This Saturday (Aug. 31), one of the most magical places in the Prince George area is about to get a little more magical.
A free family-friendly event is taking place to celebrate the beauty, biodiversity, and wonder of B.C.'s Ancient Forest/Chun T'oh Whudujut Provincial Park.
The event begins at 11 a.m. with a welcome to the Territory by the Lheidli T'enneh First Nations, followed by a series of short speeches and lunch (by donation so bring some change).
Then, in the afternoon there will be local artists and musicians scattered throughout the forest performing and displaying their creations.
Those with an interest in science can learn about the forest's incredible biodiversity can join a guided nature walk, and those with wild imaginations can explore the trails searching for Gandalf and mystical forest fairies.
There will also be a special tribute to Lheidli T’enneh Elder Mary Gouchie.
Mary was a true leader, teacher, and a champion to the Lheidli T’enneh people and will be remembered for her hard work in protecting and preserving the Dakelh language.
There will be a special plaque unveiled at the archway of the picnic shelter and Gathering Place to commemorate Mary’s contributions to the community.
The festival is dedicated to Gouchie and will be celebrating her achievements outside near the entryway of the Ancient Forest trails.
There will also be free bus transportation from Prince George and McBride for those who RSVP (but be warned, there’s limited bus seats available so it’s first come first served).
Others can drive in their own vehicles and park at the Ancient Forest or at Slim Creek Rest Area.
You can book your shuttle online.
Here is the schedule of the day’s (Aug. 31) events:
- 11:20 a.m. - Lheidli T'enneh First Nations Territorial Welcome and prayer
- 11:30 a.m. - Committee Welcome
- 12 p.m. - BBQ Lunch (by donation) and park exploration
- 12 p.m. and 1:15 p.m - Guided naturalist walks
- 4 p.m. - Event concludes
The Ancient Rainforest is about 115 km east of Prince George on Highway 16 and 103 km west of McBride.
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