With the snow gone and the sun out trade in your winter boots for hikers and your snow shoes for Frisbees and soccer balls and get out with your Little and enjoy all Prince George has to offer. Prince George summers are full of no cost activities and natural beauty that make you want to spend all day outside! Outdoor activities boost brain power, give us much needed vitamin D and helps in getting us active after a winter cooped up inside. Getting outside with your Little is a great way to build your bond and show them some of Prince George hidden gems, and we have come up with a great list of activities to get you going.

Pack a picnic and spend the day at Cottonwood Island where you can walk along the Nechako River; keep your eyes peeled for the carvings in the trees along the way! Take a trip to the local rainforest, the Ancient Forest, just a 45 minute drive from town to view waterfalls and enormous ancient cedars.  Looking for a challenge?  Race your Little up the Cutbanks.  It’s a steep climb that will leave your legs burning but the views of the river make up for it.

The whole month of July is Celebrate Prince George Summer Festival, full of many events to showcase all Prince George has to offer!  Enjoy Canada Day in the Park at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park, BMO KidsArt Dayz on July 7th and 8th and Big Brothers Big Sisters’ city-wide lemonade stand, Big Squeeze, on August 2nd.  If yoga is something you and your Little are interested in, attend one of Chinook Yoga’s Community Classes that take place weekly.

Regional Lakes and Parks

Have a day?  Take a trip to West to Purden Lake and plan to play some beach volleyball or soccer, eat lunch under the covered picnic area and take a dip in the crisp water.  It does not take very long to get outside of the city and hit the Fort George Canyon Provincial Park, and enjoy views of the Fraser River, hike through the 4.8 km trail up to the plateau to get a breathtaking view of the rapids and local wildlife.

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How about training for a 5km marathon? Blue Spruce Trail Race on June 17thor the Joe Kelly Memorial Run on October 15th are both local to Prince George and will give you plenty of time to train. Start by finding a route and begin with small goals together.

Take your match outside and off the couch and explore Prince George and the surrounding area.  Sit down with your Little, check out Tourism PG and make a list of all the things you’d like to do this summer!