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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.
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)
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.
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!
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!
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 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:
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.
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.
St Patrick’s Day 2018
St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and Prince George is ready to celebrate! Keep reading to learn about the 14 we’re most excited for, including a unique “brew-ski” at Caledonia Nordic Centre!
1. Brew-Ski: Caledonia Nordic and CrossRoads Brewing are hosting a “poker run” style Brew-Ski! Ski to five locations for beer tasters and a playing card in an effort to get the best poker hand and win the grand prize!
2. Kiss Me, I’m Irish – St Patrick’s Day Party with Rick Stavely: Dance the night away at Fore Bistro with live music from Rick Stavely and a variety of drink specials. Tickets are just $10.
3. Paddy’s Day: The Black Clover is ready to show off their Irish roots and welcomes everyone to join them. Get swag, win prizes, and enjoy live music from Dustin Keillor.
4. Shamrock Shaker 2018: Party in the Roll-A-Dome for an epic night of shenanigans, beer, and awesome music from DJ Darkness and Joe Latino.
5. Shamrock Shaker at Lambda Cabaret: Celebrate St Patty’s Day with Lambda Cabaret and enjoy some of the cheapest drinks in town and food available past midnight. Admission just $10 at the door.
6. St Patrick’s Day at Alibis: Party all night long (or at least from 7pm until 3am) at Alibis. They’re going green and you’re invited to join them!
7. St Patrick’s Day at Don Cherry’s: Join the party at Don Cherry’s! Enjoy Irish tunes, green beer, and good times all day long.
8. St Patrick’s Day at Nelly’s Pub: Everyone’s Irish on St Patrick’s Day and Nelly’s Pub invites you to join them. They’ll have green beer, Irish shots, Irish cocktails, and live music from Killbillies and DJ Dave. No cover.
9.St Patrick’s Day at The Westwood Pub: The Westwood Pub knows how to party and St Patrick’s Day is no different! They’ll be pouring green beer all day, featuring great food and drink specials, and giving away swag and prizes.
10. St Patrick’s Day Celebrations: The dance floor at Heartbreakers will be packed with Audio Union playing live all night long. There will be door prizes, costume prizes, and drink specials. Get your tickets at Alfredo’s Liquor Store.
11. St Patrick’s Day at Copper Pig BBQ: Come to the Copper Pig for a fun night filled with Irish inspired food, drink, and music. Live music will be performed by the Royal Canadian Legion Pipe Band and The Statistics. No tickets. No cover. Just a great night of food and friends.
12. St Patrick’s Party at Sonar: Sonar will be serving up green beer, cheap drink specials, and delicious food. Dance to music from two different DJs on separate floors. Come dressed in your best green costume for your chance to win a prize. Tickets are $10 at the door.
13. St Patrick's Day at CrossRoads Brewing: Celebrate CrossRoads' first anniversary and St Patrick's Day all at once! Their enclosed heated patio will be open, live music starts at 3pm, new beers will be on tap, and there will be special St Patrick's Day Casks.
14. St Patrick's Day at Nancy O's: There will be plenty of Guinness flowing at Nancy O's, complimented by a special Irish Food Menu, including Fish n' Chips. No cover.
Visit tourismpg.com/events/st-patty's-day to learn more details (like times) about all these events.
No matter what you get up to this St Patty's day weekend, we hope you have lots of fun and stay safe!
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