Prince George is BC’s largest northern city and a hub for services in Northern BC. It is also a hub for outdoor enthusiasts! As we drove into town, we looked down into the core of the city to see the town next to the confluence of the Fraser and Nachako Rivers. Not many towns can boast that view! As we scanned up past the riverbank we could see beautiful hills and rolling mountains surrounding the area, and maps quickly unleashed a myriad of lakes and hiking trails for us to explore.
We hadn’t been on the ground for more than 30 minutes before we knew… we were going to like it here!
Explore Prince George By Bus – Day One
We boarded the BC Transit
bus and we’re excited that our first trip took us on a bit of a tour around town so we could familiarize ourselves with the region. I was really surprised at how much “green” and water there was around town. The site of the rivers crossing is really unique and powerful.
Our bus took us right to Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park. This park is an amazing flagship park in Prince George and features enough amenities to keep the whole family entertained for the day!
We spent the morning at the playground, which provided the children with the opportunity to climb, swing, hide, and tag on a variety of equipment. The favourite playground equipment was a sunken ladder truck that had been converted into a climbing masterpiece!
After a lunch break, it was time to take some refuge from the heat and head inside the Exploration Place Museum. (Located 100 meters from the playground within the same park.)
As we walked into the museum we were greeted by a “to-scale” dinosaur that reached from the mall floor to the upstairs level. The kids got to go inside an aquarium and meet face to face with some sturgeon, and also enjoyed posing inside a Tyrannosaurs Rex skull!
The museum had a very unique approach to education. They openly invited guests to touch everything (and if it wasn’t appropriate it was out of reach or covered in glass)
- The oldest snooker table in Prince George was still allowed to be played on!
- Kids could hold snakes and help the caretakers feed them dead mice
- Petting cockroaches was encouraged
- Animal furs were plentiful and kids were encouraged to feel the difference between the pelts.
We planned to stay at the museum for an hour but after two and a half hours we still weren’t done and hadn’t seen it all! My kids are still talking about it!
A water break and a walk across the parking lot brought us to the train station. This little train is a fully functioning steam train. “All aboard” and we were invited to take a tour around the track! After our tour, the engineer (a real engineer too) invited us up front to check out how the steam engine worked (and allowed a few poses for pictures)
Needless to say my kids slept well that night! Who knew so many adventures could be had in one day! Guess that’s what happens when you choose to explore Prince George by bus!