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Take on PG in 2024: 24 Things to Try in Prince George

Things to Do

2024 is the year for you to step out of your comfort zone and try new and exciting adventures in Prince George! From exploring frozen lakes and trails to snow covered peaks and back down into the city, this guide is sure to have an activity for the soloists, families and groups of friends to try.Try and tackle them all over the next 52 weeks and tag any uploads with #takeonpg

Ice Fishing with Reel North
Kick off your winter adventure with an ice fishing trip with Jerry from Reel North Adventure.  Bundle up, drill a hole in the ice, and try your luck at catching some northern treasures such as Rainbow trout, Brook Trout, Kokanee, Lake Trout (Char) and Burbot beneath the frozen surface. Each package includes: thermal insulated ice tents with heaters, transportation to/from PG for group sizes of 3 or less, and a licensed professional fishing guide.

Aberdeen Helicopter
For a breathtaking view of what the north has to offer, take flight with Aberdeen Helicopters, who have been servicing PG for 20 years, and use a turbine-powered Bell 206 B Jet Ranger and Airbus Helicopters AS350 B2 helicopters. Explore above snow-covered landscapes and take in the beauty of the north from a perspective like no other.

Fat biking
Check out Pidherny, Caledonia Nordic Ski Club, University Trails, and Tabor Mountain Recreation Trails, which offer plenty of trails to explore. If you’re tired of the same old routine and seeking a new outdoor adventure, fat biking might just be the exhilarating activity you’ve been looking to try. Photo Credit: Bill Campbell

Exploring at Chun T’oh Whudujut (Ancient Forest Provincial Park)
Located 113km East of Prince George, Chun T’oh Whudujut is a place that can be explored over and over again. During the winter months, strap on your snowshoes and wander through the serene, snow-capped trees that provide the scenery for a peaceful winter exploration.

Ice Skating
During the colder winter months, head to the outdoor oval that is run by the Outdoor Ice Oval Society of Prince George. If you want to try something new, you can rent speed skates from them, if that’s not for you, make sure to bring your own skates! If being outside in the crisp winter air isn’t your thing, head to one of the local arenas and join in on a public skate.

    Canfor Leisure Pool
    The Canfor Leisure Pool offers a water elevator to help visitors in and out of the pool, a “NinjaCross” pool obstacle course, a large water slide, a leisure pool with play features, a hot tub, a sauna, a steam room and more. This family-friendly fun activity is a great way to spend quality time together and compete in some friendly competition. 

    Northern Light Winery
    Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, Northern Lights Estate Winery is always a sight to see. Indulge in the flavours of the north at Northern Lights Winery. Sample local wines in a cozy setting, appreciating the craftsmanship that goes into each bottle. The winery’s bistro offers delectable dishes that are sure to leave your mouth watering. Check out their website for events for new ways to explore the Northern Lights Estate Winery. 

    Conquer the Heights at OVERhang
    Indoor rock climbing at OVERhang is not just a sport, it’s a dynamic and empowering experience that challenges both body and mind. Take the leap, scale new heights, and discover the joy of conquering vertical challenges in a safe and exciting setting.

    BC Ale Trail
    Choose a day to do a brewery crawl, visiting local breweries such as Deadfall Brewing Company, Trench Brewing & Distilling, and Crossroads Brewing & Distillery. Explore a variety of craft beers with their own twists in laid-back environments, making these breweries a perfect post-adventure stop. 

    Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
    PG has an abundance of options for those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth. Among the many establishments offering tempting desserts are local places such as Oakroom Grill, Daydream Donuts, Frozen Paddle and House of Ancestors Café, to name just a few. PG’s dessert scene provides a wide variety of mouthwatering options, making it easy to experience a sweet treat whenever the mood strikes. 

    Shop ’til You Drop 
    With shops located across the city, there are no shortages of places to shop ‘til you drop! Check out local businesses in the Hart Shopping Mall, Pine Centre Mall, and the Spruceland Mall. Don’t forget to explore Downtown Prince George.  

    Around the world in 10+ Restaurants
    Take yourself and your taste buds on a journey and head out to try a variety of cuisines such as Japanese at Yamamoto or Ramen Ya Sendo, Indian food at Madras Maple Cafe, Dana Mandi, or Spice of Life, Vietnamese at Ivy’s Family Kitchen or Thanh Vu, Chinese food at Good Chef or dive into a fusion of east asian cuisine at Zen Noodle House. Head to Mulino Kitchen if you want to feel like you’re on vacation in Italy. All of these restaurants offer the perfect atmosphere to relax with friends or loved ones. If you feel like being creative in the kitchen, head to Marquee International Food and Gifts to pick up all the ingredients you need to have a culinary experience at home!

