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Snow-tipped mountains and frosty windows have taken over Prince George and as we await the inevitable snow to fall and our favourite winter activities to begin - we’ve put together a great list of events to help you enjoy the month of November.
It’s Craft Fair Month!
November is full-on craft fair and shopping season and if you’re wanting to get your hands on some great locally made products and goodies, check out our list below.
- The Great Christmas Craft Market, Nov 9 - 10
- Eastline Market Winter Craft Fair, Nov 9 - 10
- Roll A Dome Kids Market, Nov 9
- Elks Hall, Nov 8 - 10 & Nov 16
- DP Todd Craft Fair, Nov 9 - 10
- Columbus Community Fall Fair, Nov 16
- Immaculate Conception School Craft Fair, Nov 16
- Miworth Artisan Craft Fair, Nov 16
- Duchess Park, Nov 23 - 24
- Two Rivers Art Gallery Artisan Faire, Nov 30
- Kelly Road Craft Fair, Nov 30 - Dec 1
- Blackburn Craft Fair, Dec 7 - 8
- Trench Brewing Artisan Craft Fair: A Sip & Shop Event, Dec 8
- Winterfest (Civic Centre), Dec 14 - 15
- Holiday Small Business Fair (Roll A Dome), Dec 14 & 15
Test Your Climbing Abilities At Crush Fest 2019
Take your passion for climbing to new heights! This new bouldering competition will feature a thrilling scramble format to test your skills and strength. With a variety of registration categories and courses for all ages and skill levels, anyone can give it a go!
Date: Saturday, November 30
Location: OVERhang Climbing Gym
Visit The Ever Popular Festival of Trees and Support Spirit of The North
The Festival of Trees is a cherished community attraction that has become a cornerstone event for the holiday season each and every year. Enjoy taking your loved ones for a stroll amongst the beautifully decorated trees or attend one of the many fundraising events from High Tea Luncheons, a Teddy Bear Breakfast and the ever-popular, Dance & Dine Among The Pine.
Date: November 22 - December 1
Location: Prince George Civic Centre
Enjoy A Musical Sensation With Johnny Cash
Five actors, ten instruments, and over 30 songs played live that tells the amazing true-life story of Johnny Cash through song. This Broadway musical includes hits like Jackson, Walk the Line, I’ve Been Everywhere, Man in Black, A Boy Named Sue, Thing Called Love and of course Ring of Fire!
Date: Thursday, November 28 - December 18
Location: Theatre North West
Kick Off The Holiday Season At The Civic Light Up
Kick start the holiday season in style! Featuring free live entertainment, dancing, hot cocoa, crafts, hayrides, fireworks and the official lighting of the Canadian Tire Tree of Lights. Plus, a special visit from a very jolly fellow!
Date: Sunday, November 24 | 4pm - 6pm
Location: Downtown Prince George
Enjoy A Fun Alternative to Black Friday!
Skip the Black Friday madness, and shop and dine at all of the amazing local downtown stores and restaurants during the Plaid Friday celebrations. Shops will be staying open late, HubSpace will be brought to life with family crafts and entertainment while carolers will stroll the streets bringing festive cheers among the bustling shoppers.
Date: Friday, November 29
Location: Downtown Prince George
The fall chill is definitely in the air but luckily, there are plenty of events happening in October to keep you busy and warm. Here’s our monthly event wrap up we put together in partnership with Tourism Prince George to give you some ideas for how to enjoy October.
Find some treasures at the city’s biggest garage sale
Calling all treasure hunters and deal lovers: the Junk in the Trunk garage sale is back! People eager to clear out their homes before winter will be crowding into the CN Centre parking lot on Saturday, October 5th. Make sure to get there when the sale starts at 9:00 am as the bargains being offered by up to 125 vendors won’t last long.
Date: October 5, 2019
Location: CN Centre parking lot
TEDxUNBC 2019: Past the Future
A mix of entrepreneurs, scientists, educators, and a performing artist are on the roster for the next TEDxUNBC. The 10 speakers will discuss the 2019 theme of Past the Future. Make sure to grab a ticket before they sell out, as this event is always popular.
