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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!
What better way to enjoy the fantastic spring weather than by checking out some great events! Here’s our event wrap up for the month of May in partnership with Move Up Prince George.
Northern FanCon (May 3-5): Northern FanCon returns for its fifth Anniversary! Go see the awesome selection of guests, vendors, artists, and cosplayers you have come to expect PLUS some special extras at the CN Centre. This year’s lineup includes the original Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, and Alan Tudyk from Star Wars and Firefly. To purchase tickets head to Ticketsnorth.ca.
Jack and the Bean (May 6-11): Presentation House Theatre is thrilled to present Linda A. Carson’s enthralling new spin on the much-loved children’s classic, Jack and the Beanstalk. This imaginative adaptation finds Jack surrounded by land that just won’t grow anything. Compelled to sell his beloved toys to feed his hungry family, Jack instead trades them for magic beans, from which a towering beanstalk grows. Jack climbs the beanstalk and is taken on an amazing journey filled with excitement and peril. Children, young and old, will delight in this simple, but highly engaging, environmental tale. For tickets click here: Theatre NorthWest.
West Coast Amusement – Prince George May Carnival (May 9-12): Based in British Columbia, West Coast Amusements is the largest Canadian midway operation in western Canada, and one of the few that remains family operated. This fun-filled carnival takes place at the Prince George Exhibition grounds, buy a wristband to access all the rides!
Rock of Ages (May 10): The mind-blowing, face melting, nothin’ but a good time, audience favorite Rock of Ages comes to the CN Centre in Prince George. This great show features the music of Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake among many others! This Tenth Anniversary production revisits the larger than life characters and exhilarating story that turned ROCK OF AGES into a global phenomenon! Tickets range from $29.50 to $89.50 depending on seats and are available at TicketsNorth.ca.
Prince George Bike Rave (May 11): That’s not a typo, it’s a Bike RAVE! Kaiten Mixed Martial Arts Academy and Atmosphere Entertainment, Visual Universe; are hosting this FREE community event. It’s designed as an opportunity to spend quality time with your family and friends. Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park is going to be lit up like you have never seen it before. Imagination and Creativity is the goal, so dress up with white or bright colours, find flashy things or lights for you and your bike. Show your style!
Mother’s Day (May 12): As always there are tons of great events happening in Prince George for Mother’s Day. Check out the events below for a few ideas on how you can celebrate with your mom!
88th Annual Prince George ELKS May Day Parade (May 18): The 88th Annual ELKS May Day Parade is BACK! Proudly organized by the Prince George ELKS Lodge 122 & the Prince George ELKS Community Hall. This family oriented, fun-filled parade gets underway at noon at the corner of 7th and Dominion Street.
Spring on the Homestead (May 19-20): Wave goodbye to winter and celebrate spring at Huble Homestead's two-day season opener! Watch or participate in heritage activities such as the May-pole dance, planting the garden, and making butter and ice cream. Reacquaint yourself with the historic site by taking a guided tour, and explore the buildings by taking part in a treasure hunt. Help them kick off celebrating 30 years of Huble Homestead, by checking out the launch of the new, year-long exhibit that talks about the opening of the park.
CrossRoads Street Festival (May 25): Come enjoy the free, family-friendly community events featuring displays, demos, clinics, and show and shines. There will be fun interactive activities to encourage kids and adults to discover and try different outdoor recreation opportunities. This portion of the day takes place from 10am until 3pm. The ticketed, evening event kicks off at 6pm and goes until midnight. Here you can experience fun, safe adult-oriented activities with fantastic live music, local craft beer, street food and interactive outdoor party games. For more information or to purchase tickets click here: CrossRoads
For more events happening in May, make sure to follow the City of Prince George and Tourism Prince George event calendars. And make sure to watch for monthly event guides throughout 2019 that will be posted to the Move Up Prince George and Tourism Prince George blogs the first Wednesday of every month! Have an event you want us to share? Email email@example.com
In British Columbia, places like Squamish and Skaha come to mind when people talk about superb rock climbing areas. But hiding up in the stunning north, in the depths of the Giscome bluffs are fun, challenging, and visually stunning crags of all types that make Prince George a hidden climbing gem.
