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.

  • Angler Atlas:  What an amazing resource! Free fishing maps for lakes, rivers and ocean. See fish species, hotspots, boat launches and more! https://www.anglersatlas.com
  • Go Fish BC:  Another great resource with plenty of “how to fish” tips, an interactive map that will help show you which stocked lake to fish, and stocking reports that can be searched by species. https://www.gofishbc.com
  • IFish BC: A purchasable app for iPhone & Android every fisherman needs. Featuring over 3500 BC lakes, ponds, and reservoirs with Proximity Search to find lakes around you, Google Map integration at each lake, and Depth Charts for most lakes!
  • Ask around: Local Facebook fishing pages, asking those you know who fish, online fishing forums, and of course your local fishing tackle shops!

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?

  • For fly anglers: A leech or dragon fly nymph is a great summertime all-around choice to start with. These big tasty treats are great at attracting larger trout and can work well regardless of other insect hatches occurring.
  • Lures: I recommend Rooster Tails, Bang Tails, Quick Fish, FlatFish, Panther Martins, Dick Nite Spoons, Mepps Spinners and Small Apex’s.
  • Bait: Baiting your hook with a small piece of worm (my favorite for trout), maggot, corn, egg, or artificial bait can be a great additive to your lure. Remember less is more. Too much bait can impact the natural action of your lure.

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
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 social@tourismpg.com and info@moveupprincegeorge.ca.

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.

Job Description:
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:
Stakeholder Relations
 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

Research
 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

Corporate Communications
 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 Newsletter
         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

Other
 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

Qualifications:
 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

Application Process:
Please submit your resume and cover letter to Tourism Prince George at admin@tourismpg.com 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



Downtown Summerfest
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 wallace@tourismpg.com and info@moveupprincegeorge.ca.

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.

 

Summer is on the way to Prince George and you should celebrate by checking out some great events! Here’s our event wrap up for the month of May in partnership with Move Up Prince George.

 

Have some laughs with Derek Edwards

Get your tickets to be entertained by Just for Laughs veteran Derek Edwards for 90 minutes. Edwards is considered among the comic elite as a four time nominee and winner of Best Standup Comic at the Canadian Comedy Awards and holds multiple Gemini nominations for Best Performance in a Comedy.

Date: June 9, 2019
Location: Prince George Playhouse

 

Judas Priest with Uriah Heep

For the first time, Judas Priest is coming to Prince George. Don’t miss your chance to see one of rock’s most legendary bands perform live at the CN Centre.

Date: June 14, 2019
Location: CN Centre

 

Get your steampunk on

Visit the Railway & Forestry Museum during Steampunk Days 2019 and be teleported into an era where Victorian glamour meets the Industrial Age. Dress in your favourite Steampunk garb, or other costumes and join in the fun! There will be pioneer blacksmith demonstrations, wood turners activities, crafts, rides on the Cottonwood Minitrain and more!

Date: June 14 – 16, 2019
Location: Railway and Forestry Museum

 

Father’s Day events:

As is the case every year, there are plenty of things to do with your Dad on Father’s Day. Check out the list below for ideas on how you can celebrate the day with your Dad!

Date: June 14 – 16, 2019
Location: Various

 

Run to beat the bugs at Otway

If you want to get active in June, sign up for the 5 or 10 kilometre portion of the Beat the Bugs Trail Race at the Otway Nordic Centre. Enjoy running cross-country and single track trails as you take in the surrounding scenery. This event also offers a free 1 kilometre race for kids.

Date: June 15, 2019
Location: Caledonia Nordic Ski Club

 

Murder mystery at Huble Homestead

Are you a murder mystery enthusiast? Then you’ll want to attend Homicide on the Homestead: A Murder Mystery. The Cutbanks Car Club is trying to get to the bottom of the death of their past president, Myrna Lloyd. Register for this event to help solve the case.

Date: June 15, 2019
Location: Huble Homestead Historic Site

 

National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations

2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages. The Exploration Place is hosting free National Indigenous Peoples Day activities in its atrium that blend Indigenous languages with computational thinking skills and coding. You can also make a binary beaded bracelet or keychain that codes a word from a local Indigenous language. Free rides on the Little Prince Steam Engine will also be offered.

Date: June 21, 2019
Location: The Exploration Place

 

All the ribs you can eat and beer…what could be better?