Date: October 5, 2019
Location: University of Northern British Columbia
Aaron Pritchett – “Out on the Town” tour
As he prepares to release his 8th studio album, Canadian country music star Aaron Pritchett is bringing his “Out on the Town” tour to Prince George. He just released his single “Better When I Do”, which has hit the top of the Canadian country radio charts. If you’re a fan, grab your ticket from Heartbreakers.
Date: October 5, 2019
Dracula: The Bloody Truth
Theatre NorthWest is offering a special presentation of Dracula: The Bloody Truth just in time for Halloween. This comedy is hysterical and thrilling but only suitable for ages 14 and older.
Date: October 24, 2019
Location: Theatre NorthWest
2019 Artisans of the North Fair
The Artisans of the North Fair offers one-of-a-kind, quality, handcrafted gifts created by over 90 of the region’s artisans that are sure to please everyone on your gift-giving list. Parking and admission to the Fair are free!
Date: October 26 and 27, 2019
Location: University of Northern BC
Spooktacular Halloween events
Looking for something fun to do for Halloween? Or maybe a few scares? There are plenty of Halloween celebrations happening at the end of October to get you in the Halloween spirit.
Halloween at the Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum: Bundle up and head to the Railway and Forestry Museum for Haunted Train Tours to The Final Stop. You have two chances to catch a haunted train tour and indulge in Bone-Dogs and Witches’ Brew: October 19th and 26th. Admission is free with a non-perishable food item donation to the St. Vincent de Paul’s food bank.
Halloween Spooktacular: A family favourite, Halloween Spooktacular returns to Huble Homestead on October 25th and 26th. This bone-chilling, hair-raising event offers a range of festive and spooky experiences for those who are faint of heart or very brave. Make sure to bring a flashlight, wear waterproof footwear, and dress warmly.
19+ Menagerie: Zombie Beach Party: The 9th incarnation of this annual fundraising event hosted by Two Rivers Gallery promises to be a spectacular evening of entertainment, food, fun, and games. There’s no need to dress up like a zombie but you do need to be 19+ to attend this October 26th event.
Creepy Crawly Halloween: Throw on your best costume and head to the Legion for A Creepy Crawly Halloween with Flying Machine, Children of the Wave, and The Brain Porter. Like many Halloween events, this one is happening on October 26th.
Pumpkin Walk: The Northern Lights Estate Winery is once again hosting a Pumpkin Walk. Head to the winery on October 27th to take a spooky walk down a path lined with carved pumpkins while haunting music plays in the background. Bring your carved pumpkin for a chance to win a prize and make sure to dress up.
For more events happening in October, make sure to follow the City of Prince George and Tourism Prince George event calendars. Watch for monthly event guides to be posted on the Move Up Prince George and Tourism Prince George blogs the first Wednesday of every month during 2019! Have an event you want us to share? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
The sun is a little sleepier, the air a bit crisper, and the leaves are full of colourful red and yellow hues. To help get in the spirit of cozy sweaters and pumpkin flavoured everything, we’ve rounded up some of the best seasonal to-do’s for you to enjoy this fall.
1. Get Comfy
Cozy up for a while by the big windows inside Café Voltaire and dig into your next read while sipping on one of the café’s delicious hot drinks or enjoying a fall-themed sweet treat. Need a suggestion? Word on the street is the seasonal pumpkin-spiced latte has returned for the rest of 2019.
2. Fall Festivities
On October 14, enjoy the fresh fall air at Huble Homestead during a good old pioneer Thanksgiving. Partake in the old-fashioned activity stations and see if you can create the scariest scarecrow or bob for apples. Wrap up the festivities by snuggling up by the warm bonfire with a hot mug of cider and roast some marshmallows.
3. Meander Through Cottonwood Park
Take the bikes out for a ride or explore the countless trails around Cottonwood Island Nature Park by foot while you try to find all the hidden treecarvings. During late September the forest comes alive in a beautiful sky of yellow and red, so don’t forget to take your camera with you for some candid photos along the riverbanks.