It’s early spring and we have been itching to get out all winter long. There is something about this sport that becomes highly addictive, always craving harder routes and higher climbs. We head to bed, with all our gear loaded, ready for an early start. We awake at 6am on a warm March morning, prep food for our crew and head out for the first climb of the year.
We chose Giscome Crag to start our season off. The morning sun greets us on our winding drive out towards the McGregor Range, and as we approach Eaglet Lake, we see from afar that we are in luck with clear rock insight. Hiking with climbing gear has its own challenges. Approaches can require tricky maneuvering to get into that prime slab spot.
Looking at our route options, there is slab, cracks, top-rope, and sport climbing all to be had in the section we chose for the day. This spot allowed for our varying skilled climbing crew to all have an outstanding first climb. We get set up and begin the day.
After sending a few routes, each with an incredible view, we take a well-earned break, resting on the rocks, surrounded by the snow. Signs that spring has arrived and another great season has commenced, fill the air as the sun shines down on us, giving us that first terrible sunglass tan of the year. We pack up our gear and move on to the next rock slab to conquer, hiking through snow to get to the next spot in the sun. Spring climbing doesn’t get any better than this.
Camp and Climb
The bonus of the Giscome climbing area is you can set up camp on Eaglet Lake, making it a full-weekend adventure trip. Multiple rock crags in the area are within a quick hike, or a few minutes by car. Camping allows you to wake up with the sun and be only seconds away from your climbing spot.
Take a dip after your climbing day, or bring along your canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard, and enjoy exploring this large, yet shallow lake with views of the McGregor Range. If fishing is on your wilderness hobby list, pack your rod as you will find feisty Rainbow Trout and lurking Burbot here, too.
A Family Event
Rock climbing is not just for the extreme sports junkie. Climbing is an excellent activity you can do with the whole family, and the Prince George crag scene has something for everyone. With a packed lunch and a safety talk before proceeding, there are many outdoor climbing areas you can share the love for this cardio-blasting sport and serene outdoors with every member in your crew.
Not ready for outdoor climbing yet? Overhang, Prince George’s local climbing gym has you covered. They have gear rentals, training, auto-belays, and year-round climbing to get you started or keep you in climbing shape. (We always recommend training and practice with other skilled climbers before trying out rock climbing on your own).
Update Your Crag List
The Giscome Crag area is truly a hidden climbing haven that needs to be on every climber’s list. Whether you are a northern local or just traveling through, make sure your gear is ready to rock, and check out the Prince George climbing scene. Bring along your kids for a family climb and ledge-side picnic with a view, or hang out with friends, pushing each other to send that upside-down rock staircase.
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You can find out more about the Giscome climbing area in the guides provided by the Prince George Section of the Alpine Club of Canada.
About Tourism Prince George
Tourism Prince George Society is a not-for-profit society that operates as the destination
marketing/management organization within the city of Prince George. Our team works closely with
our local tourism partners to develop innovative campaigns that will drive visitation to Prince George.
We are seeking a passionate, creative and detail-oriented individual to join our dynamic team.
Reporting to the Manager, Brand & Marketing, this position will create and maintain marketing
content in alignment with Tourism Prince George’s marketing plan.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The successful applicant will be expected to:
• Create compelling written and visual content for online and print publications
• Manage and monitor daily social media account activity and engage community users (locals, future visitors, current visitors and past visitors) on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, interest and other channels
• Track daily social media activity and adjust content to improve impact
• Coordinate online contests and giveaways to reach new users and retain current ones
• Coordinate paid search and banner advertising spaces
• Assist in the coordination of media tours
• Aid in the collection and organization of digital assets
• Maintain website content including Tourism Prince George’s event calendar
• Coordinate and attend industry trade shows and events
• Sell advertisements for the Official Prince George Visitor Guide and assist in the production and distribution of the same
• Coordinate the sales of the Milepost print advertising
• Post-secondary degree or diploma in marketing or a similar program
• 2+ years of experience in marketing or relevant field; experience in the tourism industry is considered an asset.
