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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!
For the People: Kym Gouchie and Northern Sky
Live at the PG Playhouse
With Special Guests Marcel Gagnon and Saltwater Hank
Kym Gouchie and Northern Sky will be performing at the Prince George Playhouse on March 16th, 2018. In coordination with Mad Loon Entertainment, 6ix Sigma Productions, and Russell A/V, this performance will be filmed and made into a live concert documentary film featuring 30-45 minutes of original music and exclusive interview content. Intended to be recorded in the same style as the legendary Live at Massey Hall series of recordings, this concert film will be a one of a kind project, not yet completed by any artist in Prince George.
Kym Gouchie’s band, Northern Sky, is comprised of Naomi Kavka, Danny Bell, Jeremy Pahl, Amy Blanding, and Corbin Spensley. This all-star lineup has been developing a sound with Kym that is both large and graceful. Five-part harmonies, strings, and thumping drums provide a beautiful soundscape behind Kym’s powerful voice and message.
The concert will also have the musical support of Juno-nominated recording artist Marcel Gagnon and esteemed local folk artist Saltwater Hank, rounding out the evening to include a full three sets of incredible music. A celebration of three local indigenous artists with nation-wide reach, this event is sure to bring the community together for an evening that won't soon be forgotten.
Location: The Prince George Playhouse
Date: March 16, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20.00 + tax/service fee through Central Interior Tickets either online at https://tickets.centralinteriortickets.com/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent207.html. Or In Person at Handsome Cabin Boy Tattoo (1616 20 Ave).
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and some celebrations are starting this weekend!
Keep reading to learn about four Valentine’s Day celebrations happening this weekend and three happening on Valentine’s Day.
Happening this weekend:
Happening on Valentine’s Day:
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