Want to check out some great local vendors?

Keep reading to see the locations of the upcoming Craft Fairs in and around Prince George.

See one that’s missing? Let us know and we we'll add it to our list!

 

Nov 9-11: Elks Community Hall – PG Holiday Makers Market
Nov 10-11: Handy Circle Resource Centre at the Aimhi - Prince George Association for Community Living
Nov 11-12: DP Todd Secondary School

Nov 17-18: Nukko Lake Community Hall
Nov 17-18: Ferndale Community Hall – East Line Market Craft Fair
Nov 17: Immaculate Conception School

Nov 24-25: Kelly Road Secondary School

Dec 1-2: Duchess Park Secondary School
Dec 1: Two Rivers Art Gallery – Artisans Fair

Dec 15: Winterfest Market (Civic Centre)

The snow has started to fall, but there’s still lots of activities to do before it sticks. Keep reading to learn about the six things you should do before the ground is covered in the white stuff!

Visit Cottonwood Island Park – This 32-hectare park has trails that wind along the Nechako River and tree bark carvings along many its paths. Take advantage of the low streamflow and walk across the river. You may even be able to reach Goat Island!

Go Fishing – Did you know there are more than 1600 lakes and rivers within a 100km radius of Prince George? Before you head out, stop by Tourism Prince George and borrow a fishing rod, basic tackle, a life jacket, and our handy Top 10 Fishing Destinations brochure.

Check out the Ancient Forest/ChunT’oh Whudujut – Located approximately 115km east of Prince George, the Ancient Forest is a great place to visit in the fall! The universally accessible boardwalk provides access for people with all abilities to this thousand-year-old forest filled with western red cedars and over 400 plant species.
 
Try Horseback Riding - Horseback riding offers a new way to experience the beauty of being outdoors. While riding, let your horse pay attention to the trail, so you can focus on the nature around you. Allow yourself to soak in the experience in a magnified way. El Shaddai Ranch, about 15 minutes south of Prince George, is a great place to get in the saddle. They will remain open until the snow sticks!
 
Visit Masich Place – If you haven’t had the chance to check out the newest sport facility in Prince George be sure to do it soon! Masich Place will be closing on November 10, 2018 (provided there isn’t a large snowfall before then) for the winter. Click here to see what events are happening and when it’s open to the public: Masich Place
 
Go for a Bike Ride – Although fat bikes are now available to help navigate through snow, if you want to get out with your summer ride, you should hurry. Not sure where to go? Stop by Tourism Prince George and we’ll help you find the perfect spot for a pedal.

If you’re looking for specific events check out our website: tourismpg.com/events

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.

Job Description
We are seeking a passionate, creative and detail-oriented individual to join our dynamic team. Reporting to the Manager, Marketing & Communications, this position will create and maintain marketing content and assist with corporate communications in alignment with Tourism Prince George’s corporate strategies and marketing plan.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Create compelling written and visual content for online and print communications
• Manage and monitor daily social media account activity and engage community users (locals, future visitors, current visitors and past visitors) on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest 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 familiarization and media tours
• Aid in the collection and organization of digital assets
• Create and maintain stakeholder database
• Maintain website content including Tourism Prince George’s event calendar
• Create and maintain stakeholder relations and communications content for business to business development through the distribution of the Society’s monthly e-newsletter
• Encourage the use of social media by local stakeholders, as well as educate and assist them with initial planning and implementation
• Represent Tourism Prince George at industry trade shows, events and festivals and assist in the coordination of the same
• 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 display advertising
• Assist with Tourism Prince George’s industry events such as the Northern BC Tourism Summit, Tourism Week events, industry workshops, and stakeholder meetings

Qualifications:
• Post-secondary degree or diploma in marketing, communications, or a similar program
• 2+ years experience in marketing, communications 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, FourSquare, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest
• General understanding of current online and traditional marketing concepts and best practices
• Knowledge of SEO techniques and CMS (Drupal) administration
• 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, Sprout Social, Nitrogram and Hashtracking considered an asset
• Experience with Adobe Creative Suite programs an asset
• Fluency in another language and/or 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.