• Possess a strong understanding of digital and traditional marketing tactics including display media buying, copywriting and social media
• Comfortable using a variety of social media tools for business such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest
• General understanding of current online and traditional marketing concepts and best practices
• Knowledge of SEO techniques and experience with website maintenance
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Demonstrated ability to work with cross functional teams
• Strong organizational and time management skills
• Commitment to quality and accuracy of work
• Proven ability to manage multiple projects and areas of responsibility
• Exceptional knowledge of Microsoft Office software: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Desire to exemplify outstanding customer service
• Knowledge of web and social analytics software such as Google Analytics considered an asset
• Experience with Adobe Creative Suite programs an asset
• Photography/videography experience considered an asset
• Ability to travel (overnight) for tradeshows and other industry events
• Clean, class 5 Driver’s License
• Ability to lift 50 lbs
• Competitive salary based on experience
• Benefits package after completion of three-month probation period
• Three weeks vacation
Please submit your resume and cover letter to Tourism Prince George at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 26th, 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.
Happy April! The snow is melting, the sun is out and there are plenty of events happening in Prince George to keep you busy this month. Read the list we’ve put together in partnership with Tourism Prince George to discover events ranging from theatre, to music, to yoga to hypnosis.
Theatre NorthWest: Meet my sister!
Meet My Sister! is the final Theatre NorthWest production of the 2018/19 season and this World Premiere promises to be hysterical. In this new comedy sisters Stella and Blanche, one from northern BC and the other from northern Ontario, try to get their mom to come out of her locked home, which has been sold, so she can move to a senior’s residence she is supposed to be moving into that day. The sisters battle the house and each other before the surprise twist ending that will keep you laughing for days.
Date: March 28 – April 17, 2019
Location: Theatre NorthWest
Always wanted to try yoga? Here’s your chance
Learn how to practice yoga or get back into it by signing up for Try-It!: Yoga, a four-week, beginner mini program being held on Wednesdays during April. At a cost of only $20 for four classes, this program is a bargain! You must be 18 years or older to participate and should bring a yoga mat if possible. Some accessible spots will be available through a partnership with the Northern Adapted Sports Association.
Date: April 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2019
Location: Beaverly Elementary School
Grandma Used to Heckle Me Comedy Tour with Headliner Jeff Leeson
Nationally touring stand-up comedian Jeff Leeson is bringing his nationwide tour to the Prince George Playhouse for a night of live stand-up comedy that promises to be memorable. The Grandma Used to Heckle Me Comedy Tour is named after Jeff's most recent special that is currently being pitched to TV networks and streaming sites around the world. With an extremely impressive blend of long form improv and traditional stand-up comedy this is one show you do not want to miss!
Date: April 5, 2019
Location: Prince George Playhouse
Billie Zizi with Amy Blanding and Friends
Get your dancing shoes on and head to the Prince George Legion for a night of uplifting music. Billie Zizi is visiting Prince George from Edmonton to share her combination of the groove of classic soul with a flair for contemporary RnB melody. Prince George favourite Amy Blanding will also entertain the crowd with her powerful voice and profound stage presence. Her folk songs collect moments in the Northern wild and turn them into folk songs with a raw edge. Tickets are available at the door.
Date: April 6, 2019
Location: Prince George Legion
Family Easter fun at Pine Centre
Looking for a fun family event over the Easter long weekend? Pine Centre Mall is inviting families to enjoy Easter activities including photos, basket crafts, and Easter egg hunts. There will also be 3 foot solid chocolate bunny giveaways and treats provided by Purdy’s Chocolatier.
Date: April 6 and April 20, 2019
Location: Pine Centre Mall
Celebrate music from the 90’s
Are you a child of the 90s? If you answered yes or if you’re a big fan of 90’s music, you’ll want to grab tickets for CFUR’s Big Shiny Tunes Tribute. Hosted by CFUR Radio and Mad Loon Entertainment, this event will feature local musicians performing songs from the Big Shiny Tunes compilation CDs. This event is all-ages until 10:00 pm.
Date: April 13, 2019
Location: Cowboy Ranch
Enjoy a night of hypnosis where the audience becomes the show
Hypnotist REVEEN has been seen by over 6 million Canadians and he’s returning to Prince George for one night at Vanier Hall. The REVEEN legend continues as Tyrone Reveen (son of the original Reveen) takes his audience to the inner and outer reaches of their imagination with The Superconscious Experience. People from the audience become the stars in one of the wildest and funniest shows that has left millions of people crying with laughter all over the world.
