This spring, Prince George had been blessed with hot weather as we approached the month of April, which meant for early openings of our local golf courses. Within the city limits, we have several golf courses for every level of golfer. It’s very common for our local golf courses to hold tournaments and fundraisers in support of our community which makes it an enjoyable sport for a great cause.
Recently, we took a family outing to one of the many courses, Pine Valley Golf Course, which is located just off Highway 16 West. This par 3 course has been in the core of our city since the 1960’s and is a great way to soak up the sun as you walk or cart the course’s 18 holes. With the flat lands, we were able to bring our son who has cerebral palsy and requires a wheelchair to get around. This course has 4 driving cages, putting greens, juniors, mens and ladies days as well as junior camps to allow opportunity for everyone to enjoy. The course was in great conditions filled with eager golfers to start off the year. Our community is filled with kind individuals who were happy to see our son out enjoying a sport that many would think could not be enjoyed by someone with his physical abilities; but it’s about abilities, not disabilities. Our son was smiling from ear to ear as he took turns driving off the tee and putting on the greens. He did better than his mom on some holes which made the day all the more better to see such happiness from him.
We are new homeowners to a rancher style home within city limits with nearly 5 acres to do activities as a family. We were able to build a mini driving range in our backyard to get rid of our winter cobwebs before we hit the golf courses. We also get to spend many nights out in the backyard sitting around our fire pit enjoying the new home. As Prince George is so affordable, we have more time for family and leisure activities.
Since being in our new home, we’ve noticed it’s different to not have neighbours right next to us, but still comforting that they are close enough to build relationships. A few times a year the neighbours gather together for a bbq to ensure we are all meeting and greeting each other and staying informed about upcoming events.
On our days off, our neighbourhood is an excellent place to pass the time riding dirt bikes or hopping on the quad hitting back roads that are filled with the real beauty of living in the north. It’s not uncommon to see rabbits running across our path, deer leaping through the fields, neighbours riding their horses and moose feeding off the willows. It’s a great way to unwind and take in some fresh air all while living only minutes from our local shopping centres, such as Walmart, Canadian Tire, and Costco.