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June might just be the perfect month in Prince George. It’s a great time to be outdoors because the weather is excellent and everyone is smiling as the city says goodbye to winter and hello to spring and summer. Plus, schools aren’t out yet so there are no crowds to contend with. With all that going for it, here are five reasons to love Prince George in June:
1. Patios: June is the month to grab your sunglasses, find a sunny table, and start enjoying dining al fresco! It’s warm enough that you won’t need that extra layer, but not so hot that you need to worry about burning. And with no crowds, you won’t have to wait for a table. Several of Prince George’s locally-owned restaurants have outdoor seating, including Alpine Pub & Grill, Betulla Burning, B X Neighbourhood Pub, Cimo Mediterranean Grill, CrossRoads Brewing, and Northern Lights Estate Winery. What could be better than lunch, a drink, or appies outside?
2. Off-leash dog parks: You don’t have to own a dog to enjoy a stroll through two of Prince George’s finest parks, and the June weather makes them even better. Nestled between Foothills Blvd., Otway Rd., and 1st Ave., Moore’s Meadow Nature Park is a real gem that bears the namesake of an early pioneer settler of Prince George. There are several kilometers of trails through the forest surrounding the main meadow area, where mowed paths cut through over half a kilometer of tall grass and wildflowers. In Ginter’s Meadow, named after the guy who popularized pull-tab beer cans, a (wide and flat) paved walking path connects three main parking areas/entrances at the western ends of Ferry Ave., Massey Dr., and 18 Ave. Feeling more adventurous? Trails leading up and out of Ginter’s Meadow connect it to the UNBC trail system and, from there, to Forests for the World, which is a fantastic (but not off-leash) park in its own right. In both Moore’s and Ginter’s there are large designated areas where your pooch is allowed to run wild (but under control, please!). Just remember to do the right thing and clean up after your pet. There are free poop bags and trash cans throughout both parks.
3. Local craft beer, cider, and fruit wine: Looking to wet your whistle? Prince George has excellent locally-owned offerings to suit all tastes. Trench Brewing features a variety of fine craft beers and cider in its spacious tasting room, and offers several snack options if you’re looking for some nosh. Want a bigger meal? Try CrossRoads Brewing, where you can pair their craft beers with pizzas from an Italian wood-fired oven, as well as sandwiches, pasta dishes, and more. Or visit Northern Lights Estate Winery, which offers a refined selection of fruit wines made from estate-grown fruit, and a variety of sophisticated tapas, salads, sandwiches, and entrées. Their chic tasting room, bistro, and patio are situated on banks of the Nechako River and offer stunning views of their orchard, with the river below. If you want to take the party to go, both Trench and CrossRoads offer growler fills, and the tasting room at Northern Lights sells their wines by the bottle.
4. Rivers: Prince George has two rivers, and taking a sunny stroll through the many parks and greenbelts situated along them are part of what makes June so special here. Did you know that you can walk from the Cameron St. Bridge all the way to Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park? The 5 km walk along the southern bank of the Nechako River and western bank of the Fraser River takes you through Kiwanis Park and Cottonwood Island Nature Park along the way, and the views of the river are a relaxing way to spend any morning, afternoon, or evening – or your lunch hour! Further upriver on the Nechako are Wilkins Regional Park and the new Nechako Riverside Park on Foothills Blvd., both of which have picnic areas in view of the river, and then there’s Wilson Park to the southeast. And don’t forget the fantastic overlooks from LC Gunn Park on the eastern bank of the Fraser. With so many options, get out and enjoy a river walk before the crowds show up!
5. Trees: Trees are everywhere in Prince George, and June is the perfect time to appreciate them. There are new buds, leaves, and beautiful flowers on the deciduous trees, and the recent rain has caused big splashes of colour all over town. From the furtive faces carved by Elmer Gunderson into the big trees in Cottonwood Island Nature Park, to the endless wooded hills seen when driving south on Foothills Blvd., and all the neighbourhood parks and green spaces in between, being surrounded by trees is one of the best parts of being in Prince George, so get outside and enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of spring! Be sure to keep an eye out (and your ears open) for all the migratory birds that have returned to Prince George for the spring and summer.
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