Date: April 13, 2019
Location: Vanier Hall
Prince George Symphony Orchestra: Countryside Dreams
Get ready to enjoy an evening of classical music with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Countryside Dreams. The concert will feature Sibelius’ Finlandia and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 followed by the performance of the Mozart Flute Concerto by Vancouver-based flautist Roderick Seed.
Date: April 13, 2019
Location: Prince George Playhouse
Challenge the cutbanks to fight cancer
Support a good cause and get a sweat on at the 4th Annual Climb for Cancer hosted by the Northern Lights Estate Winery. This event is suitable for all fitness levels as you can walk straight up the cutbanks or take the easier path that is beside the main path. All proceeds from this event will support the Canadian Cancer Society’s Kordyban Lodge, which is a home away from home for people undergoing cancer treatment in Prince George.
Date: April 27, 2019
Location: Northern Lights Estate Winery and the cutbanks
CHBA Northern BC Home and Garden Show
The Canadian Home Builders’ Northern BC Home & Garden Show is back for its 42nd appearance in Prince George. This event will feature hundreds of vendors and visitors from all over northern BC who can help you make your living space safe, healthy, well-maintained, and enjoyable. The Home & Garden Show is free to attend but be careful as you might walk away with some unexpected purchases!
Date: April 26-28, 2019
Location: Exhibition Park
Get Loose with Brews and Juice
Join Col Juicery, Trench Brewing & Distilling and Chinook Yoga for an all-level yoga class followed by your choice of a cold-pressed juice flight, beer flight, or a mix of both! This fun event will take place at Trench brewing. With only 34 tickets for Get Loose with Brews and Juice available, you’ll want to get yours soon.
Date: April 28, 2019
Location: Trench Brewing & Distilling
For more events happening in April, make sure to follow the City of Prince George and Tourism Prince George event calendars. And make sure to watch for monthly event guides throughout 2019 that will be posted to the Move Up Prince George and Tourism Prince George blogs the first Wednesday of every month! Have an event you want us to share? Email it to email@example.com.
As spring starts to show its first signs of life in Prince George, we’re excited to release the March event blog! This piece is a joint partnership between Move Up Prince George and Tourism Prince George.
The Miracle Theatre – Halfway There: This is a professional theatre production with actors hired from across Canada and is being brought to Prince George to rehearse and perform. This comedy is about friends for life and the surprises that arise when a new doctor comes to town. This year's beneficiary is the PG Community Foundation and all net proceeds will start the new "Children of Prince George Fund". Buy a ticket and have a great night out at this laugh filled comedy and help make Prince George a better place! Tickets are available at Books & Company or 250-563-6637.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Based on the 1988 slap-stick comedy starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels follows the story of two men who con their way through a series of beautiful women on the French Riviera. This show features catchy songs, farcical humor, and a plot twist that will leave you saying "Sacré Bleu!" You're welcome to join on March 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th or 17th at Theatre Northwest to enjoy this musical comedy.
Booze & Build: A Maker Night for Adults: On March 8th, you can make, build, drink, and create at this entertaining evening just for adults. Sip on some wine or craft beer while you try your hand at 3D doodling. Explore the exhibitions, laser tattoo some bananas, and other one-of-a kind activities. It’s a night like no other!
CrossRoads Brewing Birthday Party: Happy Birthday to Prince George’s downtown craft brewery! They are celebrating their 2nd birthday on March 15th. What better way to enjoy yourself than heading down to George Street for a pint! There will be live music from local band Redwhyn at 7:30pm and a special birthday cask will be available. No tickets required.
2019 Brew Ski: The Caledonia Nordic Ski Club is teaming up with CrossRoads Brewing and Trench Brewing & Distillery to host the Brew-Ski on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th. Bring a friend or fly solo, dress in green if you want, and just have fun! One ticket includes 5 beer samples and BBQ, all following beer will be available in the lodge at $5 each, cash only. Must be 19+ to participate.
Kinky Boots: Kinky Boots tells the uplifting and heartwarming tale of Charlie Price, a young man reluctantly taking over his family’s struggling shoe factory and looking for a fresh idea. Charlie meets and finds inspiration in Lola, and together they discover that it takes a good friend to make a great pair. This entertaining show is at the CN Centre on March 22nd.