Do you love ribs? Then checking out Prince George Ribfest 2019 is a must. This three day event hosted by the Nechako Rotary Club and Pacific Western Brewing features world-class, award winning ribbers from across Canada, plenty of food vendors, live local music, and plenty of beer from Pacific Western Brewing. And the best part, aside from the ribs? This event is free to attend!

Date: June 21 – 23, 2019
Location: Pacific Western Brewing (641 North Nechako Road)

 

Check out Heatwave- Celebrate Culture

This free three-day outdoor cultural festival is a “heatwave” of music and culture which will include live music, interactive cultural performances and displays, vendors, games and activities for all ages. Indulge in delicious flavours from around the world as you enjoy free outdoor performances and concerts showcasing the best of Canadian music in a variety of genres. Head to celebratepg.com for more info.

Date: June 21 – 23, 2019
Location: Canada Games Plaza (808 Canada Games Way)

 

Get out to Goodsir Nature Park

Goodsir Nature Park is celebrating their 30th anniversary! You are invited to join the festivities from June 21-23. There will be free refreshments on Friday June 21st at 7:30pm, and as always admission is by donation.

Date: June 21-23, 2019

Location: Goodsir Nature Park (22825 Old Summit Lake Rd)

 

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 social@tourismpg.com and info@moveupprincegeorge.ca.

June might just be the perfect month in Prince George. It’s a great time to be outdoors because the weather is excellent and everyone is smiling as the city says goodbye to winter and hello to spring and summer. Plus, schools aren’t out yet  so there are no crowds to contend with. With all that going for it, here are five reasons to love Prince George in June:

1. Patios: June is the month to grab your sunglasses, find a sunny table, and start enjoying dining al fresco! It’s warm enough that you won’t need that extra layer, but not so hot that you need to worry about burning. And with no crowds, you won’t have to wait for a table. Several of Prince George’s locally-owned restaurants have outdoor seating, including Alpine Pub & Grill, Betulla Burning, B X Neighbourhood Pub, Cimo Mediterranean Grill, CrossRoads Brewing, and Northern Lights Estate Winery. What could be better than lunch, a drink, or appies outside?

2. Off-leash dog parks: You don’t have to own a dog to enjoy a stroll through two of Prince George’s finest parks, and the June weather makes them even better. Nestled between Foothills Blvd., Otway Rd., and 1st Ave., Moore’s Meadow Nature Park is a real gem that bears the namesake of an early pioneer settler of Prince George. There are several kilometers of trails through the forest surrounding the main meadow area, where mowed paths cut through over half a kilometer of tall grass and wildflowers. In Ginter’s Meadow, named after the guy who popularized pull-tab beer cans, a (wide and flat) paved walking path connects three main parking areas/entrances at the western ends of Ferry Ave., Massey Dr., and 18 Ave. Feeling more adventurous? Trails leading up and out of Ginter’s Meadow connect it to the UNBC trail system and, from there, to Forests for the World, which is a fantastic (but not off-leash) park in its own right. In both Moore’s and Ginter’s there are large designated areas where your pooch is allowed to run wild (but under control, please!). Just remember to do the right thing and clean up after your pet. There are free poop bags and trash cans throughout both parks.

3. Local craft beer, cider, and fruit wine: Looking to wet your whistle? Prince George has excellent locally-owned offerings to suit all tastes. Trench Brewing features a variety of fine craft beers and cider in its spacious tasting room, and offers several snack options if you’re looking for some nosh. Want a bigger meal? Try CrossRoads Brewing, where you can pair their craft beers with pizzas from an Italian wood-fired oven, as well as sandwiches, pasta dishes, and more. Or visit Northern Lights Estate Winery, which offers a refined selection of fruit wines made from estate-grown fruit, and a variety of sophisticated tapas, salads, sandwiches, and entrées. Their chic tasting room, bistro, and patio are situated on banks of the Nechako River and offer stunning views of their orchard, with the river below. If you want to take the party to go, both Trench and CrossRoads offer growler fills, and the tasting room at Northern Lights sells their wines by the bottle.

