Today's post is all about my hometown. Now I won't be diving into the history of Prince George or anything like that but I am going to create a list of cool activities that you can do within Prince George and the surrounding area. Let's start off this post with stuff just in Prince George that you can do. I am going to try and give a mix of outdoor activities as well as indoor activities.
Forest for the World
Forests For The World is a 106-hectare demonstration forest with 15 kilometres of nature trails. The park was created to commemorate the City of Prince George's 70th Anniversary and to celebrate the City's participation in Expo 86. The topography and elevated high point of land (approximately 880 metres) at Forests for The World offers scenic views of the Prince George area. Shane Lake is a short, 10-minute walk from the main Forests For The World parking lot. This small lake is features a picnic area, dock, and observation deck.
Cottonwood Island Park
Cottonwood Island Nature Park is open year-round. This 32-hectare park is part of the Heritage River Trail System and connects a number of other parks along the Nechako and Fraser rivers. The trails wind along the Nechako River's shoreline and lead into a forest containing many century-old trees.
Northern Lights Estate Winery
Northern Lights Estate Winery (NLEW), a division of Family Fast Foods Ltd. started construction in 2013 with the intention of being BC’s most northern winery. NLEW determined that it would produce a variety of fruit wines and blends using fruits primarily produced on site including blueberry, strawberry, haskap, gooseberry, apple, cherry, raspberry, black currant, and rhubarb in order to capitalize on local materials and climate. The orchard was built to include over 2 acres of land at the bottom of the Nechako cutbanks and leading up to the banks of the Nechako River. The production facility and wine tasting room were built on the bank the Nechako River and overlook the orchard and the downtown of Prince George, BC.
Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre
Discover local history, explore hands-on science, and learn from a multitude of exhibits and galleries. The Exploration Place features traditional and interactive displays that let visitors uncover dinosaur bones as an amateur paleontologist, learn about the history of the Lheidli T'enneh, or watch live animals and reptiles. The 2,137 square metre destination also has special programming, field trips, events, and kids' camps. During the summer, the Exploration Place is home to the Little Prince Steam Engine Railway and Ice Cream Shop.
Prince George is home to 6 golf courses. Alder Hills Golf Course (18 holes), Aberdeen Glen Golf Course, Prince George Golf and Curling Club, Aspen Grove Golf Course (18 holes), Pine Valley Golf Course (18 holes) and Links of Maggie May (9 holes).
Central BC Railway & Forestry Museum
The Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum is home to many locomotives, rolling stock and heritage railway buildings. Most are open to visitors to go into and explore. Many of the pieces were used in rail lines that pass through or are connected to Central BC. These include; the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, Canadian National Railway, Pacific Great Eastern Railway and BC Rail. The collection also contains a large amount of forestry equipment which was used in both logging and processing lumber in local operations. They also have a selection of archival holdings which include railway related schematics, railway timetables and equipment manuals. The museum began as a preservation society in 1983 with an effort to restore a 1903 wooden Russel Snowplow gifted by Northwood Pulp and Timber. In 1984, the city of Prince George gifted 6.5 acres to the Railroad Preservation Society for a Museum site. Track was laid, artifacts and rolling stock were collected and the Central B.C. Railroad Preservation & Museum Society opened its doors in July of 1986. The mandate of the Museum was changed in 1989 to include forestry in the collecting mandate.