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Summer in Prince George

Summer is fantastic in Prince George!  Being surrounded by many outdoor activities, long days and endless options for weekend trips makes Prince George the place to be!  We are also lucky that there are so many fun things to with children in the summer here.

Beautiful parks

Prince George Symphony Orchestra playing in a parkI have heard many times from visitors about how many beautiful parks there are in Prince George. Some of my favorites are Rainbow Park, Lheidli T’enneh Memorial ParkConnaught Hill, and Moore’s Meadow. Moore’s Meadow is especially great if you have a four-legged family member. The enormous meadow is an excellent place for a families to take walks or bike rides.  Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park has an awesome water park that residence and visitors can enjoy for free on warm sunny days.  Lots of fun events take place at that park during the summer; Aboriginal Day celebrations, free yoga and Canada Day celebrations with fireworks.

Duchess Park Playground also offers a great place for families to converge in the summer. It is a dynamic all-in-one park area where there is something for everyone!  An off-leash dog run with separate areas for big dogs and little dogs, huge playground for children, and a biking track for kids and BMXers. The park backs on to the secondary school of the same name and is a meeting point for many friends in town. 

Day trips

If you are not quite up for camping but would like to go for a day trip the opportunities are endless.  My personal favorite place to go is Barkerville.  The historic gold rush town gives visitors the feeling that they have gone back in time. You can visit the old school house for a lesson, take part in a church service or even visit Barkerville’s historic Chinatown. On the really roasting summer days it is best to pack your beach gear and head out to Purden Lake. The lake is about 40 minutes from town and offers excellent swimming and a nice beach area to bask in the sun while reading. Children will enjoy splashing around in the water and making sand castles on the beach for hours. 

Day camps for children

Two Rivers Art Gallery

Credit: Kelly Bergman

Prince George has excellent day camps for children throughout the summer as well. UNBC holds Active Minds Day Camp every summer where children are in the university environment learning about science, engineering, computers, and theatre. The Prince George Community Arts Council and Two Rivers Gallery also hosts weekly day camps for children that are centered on arts and crafts.  The Prince George Public Library always hosts their summer reading program every year. Kids can come to a variety of free events such as Minecraft, computer coding instructional programs, story times and Nerf tag nights. 

Summer in Prince George has so much to offer everyone that you will never be bored!

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