Shorter days and colder temperatures can make winter a grind unless you embrace the outdoors!
Add in the effects of a global pandemic, the risk of cabin fever setting in is very real. In many cases indoor activities away of your home are not recommended and any social gatherings (other than your immediate household) are discouraged. But there remains a lot of activities to enjoy outdoors in the Prince George area in the winter that is both fun and safe.
From thrill seeking adventure to passive enjoyment of the cool air, there are winter memories to be made that don’t include the four walls of your home.
Among the fun waiting for you is:
- The Ancient Forest — Experience the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. An expansive 450-metre boardwalk takes you past thousand-year-old western red cedars, a beautiful cascading waterfall and a biodiverse ecosystem supporting a multitude of flora and fauna.
- Cross Country Skiing — Tackle the challenge of 55-kilometres of groomed ski trails at Caledonia Nordic Ski Club — the site of the 2015 Canada Winter Games and 2019 World Para Nordic Ski Championships. The Club also has night skiing, dog-friendly trails and snowshoeing paths available.
- Skiing and Snowboarding — At Adventure Basecamp, the terrain is tailor-made for skiing. Hit the slopes on two planks or one at Hart Ski Hill, Purden Ski Hill or Powder King Resort.
- For the Daring — Tackle the deep powder and thrilling terrain of the mountaintops with heli-skiing. After a rowdy day ripping up the slopes with Bearpaw Heli-Skiiing, return to the cozy lodge to mellow out and enjoy the evening. Crescent Spur Heli-Skiing offers 300 runs on two different mountain ranges, and Dezaiko Lodge is one of B.C.’s original backcountry ski touring lodges.
- From the Air — Some 80 per cent of British Columbia is inaccessible, which means the only way to see some spectacular waterfalls, canyons, mountains, valleys and forests is from the air. Tours with Aberdeen Helicopters offers some of the richest wilderness to be found anywhere in the world.
People are encouraged to check the website of any attraction before they head out to ensure they are up to date with any safety precautions and guidelines from public health — and to make sure the operator is open, and whether or not they need to make reservations or bookings before arriving. Learn more about tourism in Prince George at tourismpg.com