    End Your Weekend Right with Brunch
    End your weekend with a tasty brunch at one of the many restaurants in Prince George. Looking for some recommendations? We’ve got you covered

    Feel the Hometown Spirit
    Dive headfirst into the electrifying realm of sports, where the pulse-pounding action waits for you. Whether it’s the thundering ice clashes of the Cougars or Spruce Kings hockey, the excitement of the UNBC Timberwolves basketball or soccer showdown, or the on-field battles of the Kodiaks football team, there’s something for every sports enthusiast.

    Sleigh Ride at Crazy M Ranch
    Experience the magic of winter with a picturesque sleigh ride at Crazy M Ranch. Snuggle under a warm blanket and let the horses guide you through a snowy landscape. After your ride, warm up in an on-site cabin called “ The Sleigh Shed,” where you can enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies. Prefer to stay outside? Head over to the bonfire to keep warm, and make sure to bring your own marshmallows and wieners to roast!

    Local Shopping Extravaganza
    Embark on a local shopping spree at one of the antique stores: A Butlers Market, Other People’s Treasures and Savage Love Retro & Antiques. Looking for newer items from local vendors? Check out Open Door Café, Jerky Factory, Ave Maria Specialties and Angelique’s Native Arts

    Winterfest, Cold snap, and More
    Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the north by attending one of PG’s many festivals that are put on by Downtown Prince George, such as Winterfest, Fallfest, and Summerfest. If you love music, then Coldsnap in February and Cariboo Rocks the North in August are a must! Studio 2880 puts on the BC Gourmet Arts Festival in the summer and Studio Fair in November.  From live music to craft fairs, these events capture the spirit of any season.

    Visit Local Cafés
    Visit the charming local cafés scattered throughout PG such as Zoe’s Java House, Ristretto Coffee House, Ritual Coffeeworks, Open Door Cafe, House of Ancestors Cafe, and Caits Sweet Bites and Beanery . These cafes, each with its own unique charm, offer a warm and inviting break from the busy and loud world outside.

    Northern Swing: Indoor Golf
    Escape the winter chill with a round of indoor golf at Northern Swing, where they have 3 state of the art TrackMan4 Golf Simulators. Bring your golfing buddies or fly solo to refine your swings, fine-tune your skills, and immerse yourself in an unforgettable golfing experience that knows no seasonal bounds. Photo Credit: Tyler Macsemniuk

    Strike Zone Bowling and Mini Golf Centre
    Strike Zone Bowling and Mini Golf Centre is loaded with opportunities for some friendly competition. Try your hand at mini golf, or challenge someone to a game of bowling. The centre offers a variety of delicious snacks and refreshments to keep everyone fueled and refreshed. 

    Game Changerz VR
    At Game Changerz VR your gaming dreams come to life through a mesmerizing fusion of cutting-edge technology and an extensive library of exhilarating games. Every corner of Game Changerz VR is designed to provide you with an unforgettable gaming experience. Whether you’re challenging your friends to a high-stakes battle or joining forces to conquer a shared quest, the center provides a social experience like no other.

    Explore Local Trails With Hit the Trails
    Lace up your hiking boots, grab your bike, or slip on your running shoes because Hit the Trails is your passport to a world of natural wonders. With each trail you conquer, you gain points that you can redeem for prizes. The thrill of embarking on these trails is not just about conquering distance; it’s about immersing yourself in the natural beauty. ‘Hit the Trails’ is a fusion of fitness, fun, and exploration. Come journey through the seasons, and let the trails unfold before you like an epic story of discovery!

    Bites, Flights and Sights
    While you immerse yourself in our city, why not seize the opportunity to earn fantastic prizes? Enroll in the exciting Bites, Flights, and Sights and embark on a journey through captivating locations. As you explore, you’ll be collecting points, and with each location visit, you’ll be closer to unlocking rewards. Picture yourself sipping a perfectly brewed coffee from your brand-new coffee box, indulging in a local gift box filled with handpicked treasures, or perhaps even being the lucky recipient of our grand prize! The possibilities are endless, and the thrill of the hunt is part of the excitement. It’s time to explore, experience, and elevate your urban exploration game!

    BC Bird Trail
    Download the app and start exploring! This trail allows users to explore lush forests, serene wetlands, and peaceful lakeshores. Birdwatching enthusiasts will love the opportunity to spot a diverse range of avian species in their natural habitats. The app allows experienced birders and those new to the hobby to keep track of where they have been, collect points and badges.  With The BC Bird Trail now being in Prince George, it offers community members and visitors an immersive and educational experience that allows users to connect with the city’s natural beauty and observe its vibrant birdlife.

    No matter the season, the northern region offers plenty of activities for all to enjoy. From thrilling outdoor adventures to culinary delights, shopping excursions, and cultural explorations, Prince George promises unforgettable experiences year-round. Whether you’re bundling up to embrace the winter with your loved ones, sniffing the spring flowers, savouring the warmth of summer, or taking in the fall colours, there’s always a chance for moments of joy and discovery in Prince George. Don’t miss out!