Colin James & Band: This Cariboo Rocks the North Warm Up event is taking place at the CN Centre on March 23rd. Colin James will be joined on stage with Barney Bentall and Marty O’Reilly. Tickets start at just $49. Plus, all ticket buyers will be entered in a draw to win a pair of weekend passes to Cariboo Rocks the North 2019, scheduled for August 9th to 11th at Exhibition Park.
To find more events happening March make sure to follow the City of Prince George and Tourism Prince George event calendars. And make sure to watch for monthly event guides throughout 2019 that will be posted to the Move Up Prince George and Tourism Prince George blogs the first Wednesday of every month.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - VISITOR INFORMATION COUNSELLOR
About Tourism Prince George
Tourism Prince George Society operates as the destination marketing/management organization within the city of Prince George. Our team works closely with our local tourism partners to develop innovative campaigns that will drive visitation to Prince George.
Visitor Information Counsellor
Part-time summer employment runs from May to September 2019
The role of the Visitor Information Counsellor is to maximize the economic benefits of tourism by promoting tourism products and services. Reporting to the Manager, Visitor Services you will be responsible for the effective delivery of travel information to visitors that come through the Visitor Information Centre with the goal to extend their length of stay and ensure that they have a remarkable travel experience in the region.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provide accurate information on tourism products and services based on visitor requests regarding destinations, transportation, accommodation, options and costs, etc.
• Assist visitor inquiries in person, by phone, and via email and ensure visitor understanding of the information provided
• Provide mobile visitor services at local events and festivals throughout the season
• Promote and sell tourism products and services
• Book accommodations, transportation, etc. reservations using computerized reservation
• Develop a strong knowledge of Tourism Prince George’s stakeholders to best promote and sell their products and services
• Gather and record accurate visitor statistics
• Post current event information of interest to visitors and locals
• Participate in familiarization tours and stakeholder presentations
• Ensure brochure racks are fully stocked and resource materials are accurate and up-to-date
• Stock and sell retail merchandise and handle cash transactions
• Provide assistance and support to other Tourism Prince George departments and other administrative duties as required
• Comply with professional dress code and follow all Standard Operating Procedures as outlined for the Visitor Centre
• Currently a fulltime post-secondary student in an accredited institution
• Excellent customer service skills with previous front line sales experience
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Knowledge of local attractions, transportation and accommodations
• Knowledge of Prince George, surrounding areas and British Columbia
• Energetic, self-motivated, and results-oriented
• Ability to work in a fast paced environment and effectively multi-task
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Good organization skills with the ability to pay attention to detail
• Ability to take initiative in any given situation
• Must be computer literate with a working knowledge of social media tools
• Customer service certifications (ie. WorldHost, Destination BC’s VIC Certification) or post-secondary education in a related field is an asset
• Knowledge of a second language and a valid driver’s license is an asset but not required
• Must be flexible to work a variety of shifts including weekdays, weekends, and holidays
• Must be flexible to work mornings and evenings (Visitor Information seasonal hours are 8:00 am – 7:00 pm daily)
• Ability to lift 50 lbs
$13.85 per hour
Please email your resume and cover letter to Tourism Prince George at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15th, 2019. We thank all candidates in advance for their interest; however only those short listed will be contacted for an interview.
It’s been a chilly start to February in Prince George but luckily there are plenty of events happening this month to keep you warm, whether you want to huddle indoors and enjoy live entertainment or get outside and be active.
Fun for everyone at Downtown Winterfest
Downtown Winterfest is back! For the third year in a row, Downtown PG has organized a day of outdoor fun for everyone. Bring your hockey stick to join in the road hockey game, watch snow sport demonstrations, try out the ice slide, jump on the Cottonwood Express train and go for a ride, and check out spectacular snow and ice carvings. Make sure to bring your appetite as there’ll be an outdoor food court and a ‘There is S’More Downtown’ contest. Make sure to try all of the s’mores and vote for your favourites! If you’re getting a bit chilly, duck inside the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre to shop at fabulous exhibitors and local merchants taking part in the Winter Market.