Application Process:
Please submit your resume and cover letter to Tourism Prince George at admin@tourismpg.com by Friday, November 9th, 2018 at 4:30 pm.  No phone calls please.

We thank all candidates in advance for their interest; however only those short-listed will be contacted for an interview.

Halloween 2018 in Prince George

Halloween is just around the corner and Prince George is ready to get spooked!
Keep reading to learn about five events that we’re excited for, including Two Rivers Gallery’s annual fundraising party!


1. Menagerie: Adrift in Space: The eighth incarnation of the Two Rivers Gallery’s Halloween fundraising event is happening on October 27. Join them for an evening filled with entertainment, food, fun, and games.


2. Halloween Spooktacular: Enter the homestead...if you dare! This bone-chilling, hair-raising event is taking place on October 26 and 27 at Huble Homestead! Find a flashlight, make sure your footwear is waterproof, and put together a costume to handle the elements.


3. Haunted Maze: Prince George's haunted maze is back for another year in the 4-H Barn at the CN Centre Fairgrounds. Admission is by donation with monetary donations going towards PG Search and Rescue and food donations going to St. Vincent de Paul.

  • Child friendly Sundays: October 21, 28: 11am-3pm
  • Intermediate Scare: October 19, 20, 26, 27: 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • Advanced Scare: October 19, 20, 26, 27: 7:45pm -11pm, and October 31: 7:00pm - 10:30pm,

4. College Heights Community Association Halloween Haunted Journey:
Come enjoy some spooky fun on Saturday October 27th at the Columbus Community Centre. The popular Cake Walk returns with some new
Halloween games and a haunted house!

  • $3 per person (cash only)
  • For children 12 and under, must be accompanied by an adult.

5. “Paint the Town Red” Old Hollywood Style: On October 27 you can have a great dinner, enjoy some dancing and support a great cause! Positive Living North is hosting their “Paint the Town Red” night at the Coast Inn of the North – prize for best costume!

This contest has now closed! We would like to thank everyone who submitted a form.

If you would still like to attend the Northern BC Tourism Summit, click the click below to head to their website!

Northern BC Tourism Summit

 


 

Tourism Prince George is excited to offer complimentary registration for a select number of participants to the Northern BC Tourism Summit. If you wish to be entered in the giveaway to attend the summit in Prince George on October 11-12, 2018, please fill out the attached form and submit to social@tourismpg.com.
 
To be eligible for the giveaway you or your organization must NOT have attended the Northern BC Tourism Summit in the past two years and your organization must have a role in the tourism industry in Prince George.
 
The form must be completed and submitted by 3pm on September 24, 2018 to be eligible for the giveaway. 

If you have any questions please contact Colin Carson, Project Manager at 250-649-3213 or social@tourismpg.com.
Giveaway Form

 

2018 Northern BC Tourism Summit
This year's event will be held October 11-12, 2018 in Prince George and is the only gathering of tourism stakeholders in the entire Northern BC region.
The Northern BC Tourism Summit updates tourism stakeholders on regional and provincial tourism marketing, tourism development results, and tourism development programs. It also shares best practices and new technologies that can be found in BC and beyond. 

Speakers include: Bruce Kirkby, Explorer, Writer, and Travel Channel host/producer, Matthew Luhn, Original Story Creator at Pixar Animation, The honorable Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Maya Lange, Vice President of Global Marketing at Destination BC, and Barinder Rasode of Niche Canada.

View the entire agenda to learn about the other sessions.

 

Visit the Northern BC Tourism Summit's Webpage
Brett Connolly is bringing the Stanley Cup to Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE, BC- Hockey fans in Prince George have a chance to see the Stanley Cup on Monday. Prince George Cougars alumnus Brett Connolly is bringing the Stanley Cup to the CN Centre on Monday, for a Stanley Cup Celebration.

