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2020 Downtown Fallfest – new ways and more days!

Colleen Van Mook // Downtown Prince George Fall is a time to celebrate the changing of the leaves and to embrace that slight chill in the air. Last year, we were so excited to see how Prince George folks filled our downtown streets on the wonderful Downtown Fallfest Saturday in September. Although the 2020 event will look different, we did not want to lose the opportunity to promote downtown and to give our community a chance to celebrate the autumn season. We have turned Downtown Fallfest into a month-long celebration and a way to support our great downtown businesses –

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Introducing the Fraser Fort George Outreach Program for local businesses

Krystin Dubuc // Community Futures Fraser Fort George (with contributions from Amelia Merrick) The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to place pressure on our local businesses and organizations, which will have longstanding consequences that are just starting to emerge now. To help understand these consequences, Community Futures Fraser Fort George (CF) has launched a new program designed to provide business support during the pandemic.  The Fraser Fort George Outreach Program, with funding from the Northern Development Initiative Trust Regional Business Liaison program and Western Economic Diversification COVID-19 contribution, was launched on September 1, 2020. This 12 month program will

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7 ideas you can use to plan a beautiful day

Mary Lu Spagrud // Canadian Mental Health Association – Prince George Branch In these times of stress and uncertainty, we need to ensure we are taking care of our mental health. An important part of maintaining optimum health is to practice self-care.  Self-care is finding time to care for ourselves and doing things that bring a sense of connection, energy, rejuvenation and a sense of contentment. Many of these feelings can be met by doing something that makes you happy. Here are seven ways to increase happiness, and to start the process of planning your own beautiful day. 1. Strengthen

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Tee it up in Prince George!

Originally published on Tourism Prince George Colin Carson // Tourism Prince George Surrounded by the wild north, Prince George boasts six distinct golf courses and ample opportunities to play. Nestled in between valleys and running through natural northern forests, golfers can choose between a variety of play styles and terrain. You’ll soon find yourself on the edge of the city playing among wildflowers and local wildlife or centered in the core of the city valley, with amenities only minutes away.   Aberdeen Glen Book a Tee Time Located less than ten minutes from downtown, this premier course is the longest course in the

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The CEO travels: Safety first!

Gordon Duke // Prince George Airport Authority As the President and CEO of the Prince George Airport Authority, and through my roles in previous airports, I have always been an avid air traveler, and a self-identified “Aviation Geek”. With the shut-down of air travel at the height of COVID-19 restrictions, I underwent the longest period in my life that I had not been on an airplane. It felt so good to get on one again. Air travel is a comfortable old friend of mine, but for those of you who travel infrequently or wonder how it looks now and how

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What business owners need to know about the temporary layoff period in British Columbia

Kendall Robertson // Prince George Chamber of Commerce The deadline for British Columbia’s temporary layoff period is fast approaching. On June 25th, the province extended the temporary COVID-19 layoff period to August 30th after recommendations to do so from the B.C. Chamber of Commerce network. So, what does that mean for business owners? What is a temporary layoff? The Government of B.C. states that an employee is laid off when they’re given less or no work with the plan that the employee will eventually return to a regular schedule. If an employee is laid off, they are still considered to

The Climb for Cancer might look a little different – but it’s back!

Christina Doll For four years, the Climb for Cancer has been held at the Prince George cutbanks to raise money for the Kordyban Lodge, which provides affordable and compassionate care for Northern BC residents receiving treatment in Prince George, helping make the mountain they must climb when battling cancer a little easier to overcome. This year, COVID-19 temporarily postponed the fifth edition of the Climb for Cancer, but it has been re-imagined and is now happening on August 8, 9, 15 and 16 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm each day. How the re-imagined Climb for Cancer will run The

Northern BC Tourism Resiliency Program Supporting Businesses on the Road to Recovery

Rita Dubman // Northern BC Tourism Association The Northern BC Tourism Resiliency Program provides Northern BC tourism businesses with meaningful, hands-on guidance and support to manage the immediate impact of the COVID 19 crisis, adapt and work towards long-term resiliency. “This program was designed by the tourism industry for the tourism industry and intended to provide guidance to tourism businesses through this challenging time,” says Clint Fraser, CEO, Northern BC Tourism Association. “We encourage businesses that need additional assistance to register for the program.”  The program is part of the province-wide Tourism Resiliency Network, a partnership between the British Columbia

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Ways to #ExploreBCNow this summer

Christina Doll // City of Prince George For many us, 2020 was going to be the year of exploration or relaxing vacations. Then COVID-19 hit and we were told to stay apart but stay connected. Fast-forward a few months since the March pandemic declaration and we’ve entered phase three of BC’s Restart Plan, which means we have the green light to travel within the province. If you normally trek across Canada or fly internationally for your summer vacation and are looking for some ideas on how to #ExploreBCNow, here are some ways you can safely be a tourist in Prince

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How Downtown Prince George re-imagined Downtown Summerfest

Alisha Rubadeau // Downtown Prince George On Sunday July 12 Downtown Prince George invites you to our re-imagined Downtown Summerfest! That seems like the easiest sentence to write, but it was no easy task getting to it. The idiom “we’re building the plane while flying it” has been our motto since February. The changes that we have seen this year have left many events in Prince George cancelled or postponed. When we had our first Downtown Summerfest Zoom meeting, the team at Downtown Prince George knew we wanted the event to go on – but none of us could imagine

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