Photo credit: City of Prince George
Colleen Van Mook // Downtown PG
This time last year we were watching the weather… hoping for snow and ideal weather conditions for a day of winter fun in Downtown Prince George. Our partners at Ness Lake Bible Camp were watching and clearing ice on the lake to make sure that we had the best ice in town to build our ice slide and ice throne. The City of Prince George was checking out the snow scene in our local parks to make sure they could haul in fresh and clean snow for the snow wall and snow sculptures. The crew at Viking Construction were getting ready to build the forms for all the snow and ice pieces that would turn Community Foundation Park into a winter playground. Our internationally acclaimed sculpture artist, Peter Voglaar, was warming up his tools to magically transform those snow and ice blocks. Many great groups were planning out their secret SMORE recipes in hopes of taking home the THERE’S SMORE DOWNTOWN contest trophy. Many amazing vendors and crafters were organizing their wares for the famous Indoor Winter Market and our community partners were preparing their family fun winter activities. But, most of all, Prince George families and friends were counting down the days for when they could come downtown and ‘Celebrate Winter’ by playing some road hockey, sliding down the ice slide, riding the Cottonwood Express Mini-Train, enjoying campfire treats and appreciating the talents of local exhibitors and vendors. Those were the good old days – a whole year ago!!!
Downtown Prince George will miss partnering with the many organizations and businesses who joined together to bring a fun and winter festival atmosphere to our downtown over the last four years. Sunday February 14th would have been our 5th annual celebration of winter in our downtown. Sadly, we will have to put the winter playground, family fun activities, winter market and There’s Smore Downtown contest on hold for 2021. We hope to bring the festival atmosphere back to our downtown in 2022.
BUT…WE WANT TO SHARE 7 OTHER WAYS YOU CAN ENJOY DOWNTOWN THIS WINTER …
Take a trip to the Market!
The Prince George Farmer’s Market on 3rd Avenue is open year-round and should be on your Saturday “TO DO” List. A Butler’s Market on 4th Avenue is a great place to explore on the weekends and watch for the re-opening of Vendor’s Market on 2nd Ave.
Discover the Diverse Dining Scene!
There really is something to satisfy every food craving from fine, casual or family dining, café and lounge atmospheres, pub style, and a craft brewery. Choose from over 35 dining establishments serving snacks, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and drinks.
Explore Artistic Talent and Cultural Expression!
Our very own art gallery provides opportunities for diverse experiences through participation and exhibitions. There are also many amazing treasures created and shared by artistic entrepreneurs in our downtown shops and indoor markets.
Experience Unique Shops and Boutiques!
Explore over 70 exclusive stores and shops where you will find men’s and ladies fashions, home décor, furniture, appliances, art, giftware, craft supplies, jewelry, eyewear, sports equipment, groceries, fresh flowers, antiques and so much more.
Indulge in Your Well-Being!
Choose from over 25 beauty and personal care businesses for all your pampering and self-care needs. When you are looking for a new look, special style, meaningful body art and jewelry or just a day of relaxing – you will find that special place downtown.
Enjoy Some Family Fun!
There is action and fun to be had all over downtown. Try your skills at escape gaming, enjoy a game of billiards or bowling, learn some martial arts, find a special book to enjoy or take an historic walk through the streets and avenues.
Find the Right Services for Every Need!
Downtown professionals are in abundance to provide financial, legal, risk management, educational, marketing, healthcare, and support services. Over 230 businesses in downtown can help you to thrive in your personal and professional lives.
AND… YOU CAN ENTER THE 2021 DOWNTOWN WINTERFEST CONTEST…
While you are enjoying downtown and supporting our great businesses you can enter to win. Beginning February 7th, find your way into Downtown Prince George to look for our winter snowflakes and our Downtown Winterfest hashtag on downtown business windows. Take your selfie in front of five (5) downtown businesses and tag Downtown PG on Facebook or Instagram before February 14th at 4pm. There are three great prizes! Enter to win $500, $250 or $100 worth of Gift Certificates to spend at downtown businesses.
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram as well as our website for more details about the 2021 Downtown Winterfest contest.
About Downtown Prince George: The Prince George Downtown Business Improvement Association is funded by and exists to serve its members – the downtown (C1 Zone) business and property owners. Our goal is to support and grow the economic vitality and energy of Prince George’s downtown. We do this through advocacy and partnerships that focus on events and promotions, beautification, and business development initiatives.
About the Author: Colleen Van Mook is the Executive Director for Downtown Prince George. Colleen is proud to support the Board in their vision to support and grow the economic vitality and energy in Prince George’s downtown. Taking responsibility for the day-to-day operations and ensuring the implementation of programs, services and projects has been a rewarding role over the last five years. She has lived a familiar story, coming to Prince George with the plan to stay for just two years. Thirty-two years later, she and her husband along with their two adult children continue to enjoy their life in Prince George. During these crazy times, the collaboration and support of this community proves she has made the right choice and she is encouraged to see how the community has rallied around local business, including downtown businesses to Support PG.