4. Go Camping
You’ll need to bundle up more, and pack heavier gear but shoulder season camping trips can be an absolute gem at this time of year. The crowds are mostly gone, the hiking trails are waiting for you and the lake’s reflection of autumn colours can be an absolute stunner while you cruise around the water during an afternoon paddle.
5. Harvest Time
Food is a plenty, and the local Farmer’s Markets are overflowing with the best produce you can buy. Head down together as a family to pick up your local meats, veggies and staples for your next dinner feast and enjoy sampling the local goodies and live music while you take in the bustling atmosphere.
Fall is a time to celebrate the changing of the leaves, the bountiful harvests and the new windy chill in the morning air.
Get into the autumn spirit with FallFest.
Introduce yourself to the unique, green and sustainable farming culture that surrounds Prince George and enjoy the bountiful harvest season. Learn about our northern climate and connect with growers, farmers and key presenters through workshops and educational seminars while taking in PG’s largest fall outdoor shopping market.
Date: Saturday, September 21st
Location: 3rd Avenue
Have some laughs with Red Green.
Get your tickets to be entertained by famous comedian Red Green this month. Red’s latest tour, and potentially his last, will feature some brand new handyman projects, advice to married guys and teens, and tips on getting old. With special contributions from Harold and other cast members, you won’t want to miss this show. It may not be his last but why take the chance?
Date: Thursday, September 26
Location: Vanier Hall
Get creative, and try glass blowing.
Play with fire and create your own piece of glass art at Canada’s only mobile glass studio. Glass House Xperience is rolling into Prince George for two-weeks to give folks the opportunity to try their skills at glass blowing. Everything from kid classes to two hour sessions or two day workshops, there’s something for everyone.
Date: September 6 – 15
Location: 14100 Nukko Lake Estates Rd
Picklefest. Yes, you read that right!
Ever loved a food so much that there was a whole mini-festival about it? Well, if you’re as big of a fan as the rest of the community, and can’t get enough of those crunchy jarred cucumbers – you’re in for a real treat! Three folks will be walking you through pickle basics - is there a thing as too much dill, and what are the tips to make the best homemade pickles? Plus, discover the best cooking techniques for the best ever pickle-focused dishes you will die for.
Date: Saturday, September 21
Location: Prince George Public Library, Bob Harkins Branch
Get your snowy activities sorted. Winter is coming.
The snow might not be flying yet but at CrossRoad’s next street festival, everyone will be thinking about those soon-to-be wintery months and all the fun snowy activities they can take part in. Connect with local clubs, small businesses, interactive activities and organizations that make the winter lifestyle in Prince George so great.
Date: Saturday, September 21
Locations: CrossRoads Brewing, 508 George Street
1. Where the trout at?
Catching trout starts long before you pick up the rod and reel. A bit of preparation and research can go along way in setting yourself up for success. If you want to catch rainbow trout you will want to start with a lake you know has them in it. Here are a few helpful resources for dialling in.
2. Go Deep or Go Home
Warm summer days can make fishing very enjoyable in August although challenging due to how the warmer water temperatures impact fish behaviour, however the good news is this problem is easily solved by targeting rainbows at depths of 15-25 feet. This is because Rainbow Trout need cool oxygenated water and can easily find this in the 15-25 foot range when summer time temperatures are highest. To reach this optimum depth I recommend full sink fly lines with a sink rating of 6ips or add 1-1.5oz of weight to your lure or bait. Also, a fish finder is a great tool to show you the specific depth fish are congregating at.
3. The Early Bird Gets the Worm
So why does this catchy often quoted phrase hold true? Well, most of it has to do with temperature. In the late summer water temperatures are higher than normal and this can make trout a bit lethargic. Water temperatures are coolest in the early morning and late evening and trout will be more active and prone to feeding during these times.
4. That Smells
Sunscreen, bug spray, oil, gas and other unnatural scents are not uncommon to have on our hands on fishing trips but these can turn away trout if touching your lure, bait, or fly. A good practice before handling your lure or bait is to grab some dirt and rub it all over your hands and then wipe them on some grass or leaves and then wash off the rest in the water.
5. What’s for Dinner?
There’s still time to enjoy summer if you haven’t made the most of it yet. Here's our monthly event wrap up we put together in partnership with Tourism Prince George to help you enjoy all that August has to offer.