4. Rivers: Prince George has two rivers, and taking a sunny stroll through the many parks and greenbelts situated along them are part of what makes June so special here. Did you know that you can walk from the Cameron St. Bridge all the way to Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park? The 5 km walk along the southern bank of the Nechako River and western bank of the Fraser River takes you through Kiwanis Park and Cottonwood Island Nature Park along the way, and the views of the river are a relaxing way to spend any morning, afternoon, or evening – or your lunch hour! Further upriver on the Nechako are Wilkins Regional Park and the new Nechako Riverside Park on Foothills Blvd., both of which have picnic areas in view of the river, and then there’s Wilson Park to the southeast. And don’t forget the fantastic overlooks from LC Gunn Park on the eastern bank of the Fraser. With so many options, get out and enjoy a river walk before the crowds show up!  

5. Trees: Trees are everywhere in Prince George, and June is the perfect time to appreciate them. There are new buds, leaves, and beautiful flowers on the deciduous trees, and the recent rain has caused big splashes of colour all over town. From the furtive faces carved by Elmer Gunderson into the big trees in Cottonwood Island Nature Park, to the endless wooded hills seen when driving south on Foothills Blvd., and all the neighbourhood parks and green spaces in between, being surrounded by trees is one of the best parts of being in Prince George, so get outside and enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of spring! Be sure to keep an eye out (and your ears open) for all the migratory birds that have returned to Prince George for the spring and summer.

While checking into the Coast Prince George by APA, your attention is immediately drawn to the gorgeous and clean lobby. This is the first indication of the cleanliness you’ll notice in your room and in all areas of the property. Like most other hotels, your first interaction with the front desk staff sets the tone for your stay. The Coast Prince George by APA was extremely welcoming and friendly from the moment I arrived.

I stayed in a Premium Junior Suite King, which was excellent! This room was perfect for a relaxing stay; the living area would allow for entertaining a small group, or a comfortable setting to watch TV. Each of these styles of room offer a balcony overlooking the downtown area. My room had a lovely view of the city’s primary conference facility, the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre. The origami crane on the bed was a nice touch, a symbol of hospitality in Japanese culture, and a signal that APA is a proud Japanese company that cares about your stay.

After putting my feet up for a short while, I headed down to the lobby for dinner. The Coast Prince George by APA has two restaurants inside the hotel, Winston’s Resto-Bar and Shogun Japanese Steakhouse. Winston’s Resto-Bar is a full service restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (6:30am - 2pm and 4pm - 11pm) and its cozy wing back chairs and oak and brass bar make it a perfect place to recoup after a busy day seeing the sights. Winston’s also hosts events like their weekly Jazz Night on Fridays. I opted to check out the Shogun, a traditional Japanese Steakhouse with teppenyaki-style cooking and an extensive selection of sushi. If you haven’t experience teppenyaki-style cooking, it’s quite the experience. The ability of the chefs to entertain while preparing your food (my favourite was the onion volcano) makes for a memorable dining experience. Not to mention, the food is delicious! If you visit the restaurant in a group of six or more, you’ll typically have the table to yourselves. If you’re alone, you will be seated with another group of people. This could work out in your favour though, Prince Georgians are notoriously friendly; you may find yourself gaining a few new friends over dinner!

Next, I checked out the pool and hot tub. On my way, I spotted the gym area…and kept on walking. My trip was all about relaxation! But from what I saw, it looks excellent. It’s equipped with treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, and free weights. If that doesn’t meet your fitness needs, The Prince George Coast by APA has a partnership with Gold’s Gym where guests receive a pass for only five dollars. The pool area was busy with families, which is always a great sign for hotels. It’s a fairly simple area that would allow guests to swim lengths or soak in the hot tub, the latter of which I happily did.

I decided to call it a night and headed back to my room. The king bed offered a delightful sleep, and a variety of pillow choices ensured I found just the right one. I woke up feeling refreshed and had a cup of coffee from the coffee maker in the room. Perfect way to start the day! The bathroom facilities in the room were also excellent. The lavatory was very modern and clean and, like every room in the hotel, had an Electric Bidet Seat (TOTO® Washlet), another nod to the Japanese culture that the owners are very proud of.

Unfortunately, my stay at the Prince George Coast by APA had come to an end. It was an outstanding experience staying in downtown Prince George. Next time you’re visiting PG, consider checking out the Coast!

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The Institute for Canadian Citizens' Cultural Access Pass allows newly sworn-in citizens to visit participating attractions for free, for one year.

Institute for Canadian Citizenship - Cultural Access Pass

Find out how to register for free access to over 1,200 of Canada's best museums, art galleries, discovery centres, historic sites and nature parks - then pick yours up at our visitor centre!

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