice Cream and Donuts
Mountain Air Kettle Corn
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
The Gourmet Candyman
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