The celebration, which is free to the public, is set to begin at 12 pm sharp on Monday, inside the CN Centre; doors will open at 10 am. Some fans will have an opportunity to get their picture taken with Brett Connolly and the Stanley Cup after a short rally at ice level.

Prince George Minor Hockey kids, wearing their jerseys, are invited to a “kids only” area in front of the stage at the celebration.

Fans still have an opportunity to win two VIP backstage experiences and numerous Brett Connolly and Washington Capitals autographed memorabilia, through silent auctions and raffles, which will be open to the public at 9 am, at the front entrance of the CN Centre. All proceeds from the silent auctions and raffles will go to the Brock Hirsche Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Lethbridge.

There’s still time to go to the Cougars’ website and bid on a VIP package for four (4), that includes exclusive backstage access during the Stanley Cup celebration, a private picture with the Stanley Cup and Brett Connolly plus autograph merchandise. The silent auction will close 12 pm on Friday.

There will also be a draw for the same VIP package, with a suggested minimum of a $5 donation for a ticket. Draw tickets are available, by donation, at the Cougars office or the TicketsNorth box office until 4 pm Friday.
There will be other opportunities to win autographed merchandise at the event.
A large turnout is expected for Brett Connolly’s Stanley Cup Celebration, so fans are encouraged to arrive early to have a chance to get a picture with the Stanley Cup.

Canada Day in Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park

Canada Day 2018 Celebrations

Canada Day is just around the corner and there are many ways to celebrate our incredible country in Prince George on July 1. Keep reading to learn about the three main celebratory events happening in the Prince George area.

Canada Day in the Park: Annually held in Lheildi T’enneh Memorial Park, this is Prince George’s largest celebration of Canada Day. Hosted by the Multicultural Heritage Society, this day will include live entertainment starting at 11am and ending with a performance of Legally Blonde: the musical (which will begin at 5:30pm). Other performances will include the Khast’an Drum Group, Ukrainian Dancers, Spanish Dance, Excalibur Theatre, and many more. Numerous kids activities will be held in the new pavilion thanks to support from Two Rivers Gallery and Navy League of Canada 158 Grizzly. Throughout the park will be a beach volleyball tournament, kidsport model-t photo booth, Guru Nanak Darbar Turban Demo, more than one dozen food booths, and information booths. To end the day, a fireworks display will begin at 11pm from Connaught Hill.
View the detailed schedule of events here.

The Exploration Place Celebrates Canada Day: Also located in Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park, The Exploration Place will be hosting multiple events throughout the day. Activities include the Science Alliance Fundraising BBQ from 10am-4pm, admission by donation to their galleries, free short science and robotics demonstrations (11am, 12pm is cake time, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm), visit the Historic South Fort George Schoolhouse, free urban garden activities for kids, and free rides on the Little Prince Steam Engine (weather permitting) from 12pm-5pm.

Dominion Day at Huble Homestead: Step back in time and experience how pioneers in the region would have celebrated the occasion more than one hundred years ago. Things kick-off at 10am with a pancake breakfast, a BBQ at noon, old-fashioned games, Dominion Day birthday cake will be served at three different times throughout the day, and you can take part in heritage demonstrations like making butter and ice cream. Learn about making tea from local plants and watch blacksmithing demonstrations. Lots of fun and informative activities will be taking place from 10am to 4pm. Admission is by donation with a suggested donation of $10 per family.

Looking for another historic place to celebrate Dominion Day? Barkerville is offering unique and engaging events all day long - including a complimentary dance from 7pm to 11pm with the Milburn Mountain Band. Visit their website to learn more: http://www.barkerville.ca/dominionday/

In most parts of BC, May Long Weekend is eagerly anticipated and signals the beginning of camping season and days spent doing activities. Keep reading to learn about some great activities to do this weekend and what campgrounds are open in the Prince George area (hint: almost all of them!)

