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)

 

For more events happening in February, make sure to follow the City of Prince George and Tourism Prince George event calendars.

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.

Hello, my name is Ellie, and I am a 2.5-year-old Husky/Collie/Shepard. I will be telling tails of my experiences at the dog parks in Prince George and give you some insight on which ones are best suited for your furry companion.

Before I get started, here are some general rules about the City’s off-leash areas:

  • Dogs must remain under their owner's control and supervision.
  • With the exception of designated off-leash park areas and private property, all pets must be on a leash in the City of Prince George.
  • Owners must carry a leash with them at all times.
  • Please use the pet waste stations.
  • Please observe the pet etiquette rules below and all other rules and regulations when visiting a park with pets.

 

Corporal Darren Fitzpatrick Bravery Park: This is Prince George’s newest dog park and is located on Glenview Drive in the Hart. I like going here when I’m in the mood to play with other dogs. Furtunately, there are two separate areas so I can play with the dogs that are more my size and energy level. The park also has some great perks for humans including a skate park and playground.

Duchess Park: This is another park where I visit when I want to play. Duchess Park, like Corporal Darren Fitzpatrick Bravery Park, has two distinct fenced areas: one for big dogs and one for small dogs. This is a wonderful spot located near downtown, and even has a water fountain for us dogs! With a mini bike track and a fully accessible playground there’s mush to see and do at this park.

 

Moore's Meadow Nature Park: This is a great spot to hit the paws button and escape the bustle of the day-to-day. Be sure to keep us on-leash while on the park’s trails, then let us off-leash once in the open meadow. This is the best place in town to fully stretch my legs! There are a few different access points to get to Moore’s Meadow, Foothills Boulevard and Zimmaro Avenue are two of the best.

Ginter's Meadow: Ginter’s Meadow is the park I go to most often! You can access the off-leash area via parking lots at the end of Massey Drive or Ferry Avenue. This park has a paved path where my owners’ can walk while a chase rocks and sticks in the long grass or snow, depending on the season. If you take the path up the hill, you will find the remnants of Ginter’s mansion, and a seasonal stream to stop at for a drink. I recommended heading here in the morning or early afternoon, to stay in the sun.

For more infurmation on these parks, check out the City’s website here: Prince George Dog Parks

Caledonia Nordic Ski Club: In the winter, I love heading out to the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club! They have approximately 8 km of dog friendly trails that are located 400 m east of the main facility. This is a great place to spend a winter morning or afternoon with your fur-legged companion. If you want more information, check out their website here: https://www.caledonianordic.com/trails-facilities/dog-friendly-trails

If you’ve got a favourite spot that I forgot, let me know and I will make sure to check it out with my owner!

Do you need a hot drink in a cozy café to escape the cold? Keep reading to find out our favourite coffee spots around Prince George.

 

  • Zoe’s Java House: Pop by and try one of Zoe’s specialty coffees or fresh fruit smoothies. If you’re a bit hungry, they offer delectable baked sweets, muffins and scones. Zoe’s Java House has a tasty lunch selection including gourmet paninis and sandwiches, soups, vegetarian chili and even an assortment of delicious gluten-free items.

 

  • Café Voltaire: Located inside Books & Company, Café Voltaire is quaint and comfortable. Settle in with a book and delicious beverage for a lazy afternoon's read, meet up with friends for coffee and pastries, or stop in to grab a delicious lunch special.

 

  • Ritual Coffee Bar: Ritual Coffee Bar pours fresh craft coffee and espresso out of their downtown Prince George location. They also serve breakfast, which include delicious and innovative toast or breakfast bowls, and lunch consisting of some great open faced sandwiches. Lots of vegetarian friendly options!

 

  • Margo’s Café: Margo's Café is a busy coffee shop located in the heart of Prince George's downtown business area. They offer a variety of homemade baked goods and their soups, salads, wraps, and sandwiches are made from scratch. They also provide a large selection of hot and cold beverages to kickstart your day with caffeine.

 

  • Playgrounds Café: Playgrounds is an inviting and stylish family friendly café focused on quality products and service. In addition, they offer a staffed, interactive, indoor play centre where children have the freedom to learn, imagine, create, and make friends. This is a great spot for a warm drink and a baked good, while your little one burns off some energy!

 

  • Aiden’s Coffee & Confections: This newly opened coffee shop is located inside Bellissima at the Hart Shopping Centre. They offer a variety of fancy coffees and baked goods, that are sure to please. This is a great spot to warm up after hitting the slopes at the Hart Ski Hill.

 

Let us know you're favourite spot for a warm beverage!

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

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