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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
National Aboriginal Day is Wednesday, June 21. Join us in Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park as we celebrate the culture of the First Nations and Metis people. On June 21 you can also mark the opening of a new permanent Lheidli T'enneh exhibit in The Exploration Place, a museum also located in Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park. See the image below for a complete stage schedule.
Father's Day is quickly approaching and it's a great time to show your dad how much you appreciate him, below are a few unique ideas that you can only do in Prince George:
1. Visit the 43rd Annual Show n’ Shine in Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park from 10am – 4pm. This signature features hundreds of vehicles of all kinds, including classics, hot rods, motorcycles, exotic cars, and even occasional big trucks. This is the largest collection of exhibition-grade vehicles in Prince George. Last year’s event had the largest display ever, with 389 vehicles showcased on the lawn. There will also be music, vendors, demonstrations, information booths, and more.
2. Treat your dad to delicious food:
Fore Bistro & Patio is having a special brunch featuring a delicious menu, including fresh smoked brisket, maple smoked bacon, crepes with flambéed fruit, beef ribs, Cajun chicken and more! Seating times are 10am and 11:30am. There will also be a putting challenge and every Hole In One or child will win a prize.
Call for reservations (250-596-5400).
Visit Northern Lights Estate Winery for a Father’s Day picnic! They are offering complimentary wine tasting for Dad and lawn games. Frozen Paddle Ice Cream and Picnic Packages are available for purchase (or bring your own food and enjoy their wine).
3. Go fishing: Visit your favourite fishing spot together, or borrow our rods and tackle and visit a new place. Make a splash when you give him a gift by signing him up for a fly-fishing experience with Northern Outback Adventures. They offer everything from a heli-fishing adventure, to a day of trout fishing in the Prince George area (lunch included), or a casting lesson on either a single hand or spey casting on a double hand rod. Call 250-640-7699 for more information.
Photo Credit: Northern Outback Adventures
Camping season is nearly upon us and we are eager to spend days and nights outside with family and friends in the wilderness that surrounds Prince George. Below are five camping tips that we encourage all travellers to keep in mind. Read to the end to learn about three of our favourite campfire foods!
1. Plan ahead: We strongly recommend making campsite reservations whenever you'll be arriving at a new campground on a weekend. Most locals take advantage of the weekend and set up camp Friday afternoon and come home Sunday afternoon. If you're travelling during the weekend, call ahead or visit Discover Camping to make reservations at Provincial Parks. If you can't make reservations, try to arrive at your campground of choice in the early afternoon on a weekend to better your chances of getting a spot.
2. Check DriveBC.ca: DriveBC.ca is a website maintained by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure. Their interactive web map will tell you about accidents, road closures, road conditions (especially important for winter travel) and construction. Even if delays are unavoidable, it's best to be aware of them.
3. Prepare for weather: Summer days in the Prince George area average around 22°C (72°F), but evening and morning can be quite cool. Pack an extra sweatshirt or jacket for those early morning walks or evenings around the campfire.
4. Set up camp: Set up your camp with your tent/trailer a safe distance away from where your fire will be. BC Parks recommends a minimum of 15 feet (4.5m) between the fire and any tent walls, hanging branches or surrounding bush. If you are tenting, make sure you store any food or fragrant items (toothpaste, deodorant, etc) in your vehicle, a bear cache, or bear hang.
5. Pack delicious food: For a leisurely camping trip, meals around the campfire can be the highlight of the day. We have three things we love cooking over the fire: bacon, bannock, and tinfoil dinner. Gather your friends or family around the campfire in the morning, and cook bacon in a cast iron pan. As it finishes, drain excess grease, put it on a plate, and pass it around the fire. It may take a while, but it is an incredible way to wake up and spend the morning outside.
Bannock is a basic dough that can be baked, fried, or roasted over the fire. We prefer our recipe to include flour, baking powder, milk and vegetable oil. Bannock can be prepared a few days in advance and refrigerated until you need it. To cook, wrap it around a thick stick and roast over the fire, hot dog-style. You’ll know it’s done when the outside is golden brown and you can easily pull it off the stick. We recommend slathering the inside with butter and cinnamon sugar, jam, or hotdog fixings (with a cooked hotdog put inside). If you don’t feel like making bannock from scratch, you can buy pre-made biscuit or bread dough.