Top 8 Activities to do this Weekend (May 18-21):

1. Visit Huble Homestead for Spring on the Homestead (May 20 & 21): Kick off the 2018 season by learning about different tasks that pioneers completed to ensure the rest of the year was a success. Activities include planting the garden, making ice cream, and the May-Pole dance. There will also be a treasure hunt to complete and local music to enjoy.

2. Take a Ride on The Little Prince: Saturday, May 19 is The Little Prince’s first day on the tracks in 2018 (weather permitting)! Visit The Exploration Place in Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park and enjoy this classic and affordable ride. Tickets range from $1 to $3.50 per person. The train will be operating from 12pm-8pm. Enjoy some Frozen Paddle Ice Cream from the Scoop Shop while you’re there.
Update:  We just learned through The Exploration Place's Facebook Page that The Little Prince will be delayed from opening this weekend. Visit their Facebook post to learn more. The good news is that they will still be selling Frozen Paddle ice cream!

3. Visit a Park: Prince George has so many incredible and beautiful parks to enjoy. Some favourites include Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park, Connaught Hill Park, Wilson Park, Rainbow Park, Wilkins Park, and Goodsir Nature Park. All of these places make for a great place to enjoy a picnic and the beautiful weather.

4. Shop at the Farmers’ Market(s): Pick up fresh, local food for your picnic in the above mentioned parks from either of the two Farmers’ Markets in Prince George on Saturday. Both Markets are in new, spacious, and welcoming locations: the Prince George Farmers’ Market is at 3rd Avenue and Quebec Street (inside and outside) and the WS Farmers’ Market is at Pine Centre, outside of the old Sears location.

5. Go Fishing: Gather family and friends and spend some time at the lake. The Prince George Visitor Centre loans out fishing rods and tackle for free, all you need to do is have your fishing license. Stop by, pick up your gear, and head out to the lake. Not sure where to go? We also have a handy pamphlet featuring ten fishing lakes in the Prince George area available at the Visitor Centre or online.

6. Enjoy Horseback Riding: Just thirty minutes south of downtown Prince George is El Shaddai Ranch. Call ahead and book a lovely two hour trail ride with a friendly herd of horses. Your ride will weave through meadows and forests and a viewpoint of the Baldy Hughes area (a perfect place to take pictures).

7. Join the Prince George Sikh community as they celebrate Vaisakhi: There will be a colourful parade starting at Guru Nanak Darbar (4298 Davis Road) at 10am and will stop at the CN Centre from 12-2pm. At the CN Centre there will be announcements, displays, and food booths (including samosas, pizza, and sweets). This parade celebrates the Sikh New Year and founding of Khalsa, Order of Sikhism.

8. Go Camping! Here are all the campgrounds that are currently open:

  • North: Hartway RV Park, Northland RV Park, Summit Lake Resort, and Crooked River Provincial Park.
  • East: Purden Lake Resort and Purden Lake Provincial Park.
  • South: Sintich RV Park, Northern Experience RV Park, Bee Lazee RV Park, Mama Yeh RV Park, Stone Creek RV Park, Canyon Creek Campground, and Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park.
  • West: Blue Cedars Campground.

 Since this weekend is such a popular camping weekend we strongly suggest calling ahead to make reservations to all private campgrounds.

Note: West Lake Campground opens on June 1. Salmon Valley Campground will also open in June.

Whatever you do this long weekend, we hope you have fun enjoying Prince George and stay safe. Need to brush up on your knowledge around having a safe campfire? Check out our recent post with information from the Government of BC regarding fire safety. 

Celebrate your mother this Mother's Day!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and there’s lots of unique things happening to show your mom how much you appreciate her.  Brunch is a popular choice and a great way to spoil mom (and yourself). Not in the mood for brunch? Spend some time making pottery at Carlson Pottery or go for a picnic at your favourite city park (FYI: Connaught Hill is now open).

Keep reading to learn about five things happening this weekend for Mother's Day.


