Longing for a getaway this summer?
You may want to consider saving a bunch of travel time and re-discover what’s in your own backyard. Local businesses have partnered to offer a number of staycation packages through Support PG that are both attractive for your pocketbook and increase your knowledge and appreciation of the world close to home.
“It’s part of the larger Support PG campaign, which is the result of 11 local organizations getting together to assist and support businesses that are dealing with the effects of COVID-19,” Christina Doll of Support PG explains.
“Now that we are in phase three of B.C.’s restart plan that allows more travel within the province, we are able to focus more on our own hard-hit tourism sector.”
This includes working with local accommodation providers, tour operators, restaurants, and retail businesses to produce a number of affordable packages for locals to enjoy within Prince George.
Currently, there are five different staycation packages to choose from, ranging from mid-week camping at Salmon Valley Campground, to a romantic weekend at Prestige Treasure Cove Resort, or a trip to the Northern Lights Estate Winery Bistro for some nibbles and a glass or two of wine.
“They are focused on families, couples and a girls night out theme,” Doll says, adding more details on each can be found on the Support PG website.
“We are also working to add more, this is just a starting point. But our aim is to get locals to become tourists in Prince George.”
While the “staycation” promotion is to help support businesses impacted by a reduction in seasonal tourism, Doll says one of the spin-offs is anticipated to be for locals to re-discover what Prince George has to offer.
“In addition to enjoying the wonders outside, such as hiking, camping and kayaking, businesses are welcoming back customers to their restaurants and pubs.
“Plus, if you are looking for a relaxing break away from your home, we have packages that include a stay at a local hotel.
“People have always been very supportive of local business,” Doll adds, “and now that many are eager to get out again, hopefully, with our staycation packages it will influence them to vacation closer to home in the long run and enjoy the quality of their local accommodations, restaurants and retail options.”
For more about how you can get away in your own backyard, visit supportpg.ca and click on the Staycation Packages tab.