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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.
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.
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.
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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