Dandy Lines: Celebrate your mom with Dandy Lines on Saturday, May 12. Emily Jane Photography will be taking images at the pop-up photobooth, florals will be on hand from Something Blue Floral, Fabulous Cakes by Jenn will be providing mini cupcakes and there will be giveaways.

Mother’s Day Mug Class: Spend quality time with your mom while making a mug or a vase during a two hour class at Carlson Pottery. Cost is $29 per person and you can register online at carlsonpottery.com/classes.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Cornerstone Kitchen and Lounge: Join the Ramada for their annual Mother’s Day Brunch. There will be lots of food options, including a custom crepe station, custom omelette station, and desserts. Three seatings are available and cost varies between $15.99 (for kids under 12) to $29.99 (for adults).

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at Fore Bistro: Fore Bistro is offering a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet with numerous food options including pastries, a seafood bar, a salad bar, crepe station (with flambéed fruit), carved baron of beef, and a variety of desserts. Reservations are required for the three seatings. Cost is $24.95 for adults, $12.50 for kids 12 and under, and free for children under 5.

Winston’s Mother’s Day Brunch: Treat your Mom to a fantastic spread including a Starter Breakfast Buffet (filled with parfaits and pastries) and a delicious entrée, and ending with a decadent dessert. Three seatings are available and cost is $29.95.

City views from LC Gunn Park

On Friday (May 4) we visited a few of Prince George’s most popular walking areas to learn if the trails still had snow, were muddy, or were dry. We visited Cottonwood Island Park, Forests for the World/Shane Lake, and LC Gunn Park. While we only walked to the first lookout at LC Gunn Park, that trail seemed to be in the best condition following winter.

Keep reading to learn a little more about the conditions at each location and to see some pictures.

 Cottonwood Island Nature Park

A perennial favourite, Cottonwood Island Park is a great place to visit for a lovely stroll along the Nechako and Fraser Rivers. We parked in the parking lot beside the Railway and Forestry Museum and started off across the Cameron Street Bridge Replica to the Nechako River. 

 

The trail varied between being slightly wet to muddy but in places where the trail is paved it seemed a little better. We did not walk the all of the trails but we anticipate that some detours may be in place due to the high level of water in the rivers. Keep your family and pets safe by not getting too close to the river bank as it may be unstable.

 

Overall, Cottonwood Island Park is always a lovely place to visit and the mud would not prevent us from going back (we’d just make sure to have good shoes on).
Note: During the spring melt, the rivers may surpass the riverbanks and flood the park. Visit the Parks, Trails, and Field Closures  section of the City of Prince George's website to see if Cottonwood Island Park or any other of your favourite recreational areas are closed.

Forests for the World

We took the quick walk from the parking lot on Kueng Road to Shane Lake and the trail still had some snow and puddles on it. There was one point where a large puddle covered the majority of the trail and we had to skirt along the path’s edge to keep our feet dry. However, Shane Lake is completely ice free and next time we’ll have fishing rods so we can cast into the lake from one of two docks.
Don't have your own fishing gear? We loan out rods and basic tackle for free, all you need is a fishing license!

Forests for the World can also be accessed from a parking lot near the University of Northern BC on University Way. We walked a short distance down this wide and well-maintained trail and the conditions that we experienced were surprisingly dry, better than the trail from Kueng Road to Shane Lake.  However, we did not follow the trail all the way to Shane Lake, so we’re not sure on its condition as it weaves through Forests for the World.

LC Gunn Park

Located just across the Yellowhead Bridge going east from Prince George, LC Gunn Park gives hikers wide views of Prince George, Connaught Hill, and the iconic Prince George cutbanks. Due to time we only walked to the first viewpoint and the trail was the driest we had seen all day.  While we were there we saw some people out for a bike ride with their dogs and the dogs didn’t seem too muddy, so we’re thinking the rest of the trail is in a similar condition.

 

Do you know about the condition of other parks and trails in Prince George? We’re also eager to know which lakes are completely free of ice. Let us know by tagging your photos with #takeonPG on Instagram and Twitter or posting them to our Facebook Page.

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