Foodie Fridays are back! Forget your lunch every Friday in August and follow your nose downtown to the Canada Games Plaza from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. You’ll find delicious dishes offered by a variety of licensed sidewalk and food truck vendors, which you can eat while listening to live music.
Date: Every Friday in August
Location: Canada Games Plaza
Cariboo Rocks the North 2019
Pacific Western Brewing, in partnership with the CN Centre, is bringing back Cariboo Rocks the North, Prince George’s classic music festival. Weekend and day passes are available so you can get your fill of 11 classic rock bands including Trooper, Doug and the Slugs, and Chilliwack.
Date: August 9-11, 2019
Location: Exhibition Grounds
Head to the BC Northern Exhibition for some excitement!
The BC Northern Exhibition is always a summertime favourite. There will be plenty of West Coast Amusements rides and games, a food court, musical entertainment, and displays by commercial vendors, not-for-profits, crafters/artisans, 4-H, and quilters. Don’t miss the heavy horse and superdog shows!
Date: August 15-18, 2019
Location: Exhibition Grounds
Watch some “outrageous” female impersonators
Ready for some laughs? Grab your tickets for the Crazy Senoritas, who are a troupe of female impersonators from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Their show features humorous musical tributes, warped adult humour and hilarious interactions with audience members.
Date: August 19-20, 2019
Location: Cariboo Room above The Black Clover
Enjoy a movie under the stars
Grab your partner, your family or some friends and head to the Northern Lights Estate Winery to watch a movie under the stars. Dirty Dancing will be screened on a large outdoor projection screen at the winery’s ampitheatre. Chairs will be provided, but bring your own and some blankets if you want to maximize the comfort of your viewing experience.
Date: August 23, 2019
Location: Northern Lights Estate Winery
Family Fun Day
Grab your family and head to the Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum to enjoy a day of train-tastic fun. Family Fun Day will include interactive activities, games, live music and rides on the Cottonwood Minirail Train for only $3.00 per person! Make sure to bring a towel and spare clothing as there will be water toys and games set-up if the weather is good. Admission to this event is by donation to Two Bunnies Rescue and/or the Prince George Humane Society.
Date: August 24, 2019
Location: Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum
For more events happening in June, make sure to follow the City of Prince George and Tourism Prince George event calendars. Watch for monthly event guides to be posted on the Move Up Prince George and Tourism Prince George blogs the first Wednesday of every month during 2019! Have an event you want us to share? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
About Tourism Prince George:
Tourism Prince George Society (TPG) operates as the destination management organization (DMO) within the city of Prince George. Our team works closely with our local tourism partners to develop innovative destination development and marketing programs that drive visitation to Prince George.
Reporting to and acting as a key advisor to the CEO, the Manager, Communications & Industry Relations is responsible for developing, leading and executing strategy related to building strong and meaningful relationships with all tourism stakeholders; supporting business development, collaborating and connecting where needed and providing insights and resources to facilitate destination growth and success. This position provides proactive and strategic direction in the development and management of the Communications Plan and Industry Relations Plan designed to assist Tourism Prince George in reaching its strategic objectives and to fulfill its vision and mandate as the DMO for Prince George. This position is also responsible for external communications, development and execution of the destination’s crisis communication plan as needed, developing and communicating key messages and securing positive media coverage of the organization.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Develops and implements TPG’s industry engagement strategy inclusive of stakeholder visits, delivering industry presentations and providing business development support as needed
Shares relevant industry news, opportunities, insights and research conducive to building stronger tourism businesses and a stronger tourism destination
Supports stakeholder engagement with TPG’s corporate strategic planning process
Works with the CEO on destination development and industry training initiatives
Provides strategic direction and day-to-day management of TPG’s CRM platform Industry Events
Oversees development, planning and production of TPG industry events and workshops
Supports other industry events where appropriate as needed
Identifies research needs as related to and supporting TPG’s corporate strategy and annual marketing plan
Manages research contracts and projects including third-party contractors and tourism industry partners when necessary
Advises and establishes technological support and equipment required to execute research tactics
Works with the Leadership Team to develop and implement TPG’s corporate communications plan including strategic development of outreach in alignment with the corporate strategy and annual visitor services, sales and marketing plans:
Corporate Webpage Content
B2B Social Media Content
Press release development and circulation
Media announcements and interviews
Works with Leadership Team to oversee the development and delivery of various reports, presentations and publications including the Strategic Plan, Annual Business Plan, Annual Marketing Plan, Annual Reports, Research Insights, Newsletters and others as required
Develops, maintains and executes TPG’s crisis communications plan as needed
Serves as an official alternate media spokesperson as needed
Works with the CEO on local, provincial and national issues that impact the tourism industry
Fosters a highly collaborative working culture for TPG both internally and externally
Identifies opportunities to enhance public awareness of the value that TPG brings to the community (stakeholders and residents), showcasing the organization’s programs and partnerships
Maintains a consistent positive stance on the TPG brand execution through relationships with stakeholders
Champions exceptional quality throughout the organization and search out ways for TPG to celebrate and be celebrated for our successes locally, provincially and nationally
Supports travel media relations activities (such as coordinating influencer trips) as needed
Supports visitor services, sales and marketing activities and events as needed
Degree in Communications, Business Administration or related field
Minimum of 5 years of management level experience in industry relations and communications
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with various audiences (including writing, verbal, presentation and listening skills)
Ability to make strategic decisions that move the organization forward; effective goal-setting, action plans and evaluation of successes and failures
Proven ability to be a confident and knowledgeable resource providing tourism industry expertise and insights to stakeholders
Effective at connecting with industry and creating partnerships when and where relevant
Experience with interagency networking with all tourism related entities locally, provincially, nationally and internationally
Proven ability to work with elected officials, governments, councils, agencies and other tourism industry stakeholders in building collaborative relationships and meeting an organizational mandate and performance objectives
Exceptional organizational, project management and time management capabilities with a strong attention to detail
Experience developing and managing a complex budget
Strategic and analytical thinker and ability to improvise and problem solve
Commitment to quality and accuracy of work
Experience working with CRM software
Experience developing and posting social media and digital/web content
Advanced user of Windows and Microsoft products
Enjoys working in a team environment
Proven ability to manage multiple projects and areas of responsibility
Professionalism in all aspects of performance and presentation
Prior experience in destination management organization is an asset
Please submit your resume and cover letter to Tourism Prince George at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, August 9th, 2019 at 4:30 pm. We thank all candidates in advance for their interest; however, only those short-listed will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls, please.
Summer is finally here, and it’s wonderful. Get out and celebrate the warmer temperatures and check out all the great local events! Here’s our event wrap up for the month of July in partnership with Move Up Prince George.
BMO KidzArt Dayz
BMO KidzArt Dayz is a celebration of creativity through art, music, and movement for the whole family! Through this two day festival, toddlers to pre-teens and all those kids-at-heart can partake in dozens of interactive hands-on art stations and activities. From music, collaborative community art projects, inflatable sculptures and more - there are creative opportunities everywhere.
Date: July 5 & 6, 2019
Location: Two Rivers Art Gallery
Learn To Fish At West Lake
Presented through Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, this introductory program is perfect for kids 5-15 and their families. This half-day course will teach participants fish identification, habitat and conservation, knot tying, proper fish handling, ethics and best practices for using rods, reels, lines, and tackle.
Date: July 8, 2019
Location: West Lake Provincial Park
CrossRoads Street Festival: Motorsports, Motocross, and Jetboating
Enjoy a free community event focusing on everything motorsport, motocross and more! With fun interactive activities to encourage kids and adults to discover different outdoor recreation opportunities, this family-friendly street party takes place from 10am-3pm with a ticketed 19+ evening event kicking off at 6pm till midnight. The evening portion turns everything up a notch with live music, local craft beer, street food, and interactive outdoor party games.
Date: July 13, 2019
Location: Intersection of 5th and George Street
Take to the streets at Downtown Summerfest and bring your appetite to the Canadian Western Bank Taste Pavilion. Enjoy live entertainment on the TD Mainstage and be sure not to miss the thrilling Hockey Circus Show with PAZ or the magical antics with Clinton W. Gray. There’s always great food, live music, unique shopping and family fun at Downtown Summerfest!
