One of the best things about living in Prince George is you can drive just 15 minutes in any direction and find yourself on the edge of wilderness. Beautiful forests surround us and of course that means excellent opportunities for epic hikes. There are so many to choose from, whether you feel like driving a mere half an hour or a few hours, but I’ve picked out four of my favorite hiking destinations, one for each direction out of Prince George. They all make for great day hikes, so pack a lunch and your bear spray, and get moving!
I don’t pretend to know a lot about beer besides what I like and what I don’t like. But with the sudden surge of microbreweries and craft beer sprouting up across BC lately, it’s hard not to notice when they appear in unlikely places – like Valemount BC, a small town of about 2,000 people nestled in the mountains, 292 kilometres (181 miles) east of Prince George, near the Alberta border.
Three Ranges Brewing Company, opened by Michael Lewis in December 2013, is well worth the 7 hour round trip drive I took to get there. I recently took this trip with the local Prince George Kiwanis Club, in promotion of their Kiwanis Ale Fest that will take place in January 2015. About twenty-five beer “enthusiasts,” many of them strangers (but not for long), piled onto a big coach bus for a full day of togetherness with one thing in mind: beer. Now that’s love.
One wildly important fact about Prince George, which is little known to those not from here, is that we have an amazing variety of food establishments. We have restaurants and pubs from fancy dining to outstanding ethnic cuisine to casual, hip joints. My absolute favourite in the latter category is Nancy O’s Restaurant.
Whenever I have friends visiting from “the city” (e.g. Vancouver, Kelowna, etc.), I always bring them to Nancy O’s for brunch or lunch and they’re always blown away to find a spot in PG that “could belong in downtown Vancouver,” as one guest put it.