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Church at Barkerville historic site


Staycation anyone? Things to do within a day’s drive of Prince George

It’s that time of year where the highways get busy with the long haul travelers seeking their next adventure. Normally, I’m one of these people that takes every opportunity to explore the many sights that beautiful British Columbia has to offer. However, due to a new baby due at the end of the summer, I have elected to spend the summer close to home and experience what Prince George has to offer instead. Fortunately for me, this region has endless activities located just down the road from my house!  

Vibrant Communities Rich in Culture

benches by a train

A train passing by the Whistle Stop Gallery.

It’s often not talked about, but our communities are steeped in rich history, culture, and vibrant communities and there are many places throughout the region that shares this history. Some, such as The Exploration Place or Huble Homestead, can be easily visited in an afternoon. If you want to get out of town for the day (as we sometimes want to do) there are many attractions only a couple hours down the road such as Barkerville Historic Townsite or The Whistle Stop Gallery in McBride.  An excellent resource that lists the many cultural attractions nearby is the Golden Raven, which promotes the many attractions located in the Fraser-Fort George region, and just beyond.

Get Outdoors

Apline meadow

Passing through the Alpine meadows along the Raven Lake hiking trail.

Whether you’re looking to spend the day, or perhaps a couple nights, in the great outdoors, you have come to the right place. Prince George offers a wide variety of options to explore and get reconnected with nature. All within a less than day’s drive, you can find breathtaking sights like Hixon Falls, hike to alpine meadows in Sugarbowl-Grizzly Den, and visit the mammoth cedars at Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park. All of this is accessible within an hour’s drive of Prince George so it won’t take you long to get out of the busy city and unplug for a little while.

Finding Your Own Private Island

sunset over a lake

Watching the sunset from Carp Lake Island.

When looking for things to do around Prince George, I had never dreamed that I could have my own little private island getaway. But at Carp Lake Provincial Park, you could do just that. If you have a boat or a canoe, you can access one of 16 wilderness camping spots located across 4 islands on the lake. While this island offers basic amenities, it also boasts amazing scenery, endless fishing opportunities, and a real opportunity to sit back, relax, and take it all in. Just be sure to reserve your spot as they can get quite busy on the weekends.

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