If you recently relocated to Prince George, or are thinking of making the move, you might be a little apprehensive about our winters. Yes, the colder months can get pretty chilly, and we often get lots of snow, but there’s still plenty to enjoy about being in Prince George in the winter.
#1. Hit the Slopes
Being a winter city has its advantages. When the snow hits, there are multiple hills to choose from for skiing and snowboarding. Downhill skiers and boarders who are just starting out or want an option that is within city limits should check out the Hart Ski Hill. Purden Ski Village is east of PG on highway 16, while Powder King is north on highway 97.
Cross-country skiers can head over to Otway for fantastic trails and facilities including a biathlon range, lit trails for night skiing and dog trails.
#2. Go on a Winter Adventure
There are many trail networks in and around PG to explore on snowmobiles or snowshoes. We also have lots of lakes, so rent an ice auger and rod from the visitor centre and try your hand at ice fishing!
If you love skating, visit the Outdoor Ice Oval or a community rink.
East of Prince George, you can explore the world’s only inland rainforest on snowshoes at the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park.
#3. Attend our Winter Events
Our city hosts multiple events during the winter months that celebrate the season or encourage locals to get out and have fun. Here are a few to get you started:
Railway & Forestry Museum Celebration of Lights
Caledonia Nordic Winter Festival
2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships
#4. Get Competitive
If you’re looking for a challenge and motivation to train during the winter months, sign up for the Prince George Iceman competition (skiing, running, skating, swimming) that has been running for over thirty years.
If you prefer to be a competitive spectator, choose a local hockey team to support. Prince George is home to the Prince George Cougars (WHL team) and the Prince George Spruce Kings (Junior A Hockey Club).
#5. Enjoy the Local Entertainment
Prince George has a vibrant local restaurant scene for you to enjoy on cold winter evenings. In addition to several popular chain restaurants, there are homegrown restaurants, cafés, breweries and a fruit winery, featuring a range of cuisines, specialties and local produce. Many offer live music, and if you’re looking for a unique winter experience, CrossRoads Brewing has an outdoor curling rink on their patio!
The CN Centre, the Prince George Playhouse, Theatre Northwest, the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, the Omineca Arts Centre and Sonar Comedy & Nightclub all host regular performances featuring local, national and international artists.
Embrace winter with us and move up to Prince George, BC!