Date: February 10, 2019 Location: Canada Games Plaza
Do something different for Valentine’s Day
If you’re looking for something different to do on Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of options for couples AND singles. Grab your dancing shoes and head to the Prince George Legion for a Valentine’s Dinner and Dance, get your family or friends together or take your partner to The Lost Love Letters – A Valentine Adventure, explore your artistic side with a Valentine Paint Night at Bellissima inside Aiden’s Coffee, or head to CrossRoads for a Valentine’s Day Mix and Mingle involving mix and mingle bingo, all you can eat pizza, a complimentary drink, and plenty of fun and games.
Date: February 14 and 15, 2019 Location: Various around town
Over the Line Snowball
Never heard of Over the Line, better known in Prince George as OTL? Then you’re in for a treat. This weekend-long tournament is basically softball played on the snow covered fields at Dillman’s Farm just west of Prince George. The weekend kicks off with a hospitality night before games are played all day Saturday and Sunday. Players have been known to dress up in colourful costumes and enjoy a few “beverages.” Registration for the event is over but you can still stop by to cheer on your favourite team. For more information about this event, check out the All Weather Fools Athletic Club Facebook page.
Date: February 15 – 17, 2019 Location: Dillman’s Farm
Experience Franco-Canadian culture at the Festival d’Hiver
Photo credit: Maja Swannie Jacob
The Festival d’Hiver is already underway but there’s still time to catch some of the action. Hosted every year by Le Cercle des Canadians Francais, this winter festival offers the best of Franco-Canadian culture. Events you can still enjoy include a meal for local seniors on February 7th at the Prince George Chateau at noon and Sugar Shack Day featuring brunch, old time fiddlers, live French folk band Les Rats d’Swampe, and maple syrup on February 9th at St. Mary’s Hall from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. More information about these events is available on Le Cercle des Canadiens Francais Facebook page.
Date: February 1 – 11, 2019 Location: Various around town
Watch the first play staged by Theatre NorthWest
Theatre NorthWest is revisiting its early years by bringing The Occupation of Heather Rose back to the stage. This was the first play staged by the theatre company 25 years ago. The play is described by Theatre NorthWest as beautiful, heartwarming and inspiring. It charts the growth in understanding of a naïve nurse working on the Snake Lake Reserve in Northern Ontario. You can buy your tickets online or at Books and Company.
Date: February 7 - 24, 2019 Location: Theatre NorthWest
Dress up for a night out with the Prince George Symphony
If you’re craving a night in and classical music, get your tickets for the German Masters presented by the Prince George Symphony Orchestra. This concert will begin with Bela Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances and end with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Canadian violinist Jasper Wood will play Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto between the opening and closing performances. Wood has performed with many of North America’s finest orchestras in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Buffalo and across Europe. He is also an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia.
Date: February 9, 2019 Location: PG Playhouse
2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships
Prince George will host its first international sporting event at Otway from February 15 – 24, 2019. The World Para Nordic Skiing Championships are held every two years after the Paralympic Winter Games and represent the pinnacle of achievement for para Nordic athletes. Prince George will host approximately 140 athletes from 20 different Nations and over 200 coaches and officials, and expects thousands of visitors to attend over the duration of the World Championships. This event will bring with it a significant economic impact and a lasting legacy to the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club and to Prince George.
Date: February 15 – 24, 2019 Location: Otway (Caledonia Nordic Ski Club)
Happy New Year from Tourism Prince George and Move Up Prince George! Keep reading to find out more about events taking place in January in Prince George.
String Beans – Kinder Concert:Join the Prince George Symphony Orchestra at the PG Playhouse on January 12, 2019 to experience the narrated story of the life cycle of string beans. This show features the Prince George Symphony Orchestra strings and woodwind musicians, as well as a fair ballerina. This educational concert is aimed at children aged three to eight, but is a fun activity for the whole family.
Nordic Winter Festival: A day full of fun family activities! Trail passes are free, as well as a discount on ski and snowshoe lessons. Two ski waxing demos will be offered in the stadium. Hot dogs and hot chocolate will be available at the gravel pit by donation. This great event will be occurring from 9 am until 2:30 pm on January 13, 2019.