Date: July 14, 2019
Location: Canada Games Plaza
Beauty & The Beast
“Be Our Guest” this month, and witness the live production of Beauty & The Beast, presented by Judy Russell Presents. From the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a prince who is magically transformed into a terrible beast as punishment for his selfish ways. To return to his human form he must learn to love and be loved in return or he and his household will remain transformed forever.
Date: July 11 - 27, 2019
Location: The Prince George Playhouse
For more events happening in July, make sure to follow the City of Prince George and Tourism Prince George event calendars. Watch for monthly event guides to be posted on the Move Up Prince George and Tourism Prince George blogs the first Wednesday of every month during 2019! Have an event you want us to share? Email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canada Day is almost here! To take in the festivities and celebrate our wonderful home, we’ve laid out some of our top favourite Canada Day weekend activities to put on your to-do list.
1. Celebrate Canada’s Birthday In Style
Join the biggest birthday party of the year at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park. With over seven hours of live performances and entertainment, cultural booths and a wide array of ethnic cuisines, this family-friendly event is the perfect excuse to spend the whole day outside.
2. Hit The Trails
Escape the crowds and visit some of the local hiking trails around PG, but with so many around you’ll have a hard time choosing just one. Consider visiting the multiple lakes at Eskers Provincial Park, or scramble up to the top of Teapot Mountain for a spectacular view. What some more inspiration? Check out our hiking recommendations here: https://tourismpg.com/activities/parks-and-trails
3. Go Old-School With Dominion Day At Huble Homestead
Take a step back into the past, and enjoy heritage demonstrations and festivities as pioneers would have marked the occasion over a hundred years ago - with old-fashioned games, races, eating contests and a special Canadian treasure hunt! Dominion Day birthday cake will be served at several different times throughout the day, and you can take part in heritage demonstrations like making butter and ice cream.
4. Say Happy Birthday With A Toast
Come take a free tour of Northern Lights Estate Winery, BC’s northernmost winery. Tours include a behind the scenes look at the cellar and informative guided walk through the orchard. All tours conclude in the tasting room, where you can cheers to Canada’s big day before continuing into the bistro for dinner or a snack.
5. Gallop Into The Sunset
Enjoy a horseback riding tour at El Shaddai Ranch, located just south of the city, and take in the local scenery and wildlife from the unique perspective of the saddle. The sunset ride from 7pm to 9pm is sure to please the senses and relax the soul! Bookings required.
6. Escape The Ordinary
Or stick to the streets and challenge your mind at Exit PG. See if you and your companions can solve all the clues to free yourselves from the selection of intriguing puzzle rooms. Bookings required.
7. Finish The Day With A Bang
At 11pm sharp on July 1st, fireworks will ignite from Connaught Hill to wrap up the weekend and Canada Day celebrations. There are tons of unique viewing sites across the city, so if you’re not sure where to go, Canada Games Plaza has always been one of our favourite locations to see them.
Earlier this month the City of Prince George opened a brand new greenspace to the public – Nechako Riverside Park. As the latest addition to Prince George this riverfront space, just located on the north side of the Nechako River and Foothills Boulevard, offers locals and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Nechako River just outside the city centre.
Through careful planning, the park provides accessible and easy walking paths for tiny feet and wheelchairs alike. With a gradual five percent grade down to the water, taking gear or even a kayak will be easy, as the wide gravel path casually zig-zags its way to the riverside from the upper parking lot.
From the bottom of the bank, many scattered benches and picnic tables are available to choose from, and the tables have been specifically developed to cater to wheelchairs and mobility aids. From the left, a large open field has been cleared to allow for fun family activities such as frisbee and bocce ball, while to the right and past the bridge, the walking trails have been untouched and left forested for exploration. For the more adventurous a canoe launch has been developed on the riverbank, providing the perfect starting or finishing spot for a classic float down the Nechako River.
Next time you visit the Nechako Riverside Park tag your photos with #takeonPG on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook - we’d love to see your take.
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