Do you have a desire for the uncharted? If so, set Prince George as your Basecamp this winter and embrace what the North has to offer. Glide through snow-covered forests on ski’s, skate in the great outdoors at our Outdoor Ice Oval, or try your luck ice fishing on one of our many lakes. When you’re ready to warm up grab some coco at a café and take in the local art scene. Whether you revel in the winter wonderland, appreciate the arts, or are a connoisseur of seasonal delights, Prince George promises a wealth of winter charms waiting to be uncovered.
Cross Country Skiing: With a network of trails through snow-covered forests and views of Nechako River Valley, Caledonia Nordic Ski Club is a true winter wonderland. Known as Otway to locals, the over 55 km of fresh trails is only 10 minutes away from almost anywhere in the city. With no vistas of civilization, you truly get to step away and immerse yourself in the outdoor adventure.
Snow Shoeing: Escape to the winter wonderland of Prince George, where snowshoeing transforms the landscape into a serene playground of pristine powder. Check out trails like Forest for the World, Tabor Lake Recreation Trails, and many more. Unleash your adventurous spirit amidst the breathtaking scenery, as snowshoeing in Prince George promises not only a unique outdoor experience but also a rejuvenating retreat into the heart of nature.
Outdoor Skating: If you prefer skates over skis, Prince George has you covered. The Prince George Outdoor Oval is a local family favorite. Ice levels permitting, there are many lakes within the Prince George area that are excellent for skating. Shane Lake, West Lake, Tabour Lake and Ness Lake are local favorites that let you see the beauty of our Northern lakes from a new perspective. Be sure to check local temperatures and ice thickness when skating on lakes, and keep ice safety in mind.
Ice Fishing: The lakes freezing over doesn’t stop our excellent fishing! Bundle up, pick up a rod from Tourism PG, and enjoy the peace that only a quiet winter lake can give. Make sure you have proper gear and have brushed up on your ice safety, and try your luck at lakes like Eena, Verdant, or Shane. Forget a key piece of gear at home, or have questions before you put a hook in the water? Ask the experts at Corlane Sporting Goods!
After a day of playing hard, returning to Prince George is a welcome reprieve from your journeys, where the city’s warm embrace becomes your sanctuary for rest and rejuvenation. Check out some of our recommendations!
Take In Local Art: Experience what kind of art gets inspired by the landscape of Northern BC. Two Rivers Gallery showcases contemporary art exhibitions from local, regional, and national artists. The gallery hosts various art-related events, workshops, and educational programs, making it a hub for artistic expression and creativity. Or stop by our community arts center that is dedicated to supporting and promoting local artists in Prince George. Studio 2880 features an art gallery showcasing diverse artwork, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and more.
Cozy Up at a Café: Looking for some local flavour to warm up? For a truly Prince George experience grab a bannock doughnut and coffee downtown at the House of Ancestors Cafe. The café features a full barista station and a wide array of Indigenous inspired baked goods made in-house daily. Looking for something to take with you on your outdoor adventures? They also have grab-and-go lunches! Make a quick stop to nearby Books & Company and pick up a book by a local author for the perfect ‘cozy coffee and a book’ experience.
Take In A Show: Looking to keep your adventure going long past sunset? Prince George is a hub of live music. Coldsnap happens every February, local brewery Trench and restaurant Nancy O’s often have live bands, letting you enjoy dinner and a show. Or check out a show at the local Legion put on by Madloon Entertainment. Not sure what might be happening in town when you arrive? Check out our Events Page!