The May long weekend is the perfect time to relax, unwind, and celebrate some much-deserved time off. While the 2020 long weekend may look a little different from years past, there are still many ways that you and your family can enjoy what Prince George has to offer.
This long weekend, we’re really encouraging people to stay close to home, practice safe physical distancing and enjoy the great activities right in our own community’s backyard. It’s important that we all continue to do our part to “plank the curve” to minimize the impacts of COVID-19.
Right now is really a perfect time to be a local tourist. There’s likely things in this city you always say you want to do, but never have – whether that’s a local hike, fishing lake, or other nature gem. We’re beginning to see a lot of local businesses adjusting their operations so they can open safely and within the guidelines of health authorities.
Here are six ways that you can create fantastic, local memories over the May long weekend.
1. Explore Goodsir Nature Park
Goodsir Nature Park is a local treasure that features a beaver pond, a beautiful botanical garden, and over 200 different species of trees and flowers. There are lots of informative signs if you’re looking to tie in some educational activities for the kids. Please sign the guest book and leave a donation; the park is one man’s 30-year labour of love! Call in advance for a guided tour, access to the plant museum and the J.L Good Vinyl Museum. Learn more about the park online or call 250-971-2337.
2. Enjoy a horseback ride at El Shaddai Ranch
El Shaddai is open for the season, and their horseback rides are perfect for the entire family – and such a treat after being cooped up inside! Be transported on a trail ride for two hours into the wilderness and fresh air that will help you unwind and enjoy everything nature has to offer. Home to a variety of wildlife, they offer a chance to see the Omineca in all its undisturbed glory and natural habitat. Learn more about the ranch online or call 250-640-6651.
3. Take in an outdoor movie at the Park Drive-In Theater
Recently highlighted on Support PG as a featured business, the Park Drive-In Theater has been part of the Prince George community for many years and is a much loved attraction located just off of Chief Lake Road. For the 2020 season, the Park Drive-In has implemented new processes and procedures to ensure they are keeping patrons safe. This weekend, the lineup includes Grease, Bloodshot, Trolls World Tour, and Stand By Me. Check out the Park Drive-In website for more information.
4. Cultivate your green thumb
May long is a fantastic time to kick off summer gardening, and it’s the perfect meditative activity to get you outside and even break a little bit of a sweat. Check out our “Open Now” Directory for garden centers and nurseries that are currently open, and visit the David Douglas Botanical Society’s Plant Sale online or by appointment.
5. Work on your golf swing
Golf courses across Prince George are now open! It’s easy to social distance while on the course and extra time is being added between games to space golfers out. To learn more about local golf courses and their unique features, head to the Tourism Prince George golf course directory.
6. Visit a provincial park
With BC’s small- and medium-sized provincial parks opening just in time for the May long weekend, you can enjoy a local trail or outdoor recreation site while practicing safe social distancing. BC Parks is reminding residents to visit provincial parks that are close to home, maintain safe distances between fellow visitors, practice appropriate hygiene, and stay home if feeling unwell. Visit the BC Parks website for a full list of parks that are now open.
Be sure to share your May long weekend adventures with us on social media – share your photos and videos on Instagram using #SupportPG to be featured on our social wall!
About the author: Kirstyn Wallace is the Marketing Coordinator at Tourism Prince George. A graduate of the College of New Caledonia’s Business Management Program, Kirstyn brings over six years of experience in marketing and communications to the team. Kirstyn has logged many hours exploring and travelling northern BC and has spent extensive time abroad in a variety of different countries.