Coldsnap Winter Music Festival: Every year, musicians from around the world descend on Prince George for a full week of entertainment. From the next big thing in indie rock, jazz veterans, Celtic, traditional folk, hip-hop, and beyond, Coldsnap is a unique blend of talent and performers. Coldsnap is more than just a music festival, it’s also a series of free workshops aimed at making music accessible to every member of the community. Coldsnap is powered by volunteers and has earned a reputation as a fan and performer favourite, and is regularly cited as one of best reasons to visit northern BC. Coldsnap runs from January 25 to February 2, 2019 at various venues around the City.
Kiwanis AleFest:Kiwanis AleFest is the great Northern BC craft beer festival, held annually on the last weekend of January. The festival features two Brewmaster’s Dinners, three tasting sessions and an all weekend Cask Beer Experience. Started in 2015, the event has had tremendous support from the community and has grown steadily each year. Hosted in the heart of the city, all events occur in downtown Prince George. The Brewmaster's Dinners will be held at the Ramada Plaza and the Coast Inn of the North, the cask beer experience at select downtown establishments, and the tasting sessions are at the Two Rivers Gallery.
FMX World Tour:The NITRO FMX World Tour is an extreme action sport competition that tours the USA, Canada, Mexico and select European countries. They will be at the CN Centre in Prince George on January 26, 2019. FMX features professional riders competing in an intense competition, throwing out some of the most death defying tricks ever seen. Superman Seat Grabs, Cliff Hangers, Kiss of Death, Back Flips, and Super Back Flip combinations are just some of the tricks that will be used to fight for the NITRO FMX World Tour Championship Title!
STOMP – the International Sensation:STOMP, the international percussion sensation, makes its Northern BC premiere at the CN Centre on Monday, January 28, 2019. From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into a world renowned show over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people.
December is just around the corner and it is time to get into the holiday spirit! Take a look at our list (and check it twice) to find out the best activities to do around Prince George leading up to Christmas.
The Festival of Trees: This annual holiday event is a fundraiser for the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation where Christmas trees are auctioned off. There is a gift shop, craft corner for kids, live music and dancing, and other special events. This fantastic event ends on December 2.
Craft Fairs and Markets: A great way to do some Christmas shopping and support local is to head to a craft fair or market this holiday season. Click the link to see our blog post including a list of local craft fairs: Prince George Craft Fairs. If you’re looking for something a little different visit the local Omineca Holiday Market, on December 7.
Holiday performances: One of the best ways to get into the Christmas spirit is by checking out a holiday themed show. Wonderland presented by Cirque Musica is a concert and visual experience, taking place on December 15 at the CN Centre. Audiences will journey into a world of high-flying adventure with amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer.
Check out a Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol presented by Judy Russell will take place from December 13 to 22 at the PG Playhouse.
The Prince George Symphony Orchestra will be performing Handel’s Messiah on December 15th at Vanier Hall.
Candy Cane Lane: Every year, the residents of McKenzie Avenue and Aitken Crescent turn their streets into Candy Cane Lane. Once the sun sets these locals turn on their lights to turn their neighborhood into a magical Christmas scene and invite the public to walk around and take in the holiday.
Railway and Forestry Museum Celebration of Lights: The Celebration of Lights is returning to the Railway and Forestry Museum this holiday season! Take a walk through time as you enjoy over 100,000 lights and displays throughout the eight-acre park. Several rail cars and coaches will be lit both inside and outside for you to enjoy. This event will run from December 18-24 and again from December 27-30. Admission is free of December 18 with donation of a non-perishable food item.
Special Hockey Games: On December 2, the Prince George Cougars will be holding their annual Un-Teddy Bear Toss with a new twist. Instead of stuffed animals, the Cougars are asking fans to throw warm winter clothes (in a bag) on the ice when the Cougars score their first goal. On December 14, the Prince George Spruce Kings are holding their annual Drop the Gloves Night. This annual event is similar to the Cougar’s game as the Kings are also asking fans to bring bagged warm clothes and toss them onto the ice when the Spruce Kings score their first goal.
Caledonia Nordic’s Santa Ski: Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and their elves will be out at the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club on December 16. This great family event will give you an opportunity to check out Otway and see Santa! Non-members will need to pick up a free pass at the Rotary Lodge and everyone is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, unwrapped gifts, or cash donations for the Prince George Salvation Army Food Bank.
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