As the COVID-19 crisis has forced organizations to cancel events that see crowds gather in a public space, there are a few organizations and destinations that could still offer an alternative to the more traditional Canada Day celebrations.
Huble Homestead, while not officially hosting special events, is still open for its regular season as social distancing in the wide open spaces of the historic site is possible. With a few adjustments, people can still have fun at the homestead with self-led activities, social distancing while exploring the handmade treasures in the general store and enjoying a burger or hot dog from the concession.
For more information visit www.hublehomestead.ca.
The Central Interior Railway and Forestry Museum is open with hours of operation and days of the week limited. Access to more enclosed spaces, tours and special events have been restricted but there is still plenty to see at the museum's industrial park. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, stroll among the giants of industry, visit the gardens and urban orchard. For more information visit www.pgrfm.bc.ca.
City parks are open to the public and a stroll in any park could be a suitable activity for Canada Day.
The Downtown Heritage Walking Tour can be done virtually or in person. There are 22 historical locations in downtown Prince George and people can access the tour on their smartphones. Visit the city's website to get started at www.princegeorge.ca and click on “Heritage” in the “Things To Do” category.
Hiking abounds in and around Prince George. For a vertical climb that offers a wonderful view for a hiker's effort, head north to Teapot Mountain on Caine Creek Forest Road. If a shorter version is what's needed, a climb up the cutbanks with access from the Prince George Pulpmill Road could do the cardio trick.
The Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park and Protected Area is British Columbia’s newest provincial park, located about 115 km east of Prince George on Highway 16. It offers an accessible 450 metre walkway that leads to a beautiful waterfall in amongst the only inland temperate rainforest in the world. It's an experience not to be missed. The boardwalk takes visitors past western red cedars that are more than 1,000 years old and offers a look at a unique variety of plants and mosses. Another 2.3 km of boardwalk provides access to more of the forest.
People drive by Mr. PG every day as he is located at the junction of Highways 97 and 16. He was first constructed in 1960 to recognize the importance of the forest industry in Prince George. He had a makeover a few years ago and now stands eight metres tall. He's always ready for a selfie.
For more things to do in Prince George www.tourismpg.com or visit the City of Prince George Facebook page.