Tinfoil dinner is the casserole of campfire cooking. Each person takes diced potatoes, ground beef, frozen or raw vegetables, seasonings and type of sauce or liquid (ketchup, worcestershire sauce, or beef broth) and mixes it all together into a sheet of tinfoil. Carefully fold the tinfoil into a roll and add a second layer of tinfoil to prevent burning. We recommend putting in more liquid then you think you need so that your food steams and doesn’t burn. Put the tinfoil packages near the coals of the fire to let it cook. After 10 minutes or so, carefully flip your package over using sticks or long tongs (be careful not to puncture the tinfoil), and let it cook for another 10ish minutes.
If you have any other questions about camping in northern British Columbia, feel free to contact the Prince George Visitor Centre (250-562-3700 or email email@example.com). Or visit the BC Parks website to learn more about all of BC's provincial parks: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/.
Many people tell us that their favourite thing about living in Prince George is the easy and fast access to parks, trails, and outdoor recreation activities. To help people explore more of the parks in the Prince George area, we thought we would highlight three regional parks.
Kristian Winther Regional Park This 70 acre park is located on the southern shores of Salmon River (30km north of PG). Travel through a portion of the park on a 700m loop trail. Bring food for a picnic or marshmallows to roast over the fire. The park has a 2 acre lawn that is great for kicking a soccer ball around or playing catch. There are picnic tables, fire pits and toilets to make your stay enjoyable.
McMillan Creek Regional Park Located off Hofferkamp Road within city limits, this park provides visitors with a scenic view of Prince George from the cutbanks. To reach the viewpoint from the parking lot walk either along the direct 1km trail or take the scenic 2.5km trail weaving through a variety of plant species. This is a great place to take out-of-town guests to give them an over-view of the city. This park has interpretive signs, picnic tables and toilets.
Wilkins Regional Park Drive along Otway Road for a while and you will reach Wilkins Park on the shores of the Nechako River. This 57 hectare park has a handful of trails that weave between cottonwood trees and beside the river. This park has a stretch of lawn beside the river and a boat launch. Other facilities include a picnic shelter, wood stove, toilets, picnic tables, and firepits.
To learn more about parks in the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, visit their website at rdffg.bc.ca/services/environment/regional-parks.
Cover photo credit: Kelly Bergman
We're happy that St Patty's Day is on a Friday this year, so we an truly get into the festive spirit!
Here are five restaurants/pubs that are doing something special to honour St. Patrick:
Thirsty Moose Pub: This event is sponsored by Cariboo Brewing and organized by NUGSS and the UNBC Men's Soccer team, so you know it's going to be a phenomenal night! DJ Jimi Smyth will be spinning some great tunes to keep the party lively.
Tickets are $10 to start and will go up to $20 just before Friday, get your tickets at the UNBC Wintergarden, Thirsty Moose Pub and NUGSS office.
The Westwood Pub: Green beer, specials on Guinness and Jameson, fantastic food, mega SWAG prizes, giveaways (including a Guinness beer fridge), live DJ, dancing, and all the other shenanigans you would hope for on St Patty's Day.
Nancy O's: Looking for elevated Irish food with an incredible beer selection for St Patrick's Day? Look no further than Nancy O's, they'll be serving up Kilkenny Battered Fish n' Chips and Duck and Wild Boar Guinness Pot Pie, among other special features.
Copper Pig BBQ House: These folks are doing something a little different by hosting a St Patrick's Day Communal Lunch. Buy a ticket, pull up a seat at their Social Table and enjoy various platters, boards, and bowls of local lamb stew, in-house cured corned beef and local beef ribs. This will also be your opportunity to taste a special casking of CrossRoad's Willamette Stout! Tickets are $18 each, buy yours fast because there are only 16 seats at the Social Table!
Fore Bistro & Patio: Do you have the luck of the Irish? Head over to Fore Bistro for your chance to win a staycation valued at $500. The staycation includes one night in the Jr Suite at Prestige Treasure Cove Hotel, $50 free play for the casino, 2 tickets to a comedy show at the Treasure Cove and a $50 GC to Fore. You can also buy 50/50 tickets with proceeds going to the BCSPCA. Rick Stavely will be performing live and 2Crazi will be handing out giveaways throughout the night. $5 cover.
Still wondering how you’re going to keep your kids active during Spring Break? We’ve rounded up five special events happening in Prince George that are guaranteed to keep your children active and entertained while learning in a fun environment!
Spring Break Kids Camp at Otway (March 13-17): Your child (ages 6-12) can spend time outside snowshoeing, cross country skiing, learning about nature, playing games and more at Otway. Half Day Camps (9:30am-12:00pm) are $20 (plus rentals and trail passes) and Full Day Camps (9:30am–3:30pm) are $40 (plus rentals and trail passes). Call or email Otway to register (250-564-3809 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Spring Break at the Pool (March 11-26): Dive into the world of water while playing fun games at the Prince George Aquatic Centre and Four Seasons Leisure Pool. Games run daily from 1:30pm-4:00pm.
Spring Break Creativity Camps at Two Rivers Gallery (March 13-17, 20-24): Create with the Masters (March 13-17) and spend the week learning about artists and their masterpieces. Also spend time creating your own inspired works of art! The second week will have participants drawing, painting, sculpting and more as they play and experiment with colour in Colour Play (March 20-24).
Both camps are aimed at children in grades 1-7 and run from 9am-4:30pm. Register online at TwoRiversGallery.ca. Cost: $194.
Spring Break with Camp Kanannaq (March 15, 17, 20): Spend the day outside with your favourite Camp Kanannaq staff hiking, building a fire, roasting s’mores and much more. Activities will include a hike to Raven Lake (March 15, ages 13-15), exploring Forests for the World (March 17, ages 7-12), and a trip to the Ancient Forest (March 20, ages 7-12). Cost is $40. Learn more by calling 250-562-9341 or visit nbcy.org.
Spring Break Cultural Crafts at Prince George Native Friendship Centre (March 24): Join the Prince George Native Friendship Centre for free cultural crafts for the entire family between 10am-2pm. No registration required, call 250-564-3568.
Recently the Continuing Studies department at the University of Northern British Columbia held a contest and gave away a free seat in their Outdoor Adventure Writing and Blogging Workshop, which was held in February. Participants in the contest submitted a photo and a short (100 word) paragraph to describe an outdoor recreational experience.
Below is Jennifer Côté's winning submission which she has expanded to provide a better overview of her mushroom picking experience.
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“Look up”. “Don’t forget to look up once and awhile” I mutter to myself. I am foraging for puffball mushrooms. The forest floor around Prince George offers so many potential goodies. Problem is, while looking down so much, you don’t see what is front of you; possible bears, branches, etc. As I bust my way through the underbrush I come to a painful halt. A thorn from the hawthorn bush jammed itself into my forehead just above my eye. Wow, I’m lucky that it’s my forehead and not my eye. My glasses saved that one inch thorn from impaling my right eye. I hardly ever wear my glasses. I’m so happy I did today. I rather like my gift of sight. Close call! Ouch! I curse and mutter again...”look up will ya!” It’s merely a flesh wound and I continue on looking down at the forest floor.
A few steps ahead, I see what I came here for: Pear Shaped Puffballs. They are all jutting out of an old rotting birch log. I kneel down and examine them; they are firm and white on the inside. Perfect! As I collect them off the log, I remember to look up and examine my surroundings. No bears. Good. However, I do see something else a few meters in front of me. My mind whispers to me “Could it be?” I crawl over to the large mushroom and take a closer look. The cap is reddish brown and measures around seven inches in diameter. The stem is thick and club shaped. I pick the cap off its stem and look at the underside. There are no gills; rather, small white pores are present. I break the cap apart and see if the flesh ‘stains or bruises’. I observe none. This means that I have a Boletus Edulis Mushroom. In layman's terms, a Porcini mushroom or the King Bolete. These are extremely meaty mushrooms as the flesh is thick and dense.
I call my friend over, another avid forager, and show her my find. We scout around and find the area is abundant with the King Boletes. As I start to pick, I notice some of these mushrooms are soft and the pores underneath and starting to turn a yellowish-green. I break a few of the caps open and I get my confirmation, there are maggots infesting these King Boletes. Now if you are a mushroom hunter, you know you will have competition with the maggots that feast on these and other edible mushrooms. I will simply cut the infested parts out and keep the unblemished flesh.
My friend and I gather 20 pounds worth of these mushrooms and go home with our bounty. We are going to eat like Kings tonight! As we start to cut them up we notice that they are too heavily infested. The disappointment sets in; we only have a mere handful of untainted mushrooms out of the baskets we so heavily loaded.
I set the maggot infested mushrooms aside in a bucket. Tomorrow, I will take it the forest and spread them back along the forest floor. The spores of the mushrooms will spread and make more for next mushroom season. Next year, I will come earlier in the season (the mushrooms shouldn’t be so profoundly bug-ridden) and I will bring more bags, buckets and baskets.
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Thanks for reading Jennifer's submission and thanks to UNBC Continuing Studies for hosting this contest and providing a local resident with the opportunity to learn more about travel writing and blogging! Find UNBC Continuing Studies on the web, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to learn about all the incredible trips and courses they offer throughout the year.
Family Day 2017 is quickly approaching so we thought we'd put together a list of five special events that are being held throughout the City of Prince George!
Family Day at the Northern Sport Centre
10:00am - 4:00pm
Celebrate Family Day with the Northern Sport Centre with free activities and special guests including the Spruce Kings (2-3pm), our mascot, Fraser the Moose, Super Dog from the SPCA, A&W Root Bear, Chance from the PG Humane Society and Kingston from the Spruce Kings. Activities include: indoor playground (10am-3pm), pickleball (10am-4pm), basketball (10am-4pm), fencing (10am-11am), badminton (10am-1pm), Family Tae Kwon Do (12pm-1:30pm), rugby and wheelchair sports (1pm-3pm), and family yoga (3pm-4pm).
As an added bonus, parking at the NSC lot will be free on Family Day!
Learn more here.
Family Day at Ness Lake Bible Camp
9:00am - 4:30pm
Located on the shores of frozen Ness Lake, explore the camp's property with the whole family for no cost! Tackle the climbing wall, let loose inside the heated gym, play board games, shoot a game of pool, slide down the sledding hill and go ice skating (weather dependent). Enjoy a hot lunch and snack to replenish your energy for all the activities!
This event is free, but the organizers would appreciate an RSVP so they can adequately plan. If you don't RSVP, that's okay, feel free to show up anyways!
Learn more here.
Paint the Ice after a Prince George Cougars Game
The Prince George Cougars are hosting a special feature game on Family Day. The game starts at 2:00pm and after the game fans will have the unique opportunity to paint (decorate) the ice! The next day the Cougars and Chiefs will place on the freshly decorated ice.
While you're at the game, you can buy your tickets for the February 14th game for 50% off!
Learn more here.
Family Day at Otway
10:30am - 3:00pm
Otway is celebrating Family Day with a hot dog lunch (by donation), hot chocolate and marshmallows! They will also be leading a Family Snowshoe Nature Tour and Relay Games for $10 per family (rentals and trail pass not included).
Rentals, lessons, and family trail passes will all be half price! (Call to register for lessons before noon on Sunday, February 12).
Call 250-564-3809 to register for ski lessons and snowshoe games.
Learn more here.
Family Ice Fishing Event
11:00am - 3:00pm
Join the Spruce City Wildlife Association for a free family ice fishing event at Ferguson Lake! Limited rods and tackle will be available for participants (or borrow ice fishing equipment for free from Tourism Prince George - just pick it up before we close at 4:30pm on Friday!).
Please note, anyone over the age of 16 must carry a BC Freshwater Fishing License, available online or from the fishing counter at Northern Hardware.
Learn more here.
We're going to be out and about enjoying all the fantastic family fun and we hope you will participate in these community events!
Recently the University of Northern British Columbia Continuing Studies held a contest and gave away a free seat in their upcoming Outdoor Adventure Writing and Blogging Workshop, being held on February 4.. Participants in the contest submitted a photo and a short (100 word) paragraph describing their outing.
We are thrilled to be sharing the top three submissions here on our blog; below is Kaila Walton's blog entry.
It was a warm spring afternoon when I decided to hike to the summit of Teapot Mountain to photograph the sunset. The mosquitoes were swarming around us, while at the same time the hike was killing my legs due the steep climb. The entire way up I kept telling myself that this hike better be worth it. I was amazed by the stunning views when I arrived at the summit. I watched the sun descend in the sky and then scrambled down the very steep hill in the dark. Teapot mountain is one hike that is worth the effort.
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Thanks to UNBC Continuing Studies for creating this contest and inviting us to join in! We look forward to sharing the other two submissions in the near future.
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